The Mennello Museum of American Art is launching pet memberships at a Yappy Hour Friday in hopes that it will entice pet parents to support their collection of eclectic art.

Dogs, cats, birds, and their owners will be treated to wine, beer and treats in the Marilyn L. Mennello Sculpture Garden, which overlooks Lake Formosa. The event features doggie pools and even dog beer. Pet member parents can cool off with free Yuengling beer from 6-6:30 p.m.

Orlando City Commissioner Patty Sheehan will bring her dog, Sienna, to help kick off the event. The first 35 pet members to check-in at Yappy Hour will receive a free dog tag courtesy of Dog Tag Art.

The $25 pet memberships include a year of admission to the museum’s pet friendly events, a personalized member ID and 10 percent discounts at participating pet businesses. The pet’s photos can also be published on the museum’s website.

Upcoming events include Howl O’ Woof, with pet costumes and trick-or-treating on Oct. 27 and Brunch with your Pup at the Mennello on Jan. 7, 2018.

The Mennello Sculpture Garden has been a popular doggie destination that draws visitors to its large-scale work by artists Alice Aycock and Dale Rogers, who is nationally known for his metal dog sculptures.

The Mennello Museum of American Art opened in 1998 to preserve, exhibit and interpret the permanent collection of Earl Cunningham paintings. It also offers special exhibitions and programs celebrating other traditional and contemporary American artists.

Owned and operated by the City of Orlando, the museum is housed in what was once the private home of Howard Phillips, son of local philanthropist Dr. Philip Phillips.

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