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Adoptable Animals, Pet Paintings Now Installed in Western Reserve Hospital’s Community Art Showcase

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Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, April 9, 2019 – Pet paintings by Benjamin L. Manista along with photos of adoptable animals currently available at the Humane Society of Summit county are now installed in Western Reserve Hospital’s Community Art Showcase.

Manista, a self-trained artist from Ravenna, has been exploring the world of art since he was a toddler. The world is his inspiration – music, nature, fashion, media – and acrylic and glass paint, with fabric to add texture, is his medium.

Manista’s artwork has been displayed in Akrona Galleries and Uncorked. His goal with his art is to evoke happiness and encourage viewers’ minds to wander while thinking about their own self-expression. Learn more about Ben and his art on Instagram (@blmanista_artist82) and Facebook at Benjamin Manista.

Various photographers of the Humane Society of Summit County (HSSC) also provided photos of dogs and cats that are currently waiting for forever homes at their facility ahead of this year’s Bark in the Park event.

HSSC cares and advocates for the abused, neglected and abandoned animals of our community. Their vision is to create a community where animals are treated humanely with core values including compassion, influence and engagement.

Bark in the Park, a celebration of pets and people that love them, takes place Saturday, May 11 beginning at 11 a.m. at Lock 3 in Akron. This event includes a pet walk and expo, food trucks, beer garden, over 80 local vendors, mobile adoption center, blessing of the animals and more. Learn more at

The public is invited to view the current art display in the hallway near the hospital’s main lobby. For more information on HSSC’s adoptable animals, visit