Art Bark in the Park

3936 Chestnut St, Riverside, CA 92501

The park will be open to the public, free, Saturday–Wednesday, 11 a.m.–5 p.m., and Thursday, October 10, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., before the Pups go to their forever homes.


The Art Alliance of the Riverside Art Museum, who previously brought you Art Float—Riverside (inspired by Portraits of Hope), in partnership with the City of Riverside Parks, Recreation, and Community Services, is proud to present Art Bark in the Park, an homage to man (and woman’s) best friend—the dog!

This October, Riversiders will get a chance to view more than a hundred Art Pups at downtown Riverside’s White Park for an event called Art Bark in the Park, a huge celebration of both art and our canine companions. For the next few months, local artists will be painting, decorating, and transforming metal dog silhouettes into unique, one-of-a-kind works of art.

Art Pups have been painted by local artists Gregory Adamson, Helen L. Bell, Charles Bibb, Chick Curtis, Paulden Evans, Todd Gray, Juan Navarro, r. mike nichols, Yolanda Terrell, Durre Waseem, and many, many more. 

Art shouldn’t be confined inside the walls of a museum. Art should be found where people live, work, and play. Support equitable access to art for all by sponsoring an Art Pup today.

All funds raised through Art Bark in the Park will help the Riverside Art Museum as we weave art into our community and instill a love of art throughout our city! #ArtBark

Art Bark Opening Gala

The Art Alliance of the Riverside Art Museum is organizing this remarkable public art exhibit, which kicks off with a Gala event called Riverside Has Gone to the Dogs on October 4, 2019, from 5:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m. Appetizers and refreshments will be available. Tickets are $25 each. All proceeds from Art Bark in the Park will benefit the Riverside Art Museum.

Thanks to overwhelming support, online ticket sales are now closed! However, we have a very limited number of tickets that will be available at the door. First-come, first-served. Thank you for your support and understanding.

Please join us on Sunday, October 6, 1 p.m.–4 p.m., for a special Art Bark First Sunday in the Park! See details below.

Art Bark First Sunday at the Park

Be sure to come back on Sunday, October 6, for a special Art Bark First Sunday at the Park from 1 p.m.–4 p.m. 

Bring your friends and family to see and take photos with our 130 Art Pups. The Riverside Art Museum will have fun, free, family-friendly art activities for all! The Riverside Public Library will also be here with a Puppy Ear craft and “What’s Your Canine Name?” activity.

BONUS! Canine Companions for Independence will be at the Park during our First Sunday festivities! We’ll also the Riverside Humane Society and Cool Smiles Orthodontics tabling.

Pop over to the art museum during First Sunday as well as we’ll have even more art activities happening here. Get messy and paint with shaving cream to create colorful pups and kitties to create thank you cards! Come make Día de los Muertos pins to wear or attach to your backpack with UCR GLUCK Fellow Cara Rae Joven. (First Sundays @ RAM are sponsored by US Bank.)

Parking is free on Sundays downtown!

Note: Please leave your real-life dogs at home. Dogs are not allowed at White Park per Riverside Municipal Code Section 9.08.015. Thank you.

Art Bark is brought to you by:

RUSD Art Bark Art Contest

The Riverside Art Alliance and Riverside Art Museum, in partnership with City of Riverside Parks, Recreation, and Community Services, invite all RUSD students to submit works of original art for the “Paint That Pup!” art contest! This is in conjunction with a huge, public art show of Art Pups by local artists called Art Bark in the Park, coming up October 4–10, 2019. 

The rules are simple! Just create a work of art based on your own dog, a dog you know, or a make-believe dog. It can be funny or fantastical, realistic or abstract. It can be a dog doing anything, anywhere! Artwork must be two-dimensional (flat) and measure no more than 11×14 inches in size.

All artwork must be turned in to the RUSD Main Office, c/o VAPA Coordinator Annemarie Guzy, 3380 14th Street, Riverside, CA 92501. Deadline is September 20, 2019.

Students could win a cash prize and more thanks to CM School Supplies!

Artwork will be judged on creativity and execution! Make sure you completely fill out the application and securely attach it to the back of your artwork with tape. (If the application is not filled out or attached, we may not have a way to contact you!) Winning artwork will be on display during the Art Bark opening gala event on October 4, 5 p.m.–7:30 p.m., and then at the Riverside Art Museum through October 10.

Partial list of participating artists:

Here are a few of the many amazing and talented artists who have agreed to paint an Art Pup:

  • Gregory Adamson
  • Nick Bahula
  • Blanche Banuelos
  • B.A.T. Printmaking Club of CSUSB
  • Jeni Bate
  • Jim Behrman
  • Helen L. Bell
  • Terry Chacon
  • Jesus Cruz
  • Chick Curtis
  • Teodor Dumitrescu
  • Rachael Dzikonski
  • Judy Davies & Jennifer Guy
  • Paulden Evans
  • Todd Gray
  • Maurice Howard
  • Denise Kraemer
  • Juan Navarro
  • r. mike nichols
  • Geeta Pattanaik
  • Ginger Pena
  • Gary Rainsbarger
  • Anita Silvestri
  • Yolanda Terrell
  • Martin Tobias
  • Katrin Wiese
  • Anna Vanover
  • and MANY, MANY MORE!

Sponsor an Art Pup to take it home!

Choose one of the Sponsorship Levels below.

$500 “Blue Ribbon”

  • An original Art Pup is yours to take home. A sign below your Art Pup* will identify you as its sponsor during the week-long public exhibit at White Park.
  • Two (2 in total) tickets to the Opening Night Gala on October 4, 2019.
  • Your name on the program, RAM website, Art Alliance website, and more!

