Cat Project Archives for January
28 - February 1, 2019.
28, 2019: "Cats were put into the world to disprove
the dogma that all things were created to serve man."-
Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: "I'm all ears. Well, actually...."
Cat Mewvie: Grab The Kitty!
Feline Art: "Cat Cabin",
by Janice Scott.
Artistic Catskill Cats
by Melanie Lekocevic
CATSKILL — Every year they brighten the streets of Catskill in
a simply purrfect way.
They are the artistic cats of Catskill, and they’re prepping to
take the spotlight once again.
On Sunday the Heart of Catskill Association will hold its annual artists’ reception
for the Cat’N Around Catskill public art exhibit, where local sponsors
will pick the cat design of their choice, and then the artists will take
it from there.
“This is our 13th year,” Karen Robinson from the Heart of Catskill
Association said. “The goal each year is to have 50 cats on the streets.
We were able to achieve that last year and I think we will be able to achieve
it this year.”
Businesses and individuals offer to sponsor a cat sculpture; most sponsors
are from the village and town of Catskill. Then artists submit designs
that run the gamut — there have been artistic cats, angelic cats
and pirate cats, and everything in between.
Once sponsors select their design of choice, the artists are given a
couple of months to bring their designs to life. When completed, the
cats are put on display throughout the village and town for everyone
to enjoy all summer long.
Then in the fall, the cats are put up for auction, with a percentage
of the proceeds going to the artists themselves to support the arts,
Robinson said, and the rest going to local charitable causes.
Some of the cat sponsors have supported the project from the start.
“We have the long timers who have been very loyal, with us from the very
beginning, but every year we also get a couple of new ones,” Robinson said. “This
year a couple of non-profit organizations have come on board for the first time.”
This year there were 50 artists who submitted over 90 designs — some
submitted multiple designs; 35 are returning artists and 15 are new to
the project, Robinson said.
Usually the cats go up on display in late spring, but this time one of
the sponsors wanted to do something a little different.
“The Fortnightly Club of Catskill has their Festival of Trees each year,
and we wanted to be able to have an artist do two sitting cats called ‘Santa
Paws’ and ‘Mrs. Santa Paws,’ so we got started a little early
this year,” Robinson stated. “An artist who has been with us for
years offered to do it and she designed her cats in time for the Festival of
Trees, which happens in early November.”
“To my knowledge, this is the first time we did something like this, getting
an early start and getting people excited for the next season,” she added.
In 2018 the cats raised over $68,000 at auction, and much of that went
right back into the community.
“Thirty percent goes back to the artist because we want to support the
arts,” Robinson said. “We also more or less adopted Dutchman’s
Landing, so each year we try to do something to support that.”
This year, organizers are hoping to raise enough money to either replace
or renovate the gazebo at the park, hopefully in time for the summertime
Music in the Park series.
“We hope we can help the village either upgrade or replace the gazebo,
and we hope that can take place this spring before the performances begin,” Robinson
Proceeds raised at auction also support a scholarship for an art student
at Catskill High School, and Robinson said the organization has approached
Columbia-Greene Community College for a similar scholarship at that school.
Some of the funds raised are also donated to various nonprofit organizations
that serve both humans and animals.
Over the past dozen years, the popularity of the public art exhibit has
remained constant each summer — and coming out to view the cats
has become a tradition for many residents, both locally and from afar.
“The people of Catskill absolutely love these cats and they really look
out for them,” Robinson said. “There are loyal sponsors, artists,
and the people of the village and town really love them. We have also drawn people
from around the Northeast and even from around the country to come here and see
The artists’ reception will be held Sunday, Jan. 26, from noon
to 3 p.m. at the Robert Antonelli Senior Center, 15 Academy St., Catskill.
The auction will take place Sept. 21 at The Historic Catskill Point.
“It really brightens up the town and brings people together,” Robinson
said of the project. “It gives people something to be proud of.”
29, 2019: "Cats can work out mathematically the exact
place to sit that will cause most inconvenience."-
Gratuitous Kittiness: Meet the King of Floof.
Cat Mewvie: The Cat Bus, featuring
Feline Art: "Cosmic
by Aaron Internet.
30, 2019: "To err is human, to purr is feline. - Robert
Gratuitous Kittiness: "I just can't wait to be... put back down!"
Cat Mewvie: Chillin' at the bank.
Art: "I'm A Kitty-Cat" by C. Elkington.
31, 2019: "Since each of us is blessed with only one
life, why not live it with a cat?"
- Robert Stearns
Gratuitous Kittiness: The perfect place to nap.
Cat Mewvie: Never interrupt the
Feline Art: "Deer
1, 2019: "Every life should have nine cats." -
Gratuitous Kittiness: Ear to the wall.
Cat Mewvie: Bribery will get you
Feline Art: "The
Geographic's massive "missing cat" poster.
by Arvind Hickman
London's Paternoster Square is the latest location for a street poster
of a missing moggy, but this time it's to raise awareness of a dramatically
declining global lion population.
The feline in question, named Archie, is not your average neighbourhood
pussycat but a majestic lion. The poster is equally majestic, occupying
260 square feet of ground space.
The artwork was commissioned by National Geographic’s Big Cats
Initiative to highlight the worrying demise of these animals – a
campaign idea that was conceived and executed by PR agency Tin Man.
The idea builds on research that shows lions have disappeared from 90%
of their historic range and nearly half of the remaining range sits outside
protected areas, making it vulnerable to poachers.
"Lions play a central role in British culture – they are the UK’s
national animal and appear on everything from our national football team’s
shirts to the door knocker of 10 Downing Street. Yet, the reality is that lions
are dying out at an alarming rate," Dr Amy Dickman, a National Geographicexplorer
and senior research fellow in field conservation at the University of Oxford,
The missing cat poster will slowly and unwittingly rub away as pedestrians
walk across it, symbolising how lions are being wiped out and the need
to take action before it is too late.
It was created by street artist Dean Zeus Colman and required 100 pieces
of chalk, eight cans of spray chalk and more than two litres of paint.
It took Colman more than 12 hours to complete.
A nationwide poster campaign is being replicated in Bristol, Leeds, Manchester
" We wanted to create something emotive that would visually depict how big
cats are being literally rubbed from the face of the Earth," Tin Man founder
Mandy Sharp said.
"Using the familiar format of a 'missing cat' poster but giving it a little
twist and replacing a traditional moggy with Archie, our majestic lion, we knew
we would create impact. It was important this was more than just a stunt, so
we’ve taken it nationwide, with replica 'missing cat' posters highlighting
the plight of Africa’s big cat population hitting cities across the UK
The National Geographic Society founded the Big Cats Initiative in 2009
with film-makers, conservationists and National Geographic explorers-at-large
Dereck and Beverly Joubert. BCI is a long-term effort to halt the decline
of big cats in the wild. The BCI has funded more than 120 conservation
projects across 28 countries.”