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Paintings For Pets: Art Show & Benefit at the Luna Blue Bar This Week

Posted by Tony & Cheri on November 24, 2008

Award winning artist Barry LauniusThe Luna Blue Hotel & Bar is proud to announce that tomorrow night and the next night, Monday and Tuesday November 24 & 25, we will be sponsoring “Paintings for Pets,” an Art Show & Benefit at the Luna Blue Bar, from 6-11 pm. Our friend and extraordinary artist Barry Launius, has brought a collection of his tropical watercolors and acrylics to display and sell, with the sole purpose of raising money for the Peanut Pet Shelter here in Playa del Carmen! This is an extraordinary generous gesture on Barry’s part. He and his wife Phyllis are also pet lovers, and according to Barry, this show is a memorial of sorts to their dog Rex, who they recently lost, as well as our own Huggybear, who we also lost a short time ago.

Barry is an award winning artist of major talent whose works focus largely on the tropical paradise of the Riviera Maya. We love his art, and it is displayed prominently in the Luna Blue Hotel and Bar and throughout our home. This week’s art show is a rare opportunity to see many of Barry’s original pieces and pick up some early Christmas presents–while benefitting one of our favorite local charities.

A local art framing shop, Paré, has offered a 15% discount on matting/framing any pieces purchased at the art show. We use Paré exclusively to frame all of the art we have purchased for the house and hotel, and they have always done an excellent job. They are located in central Playa del Carmen on Calle 12 between Avenida 15 and 20.

During the Paintings for Pets events, we will be featuring 2×1 margaritas, and Tony will be cooking up his famous Cheeseburgers in Playadise (with proceeds also going to the pet shelter). Local musician Chris Bollister has hinted that he may drop by one or both nights for an acoustical guitar set. We’re hoping for a large turnout.

The cost of the paintings will range from $30 US for watercolors to $350 for the very largest acrylics. Once you see Barry’s work, you’ll fall in love with it!

If you’re in Playa, please drop by the tomorrow or Tuesday night 6-11 pm at the Luna Blue Bar. Calle 26 Norte between 5th Avenue and 10th Avenue. Hope to see you then!

Here are a few of the paintings that will be up for grabs at the Paintings for Pets event:

To view some others that will be for sale at the event, click here.

6 Responses to “Paintings For Pets: Art Show & Benefit at the Luna Blue Bar This Week”

  1. Louise said

    We absolutely love Barry’s artwork!! The paintings look so spectacular displayed in the Luna Blue Gardens!

    Good Luck for tonight & tomorrow.

    Rex & Huggybear would be so proud!


  2. Lovesthesun said

    Is Barry’s art available in the U.S.? It is gorgeous.

  3. Yes, Barry’s artwork is definitely available in the US (he lives in Missouri). His website is

    Tony & Cheri

  4. Hello Tony and Cheri,
    I have opened a restaurant on my former tropical home property here in Playa, and would love it if you came and gave me a review!
    Breakfasts are hearty and compete with the best in Playa, and dinners are Indian-inspired.
    We are open Tuesday morning to Sunday morning, from 7.30 ish to noon, then 6 pm to 9… more hours at high season….
    I look forward to meeting you….
    (duh…. address is Calle 20 between 10 and 15, and the name is Garden Of Eating…)

  5. Tim & Ruth said

    Wish we could have been there to see Barry & Phyllis and the Luna Blue decked out in Barry’s art~!

  6. Alek said

    Hi. Good site.

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