WESTPORT — “A Good Day,” a new exhibition of canine-centric artwork, will open with a Feb. 10 reception at Sorelle Gallery.

The event, free and open to the public (and their dogs), will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1o, at the gallery, 19 Church Lane. 

Russell Miyaki, the artist whose paintings are featured in the exhibit, will speak to the gathering at 2:30 p.m. Pet Pantry will provide “Bone Bar” treats for dogs attending the event, and Earth Animal of Westport will offer “doggie gift bags” to the first 50 attendees. Refreshments also will be available. 

The exhibit will be on display through March 2, and for the duration, 10 percent of painting sales and commissions by Miyaki will be donated to Dog Star Rescue and Westport Animal Shelter Advocates, according to the gallery’s announcement.

Representatives of Dog Star Rescue and WASA will attend the reception with dogs in need of homes and available for adoption. Co-hosting the event will be Samantha Yanks, editor-in-chief of Westport, Weston & Wilton Magazine and co-founder with her daughter, Sadie, of The Connecticut Edit.

Miyaki, who works at a studio in Bridgeport, attended school in Colorado, graduating with honors and majoring in advertising design and illustration.

“I use my canvas as a portal, bridging my inner feelings and thoughts to the reality of life outside,” Miyaki said in the gallery’s publicity release. 

“Simultaneously, my canvas serves as a mirror, reflecting my deep empathy for the lives and emotions of others. It’s this connection between self and society, the introspective and the universal, that gives my art its essential vitality and purpose, he added. “… My hope is that through my art, viewers are transported, if only momentarily, to a place of joy and serenity.”

Sandy Pelletier, Sorelle Gallery’s owner, said: “This event is a wonderful opportunity for community members to discover new artwork, support local dog rescue organizations, meet dogs in need of homes, and treat their own pups to a day out. 

“We are thrilled to showcase Russell’s work, which captures the lively, joyful personalities of every dog he paints, in partnership with local organizations that each individually have incredible missions.”

For questions or more information, call Sorelle Gallery at 203-920-1900 or email info@sorellegallery.com.