Roanoke, Va. -

Colorful canvas squares are on display in the atrium at the Taubman Museum in downtown Roanoke. 

Some are oil paintings. Others are watercolors.  And yet others are done in pastels.  Each 12 inch by 12 inch square features animals and each was done with love to help the animals at the Roanoke Valley SPCA.

"The only requirement is that it be of an animal so that opens up the whole animal kingdom," said Barbara Dalhouse, former President of  the Roanoke Valley SPCA. "We have iguanas. We have horses. We have of course dogs and cats, a pig and we have fish. "

Best in Show is the annual fundraiser that features artwork by both novices and professionals, adults and children.  Some paintings are colorful abstracts. Others are realistic.  Several sculptures are also on sale.

All of the money raised will  help the Roanoke Valley SPCA shelter.   "It's very important," said Dalhouse.  "It goes toward everything the shelter needs, the  feeding of the animals,  the medical care of the animals, the lights and the heat of the building."

The event is from 6:30pm until 9pm Friday February 21  at the Taubman Museum.   It features food, drinks and artwork.  Admission is $5.00 for adults and $1.00 for children 12 and under.

The artwork that is not sold tonight will be up for sale on the Web site http://www.Etsy.com