Bark Walk: a dog-friendly artwalk event

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Girls' Club Warehouse

723 Northeast 2nd Avenue

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304

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Girls’ Club Collection presents block-wide Bark Walk to benefit Pets Broward, a non-profit organization dedicated to saving shelter pets and creating a community where all pets and people are valued and treated with respect, kindness, and compassion.

The Bark Walk will feature dog-themed, open call art exhibitions from local artists (subission info at, a live photo booth shoot with artist Alissa Alfonso, dog and kid friendly art making activities, and a heart-melting Adoptable Dog Parade of the most adorable and eligible doggy bachelors and bachelorettes looking for forever homes.

The Bark Walk takes place Saturday, May 26, 5-8pm during the artwalk in the shops along the north edge NE 2 Avenue in Flagler Village. The event is free and open to the public. Well-behaved pets welcomed and encouraged to join.

A new hot spot in Fort Lauderdale, the shops along NE 2 Avenue and Flagler Drive recently opened for business this year with a craft coffee roaster and cafe Wells Coffee, a fit-focused swim shop Montce Swim, high-intensity functional HIIT studio The Fit Shop, a creative-thinking hair salon Form, the working artist studio of Madeline Denaro and the city’s only private art collection/alternative art space Girls’ Club Collection.

Bark Walk activities will benefit Pets Broward, with a portion of proceeds going to the non profit organization, who will also host an Adoption / Foster info booth for visitors learn more about the adoption and foster program and meet their crew of friendly, furry faces looking for new families. Pets Broward will lead the Adoptable Dog Parade, introducing each pup and highlighting their unique personalities.

The Bark Walk coincides with the last Saturday artwalk, connecting with the FATVillage and the MASS District art neighborhoods of Fort Lauderdale for an epic evening out.

Bark Walk Stops:

Girls’ Club at 723 NE 2 Avenue

Girls’ Club Warehouse hosts a multi-venue open call exhibit Best in Show and live dog-friendly photo shoot. Local artists are encouraged to submit and share their hopelessly-devoted to-all-things-dogs artworks for exhibition at Girls’ Club and nearby Madeline Denaro Studio. Entry form and guidelines available at The call is open to any and all creators with in South Florida, with 100% of the entry fees going to support Pets Broward’s mission and activities. Beer and refreshments available, with all profits benefiting Pets Broward.

Also at Girls’ Club, Alissa Alfonso, artist and curator of the Squatter Pup Gallery, will set up a photo shoot for glamor shots of you and your best four legged friends.

Madeline Denaro Studio, 713 NE 3 Avenue

At Madeline Denaro Studio, visitors can start their evening with a zenful session of Doggie Yoga at 5pm, followed by an open studio and meet-and-greet with featured artist Kerry Phillips and the continuation of Best in Show, an open-call exhibit of canine-inspired works by local artists.

Fiber-based artist Kerry Phillips will be exhibiting works from her carpet portrait series, showing visitors her unique process for creating her memorable, commissioned portraits. Meet the artist and take a look inside her very tactile process while considering your very own petable carpet dog portrait.

Wells Coffee, 737 NE 2 Avenue

Wells Coffee will be open, serving the strongest coffees in town, with well-behaved dogs welcome on the outdoor patio. Grab a locally-made and locally-roasted java and kick back in the shade with your favorite beastie-bestie.

Montce Swim, 731 NE 2 Avenue

Montce Swim will be showing off their latest season of swim and beachwear with a dog-friendly kiddie pool to splash around in. Be one of the first to preview their summer collection of locally-made, fit-focused swimwear and the cutest inflatables.

The Fit Shop, 723 NE 2 Avenue

The Fit Shop will be hosting dog versus human and dog/human couple athletic competitions throughout the day.

Form Hair Studio, 727 NE 2 Avenue

Form Hair Studio will be offering pet-safe pastel dye jobs for your trendsetting pups and their fun-loving humans. They’ll also have a special kid- and dog-friendly paw print making art activity to create cross-species collaborative works of art to take home.

Eat & Drink

For the hungry, the Ms Cheezious food truck will be on site serving your favorite grilled cheese, french fries and snacks. Vintage Pops, locally-sourced and organic popsicle makers will be bark walking with us, serving the coolest treats on the block for both humans and dogs. Coffee drinks and pastries available at Wells Coffee. Sodas, water and beers available at Girls’ Club.

For more information about supporting or vending during Bark Walk, contact Sarah Michelle Rupert at, 954-828-9151.

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