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FREE Art Workshop: Help create mini ‘caution’ displays for disgusting dog poop!

August 27, 2022, noon2 pm.

Love dogs but hate irresponsible owners who don’t pick up their pooch’s poop? Learn how to turn icky sidewalk messes into art installations!

Small Mercies Art has imagined a creative way to protect pedestrians from the ubiquitous dog poop plaguing the sidewalks of New York. Their paper installations – miniature traffic cones and caution tape – attempt to warn pedestrians of impending dangers as they traverse the city. They’re functional, they’re cute, and they’re a public service announcement:

Save our soles!

In this free art workshop at Atelier Canal, the Small Mercies team of Queen’s artists Jody MacDonald and Ann Cofta will will lead you in creating a souvenir mini traffic cone so you can make your own adorable public art installations when you inevitably encounter disgusting dog poop on the sidewalk.

Small Mercies DIY Kits and hand-sewn zipper pulls and super tiny traffic cone earrings will also be available for purchase.

This event is part of the “Dog Days of Summer” at Atelier Canal. This month-long shoppable salon celebrates our love for our pets – from dogs and cats to lizards and birds – as well as the animal kingdom in general. From paintings, photography, and illustrations to clothing and accessories (for humans and dogs!), this show is curated by Ellen Sturm Niz and features 29 talented local artists and makers from around our city.

More About Small Mercies

Queens artists Jody MacDonald and Ann Cofta, who both enjoy playing with scale in their own work, have teamed together to make small sculptures that mimic larger structures used to indicate hazards on city byways. Armed with installation jump kits, they select a neighborhood, plan a walk together, and keep a keen eye out for dog excrement. Once spotted, the artists surround the menacing pile with their art. The “drop” is then documented and posted on their Instagram: @small.mercies.art

MacDonald and Cofta both have art studios and regularly show their work in galleries and venues in the tri-state area. MacDonald is currently participating in a residency with 4Heads on Governors Island. Cofta will have her 5th solo show this September in Queens. You can see more of their art online, on MacDonald’s website jodymacdonald.ca or on her IG handle @talk.to.me.jody and on Cofta’s website anncofta.com or on her IG handle @anncofta

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