In September 2021, Athens Area Humane Society left the location it had been operating in since 2007 and moved into its new home on Mitchell Bridge Road. Then, in November of 2022 dedicated a mural by Athens artist David Hale titled, "Homemakers."
The AAHS vision for their new location was “to be a place where the bond between pets and people is celebrated”. As well the Humane Society noted that "in the creative, vibrant culture of Athens, we can’t think of a better way to express what it means to be Athenian than to incorporate some public art throughout the campus."
The artwork (13'x 32') was to be located on the north wall of the center. And given that David, an illustrator, muralist and tattoo artist (who has wall murals in downtown and around Athens) and his family have been volunteers in the cat adoption ward of the AAHS as "Feline Friends," a natural connection existed that allowed AAHS to encourage him to "dream wildly" on the mural's design.
Looking to represent the magic that all companion animals add to our lives, Hale says that "pets offer us incredible opportunities to experience unconditional love - in our homes, in our lives, and in our hearts. I hope this mural can act as a giant 'thank you' to the people who work for and support the Humane Society in its efforts, and most importantly give compassionate care to the furry creatures we are so blessed to have in our homes, families and hearts!"
Love Hawk is a FAMILY, living a life of CREATIVITY. Together, they create art. David along with Emily, Crow and Autumn spend almost all their time together, continually finding new sources of inspiration and creativity. While David does the majority of the hands-on process of making the art, every member of the family plays a role in the act of creating together.
• 48 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle in cotton bag w/ VGP Travel Card
• Finished Puzzle Size: 8.5" x 11"
• Linen pieces on quality blueboard backing
• Matte Finish to reduce glare
• Recommended Age: 13+ Years