|This little Saga “tiger” strikes a poses in front of an Island Dog lithograph of a jaguar on display at the reception area of the Saga Humane Society.|
|Although Mike Gvara, a.k.a. “Island Dog” makes a living by selling his artwork, his soft spot for island critters has prompted him to share some of the proceeds with his favorite non-profit organization, the Saga Humane Society.
Mike Gvara, a.k.a. “Island Dog”, is a well known resident artist who spends much of his time “parked” on the local beach, drawing and selling his popular pencil and ink creations and generally shooting the breeze with anyone who wants to stop for a chat. Although he claims that he will never get rich doing drawings and cartoons, the income keeps him in rum and cigarettes and pays the rent. Despite the essential income, he is now generously donating some of the proceeds from the sale of his artwork to the Saga Humane Society’s “100 Days for 100 Spays and Neuters” fundraising campaign.
Currently on display at the Saga reception area are his detailed, limited edition lithographs. The lithographs are printed on 240 pound acid free linen cover stock and are numbered and signed by the artist. The original has been sold and the printing plate destroyed. When the lithographs are sold out, they will not be reprinted, and are 11” X 14” in size. For sale are also his 2006 calendars, whimsical cartoon books and greeting cards. When these items are purchased from Saga they are able to keep all of the proceeds.
Without a doubt “The Dog” has a soft spot for the islands less fortunate critters and hopes that the sales of his artwork will help towards Saga’s fund raising efforts. The Saga Society is located on Coconut Drive across from the Island Academy and is open Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information on how you can purchase Island Dog artwork please call Saga at 226-3226, or click here for his website.