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WICHITA, Kansas — Lola Eppright is an aspiring artist.
“There’s no right or wrong in art. You can just draw whatever you want,” says Lola.
She works with everything from crayons and markers, to ink and pastels.
“I usually do it at my grandma’s house.”
Lola is seven years old and along with art, she has a big heart for animals.
“I like zoo animals and tigers are my favorite,” explains Lola.
At the ripe age of seven, Lola has her future plans laid out.
“I want to do surgeries on animals at the clinic in the humane society.”
And she knows what she needs to accomplish to make her dream of vet school at Kansas State University a reality.
“I have to be good at math and science so I can go to college.”
It was a Critter Camp at the Kansas Humane Society that helped feed Lola’s love of helping animals.
“We went to Kitty City. We got to see animals that weren’t even up for adoption yet they were so small and they were so young so we got to see some of them,” says Lola.
She got to watch a surgical procedure.
“The blanket they put over the animal it had a little hole in the middle so they can do the surgery and it’s spaying and neutering. I don’t remember, I think the girls are neutered and the boys are spayed. I don’t know.”
She has time to get that last part figured out.
It was less than a year ago Lola found a way to combine her loves of animals and art.
“I usually decide by how the cat looks so I know what kind of cat I would like it to be,” says Lola.
She sells her art pieces at the Pea Pod Consignment Gallery in downtown Wichita on Final Friday.
“She’s got her own art studio, she came in here we had so much fun because she was greeting people and just lit up the room, and I think she sold enough art to raise over 300 dollars and she donated it to the Kansas Humane Society,” explains Creative Director Gary Streepy, of the Pea Pod Consignment Gallery.
Lola’s goal is to make and sell enough art to give the humane society $1,000.00.
“I need to collect 685 more dollars to get a thousand.”
Her grandfather, David Cox, says, “She’s a special kid. Of course, she’s my granddaughter so I would say that but she is. She’s got some special goals and she keeps very focused on it.”
So someday, Lola can fulfill her childhood dream of helping animals.
“A lot of animals have gone extinct and lizards only have 30 species left of them and I don’t want dogs and cats to become extinct,” says Lola.
If you’d like to check out Lola’s artwork she will be at the Pea Pod Consignment Gallery at Second and Hydraulic on Final Friday, May 31st.
All proceeds from the sale of her art go to the Kansas Humane Society.