Good Dog: Good beer. Good food. And good art. Is there anything better?
At Good Dog Bar, we’re committed to being part of the community. It’s why when we’re not at our bar, you can often find us supporting other Atlantic City eateries, checking out the local Stockton campus and participating in the discussions about the future of Atlantic City.
It’s also why we support community arts programs and local artists.
“When we heard about and saw the mural program in Atlantic City, we knew we wanted to get involved and incorporate it into Good Dog. And once we saw the talent of the local artists, we knew we would be in good hands,” say Dave Garry and Heather Gleason, proprietors of Good Dog Bar. “The murals bring life and color to the neighborhood and we are proud to be a part of it.”
Heather Deegan Hires
Created by muralist, body and face painter, Heather Hires, the mural in the Good Dog beer garden is fun, sunny, and full of some of our favorite dogs.
“I just did a sketch of a big giant sun, waves coming up on the side, and then I sketched out dogs with beer mugs in their hands and put some on little surfboards coming off a wave” says Hires about the Good Dog mural. “I wanted it to be abstract, sunny, and fun.”
Dorrie Papademetriou founded MudGirls Studios, a nonprofit clay studio, in 2016 to give women an opportunity to work in clay and also earn an hourly wage. These days, you can see their work in several places in and around Atlantic City, including at Good Dog Bar, where a bold and bright 10 x 6 tile mural of dog silhouettes graces an interior wall.
“This project highlights one of Heather and Dave’s dogs,” says Papademetriou. “It features other images of dogs from a past photo contest, surrounding this big silhouette that’s larger than life. It’s the first time we’ve done something subjective.”
Zach Katzen with BK Foxx and Claudio Picasso
Proposed and organized by Zach Katzen of Create 48 and Union Hall Arts, the mural on the north side of Good Dog Bar features portraits of Muhammed Ali, the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. and Fannie Lou Hamer in an homage to Atlantic City’s history in the civil rights movement. The mural was created by artists BK Foxx of Brooklyn and Claudio Picasso of Miami.