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Pets and artists gather for fundraiser by two local non-profits

Dogs, cats and artists gathered Thursday evening at Red River Angus Farm just north of town. Photo by Kile Brewer/Grand Forks Herald1 / 4
Two of the three small adoptable kittens watch Mudbucket play Thursday evening at Red River Angus Farm north of Grand Forks during a fundraiser co-sponsored by the North Valley Arts Council and the Circle of Friends Humane Society. Photo by Kile Brewer/Grand Forks Herald2 / 4
Soren Danes, center, walks Sherri, an Italian greyhound who is up for adoption at the Circle of Friends Humane Society at the fundraiser event Thursday night co-sponsored by the humane society and the North Valley Arts Council. Photo by Kile Brewer/Grand Forks Herald3 / 4
Karen Ryba, center, who works at the Circle of Friends Humane Society in Grand Forks, holds an adoptable Jack Russell Terrier Thursday evening during the fundraiser at Red River Angus Farm which the humane society co-sponsored with the North Valley Arts Council. Photo by Kile Brewer/Grand Forks Herald4 / 4

Dogs, cats and artists gathered Thursday evening at Red River Angus Farm just north of town.

The event, held by the North Valley Arts Council and the Circle of Friends Humane Society, featured food, drinks, live music performed by Mudbucket, adoptable animals, a raffle drawing and an art auction.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the new North Valley Arts Center, which will occupy the space above Sander's, with other proceeds going to the humane society.

"My goal going into this event was to bring together our two non-profit organizations," said event organizer from North Valley Arts Council Kathryn Fink. "We share common goals and decided to hold this fundraiser as a partnership."

Animal-themed works by local artist Adam Kemp were sold and auctioned off, as well as works by several other local artists.

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