The “meow” of the cat – Times-Standard
A new art exhibit at the Canvas + Clay Gallery in Eureka showcases the wonderful world of cats.
“Meow” — on display from Saturday, June 4 through July 2 at the gallery at 233 F St., Eureka — features feline-themed artwork in a variety of styles. A Living Arts! the reception is fixed for Saturday June 4, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
“We had a dog-themed exhibit three years ago and a lot of artists said, ‘Now we have to have a cat exhibit,'” said Jen McLaurin, director of Canvas + Clay Gallery.
“Cats are amazing,” McLaurin said, “because they can communicate with humans to get what they want (and) they’ve trained us to meet their needs. Plus, no matter how they fall, they land on their feet.
The Canvas + Clay program provides “an inclusive studio environment and gallery for artists of diverse abilities to foster authentic artistic practice and professional growth,” according to a press release for the cat-centric exhibit.
The gallery is open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and also by appointment. Canvas + Clay also offers The Studio at 272 C St., which houses a ceramics studio, a painting studio, and a video and music studio.
“Artists have worked hard to create feline art in all its forms. Paintings, sculptures, fiber arts, hand-painted tote bags and cat planters will all be on display and available at the purchase,” McLaurin said.
She added: “Whether you are observing a large wild cat or the medium-sized domestic version, you can easily be mystified by the graceful and powerful movement of a feline. … Their big eyes, soft fur, and soothing purrs make them one of people’s favorite pets.
They have also served as artistic inspiration throughout the ages.
“The feline has been an artist’s muse since ancient Egyptian cave paintings,” McLaurin said. “And during the Sung Dynasty (960-1279), cats in China became a symbol of good luck, so artists began to feature them in paintings and sculptures.”
The “Meow” exhibit at the Canvas + Clay Gallery features all kinds of cats.
“There are your domestic fur babies, your feral cats and your cartoon cats – (in) acrylic paintings, watercolors, drawings, ceramics and textile arts,” McLaurin said. “…Some painted from their imagination, some from photographs of their cat, some from cat books and some from photos found on the internet.”
Some of the artists featured in the “Meow” exhibition offered their own take on these fabulous felines:
• Deanna Huse has a cat named Chloe. “Sometimes if I don’t give her enough attention, she yells at me,” Huse said.
• Tawnya Costa says she loves kittens. She says “they’re cozy” and “they can be very soft”.
• Kat Olsen says a cat’s purr is relaxing. “When you pet them, you can feel that they love you and you love them,” she said.
For more information, visit https://canvasandclaystudio.org.