* Each artist and sponsor will be matched on a first-come, first-served basis by breed at the “Blue Ribbon” and “Top Dog” sponsor levels. 

$1000 “Top Dog”

  • All the advantages of a “Blue Ribbon” sponsor, plus:
    • Two more (4 in total) tickets to the Opening Night Gala on October 4, 2019.
    • Your name on all promotional banners!

$2500 “Grand Champion”

  • All the advantages of a “Top Dog” sponsor, plus:
    • Two more (6 in total) tickets to the Opening Night Gala on October 4, 2019.
    • Pick one of our participating artists (or provide your own) to paint your Art Pup.*
    • Your name on one of our specialty areas, such as the Student Art Corner, etc.

*Sponsorships must be made by August 25, 2019, in order for us to accommodate specific-artist requests.

$5000 “Best in Show”

  • All the advantages of a “Grand Champion” sponsor, plus:
    • Your name will grace the entrance to White Park for the week of the public exhibit.
    • Your choice of ANY dog breed you wish for your Art Pup—Chihuahua to St. Bernard.*
    • Your name will be above the event name in all publications, invites, and promotions.
    • Four more (10 in total) tickets to the Opening Night Gala on October 4, 2019.
    • Prominent mention on social media.

*Sponsorships must be made by August 25, 2019, in order for us to accommodate specific-artist and specific-breed requests.

Please respond as soon as possible. The deadline for inclusion on printed materials is August 15, 2019.

Riverside Art Museum Tax ID #95-1904692. Fair Market Value of goods and services received is $250/Art Pup, and $25 per Opening Gala ticket. Please consult your tax advisor and retain for tax purposes.

We hope you’ll sponsor so each Art Pup can find its forever home.

We only have a few Art Pups left! Scotties, Beagles, and Huskies are no longer available for sponsorships that come in after September 10.


For more information, contact:

  • Kathy Allavie, 951.784.7377,
  • Lucile Arntzen, 951.274.9292,

Thank you to our sponsors!

Grand Champion

The Arntzen Girls

Betty Dixon—In Memory of Leonard Dixon, Paul Bell, Mickie & Ray Miller, 

Emily Neblett, Dave Rines, Dorotha & Josh Taylor


Top Dog

Brad Alewine

Kathy & John Allavie

Baccarella Insurance Services Inc.

Mark & Pam Balys

Kathy & Gary Christmas

Marie J. Fritts/Fritts Ford

Frank & Lucy Heyming

Georgia Hill

The Hwang Family

Lloyd & Megin

Greg & Teresa Marrujo

The Merickel Family

Ross & Tim

Select ACR Inc.

Terry & Cathy Walling


Blue Ribbon

Raul & Jamie Aballi

Keith & Janet Alex

Sarah Amici

Lorraine & Richard Anderson

James Antoyan

Kathryn Arthur

Stephen & Eileen Ashwal

B&W Consulting Engineers

Carolyn & Leo Badger

Scott & Beverly Bailey

Matt & Kathy Barth

Michael Bates, UBS Financial Services

Dr. Chuck & Sally Beaty

BK Customs Inc.

Bogart Bocian

Gerry Bowden

Philp & Selina Bremenstuhl

Carrie Buttigieg

Christine Cahraman

Erin Christmas

Suzy & Gary Clem

Phyllis, Jim, and “Jack” Crabtree

Liz & Steve Cunnison

Joseph & Anne Deem

J L Dietzman

Jim & Brightie Dunn

Bud & Margo Dutton and Dutton Motor Co.

Tom & Marcia Evans

Angelov Farooq

John & Sandi Fay

Patti & David Funder

Dayton & Cheryl Gilleland

Ken & Mary Gutierrez

Adam Guzkowski

Amy Harrison

Heath & Robin Donated to the Newberrys

Andy & Jackie Hopper

Linc, Lolo & Pickles Johnson

KP in Home Care—Kathleen Parra

Sari & Owen Kustner

Law Office of Rosa M. Marquez

Lee & John Levin

Arthur & Peggy Littleworth

The Lovely Thorne Skincare Studio

Ron & Marsha Loveridge

Tami & Steve Maio

Tim & Meredith Maloney

The McDonnells

Sarah Suverkrup Mundy

Shannon Murphy

Jim & Marilyn Orens

Betty & Walter Parks

Ann & Myles Pfeifle & Kim Earhart

Debby & Ken Phillips

Bobbie Powell

Tom Powell & Camille Sanders

Susan Rainey & John Collins

The Razo Family

Emmanuelle & Morey Reynolds

Riverside Air Service Inc.

Riverside Eye Specialists

Riverside Personnel Services

Robert Santillano & Joanne Lee

Sandy & Bill Schnack

Leslie Slamal

Small Animal Hospital

Cookie Smith

Janice Stolzy & Jeffrey Thomas

Dennis Taylor

Judy Teunissen & Jay Lood

Janis & Wendel Tucker

Jimmie Tyson & Hedy Zikratch-Tyson

Sandra Webb

Susan Wolf, Real Estate Agent

Billie Yeager

Jacques & Kristi Yeager


Georgia Anders-Kutch

Daniel Bernstein

Tracee Davidson

Merla & Barton Gaut

Georgia Hill

John Amir Rezaei Dental Corp

Susan Newman-Harrison

Food Donors for Gala:

Jammin’ Bread

Nothing Bundt Cakes

Placita Restaurant 

Raincross Pub & Kitchen

In-kind Sponsors:

Mike Dahdul