A brand new artwork exhibit on the Canvas + Clay Gallery in Eureka is showcasing the great world of cats.
“Meow” — on show beginning Saturday, June 4, and working by means of July 2 on the gallery at 233 F St., Eureka — options feline-themed artwork in numerous types. An Arts Alive! reception is about for Saturday, June 4, from 6 to 9 p.m.
“We had a dog-themed show three years ago and many artists had said, ‘Now, we must have a show about cats,’” stated Jen McLaurin, Canvas + Clay Gallery supervisor.
“Cats are amazing,” McLaurin stated, “because they can communicate with humans to get what they want (and) they have us trained to meet their needs. Also, no matter how they fall, they land on their feet.”
The Canvas + Clay program supplies “an inclusive studio environment and gallery for artists of varying abilities to foster an authentic art practice and professional growth,” based on a press launch for the cat-centric, large-group exhibition.
The gallery is open Monday by means of Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and in addition by appointment. Canvas + Clay additionally affords The Studio at 272 C St., which homes a ceramics studio, portray studio and a video and music studio.
“The artists have been hard at work creating cat art of all forms. Paintings, sculpture, fiber arts, hand painted tote bags and cat planters will all be on display and available for purchase,” stated McLaurin.
She added, “Whether you’re observing a big cat of the wild or the mid-sized domestic version, you can easily be mystified by the graceful and empowered movement of a feline. … Their large eyes, soft fur and calming purrs make them one of people’s favorite pets.”
They’ve additionally served as inventive inspiration over the ages.
“The feline has been an artist’s muse since ancient Egyptian cave paintings,” McLaurin stated. “And during the Sung Dynasty (960-1279), cats in China became a symbol of good luck so artists began to showcase them in paintings and sculptures.”
The ”Meow” exhibit on the Canvas + Clay Gallery showcases every kind of cats.
“There’s your domestic fur babies, wild cats and cartoon cats — (in) acrylic paintings, watercolors, drawings, ceramics and fiber arts,” McLaurin stated. “… A few painted from their imaginations, some from photographs of their cat, some from books about cats and some from photos found on the internet.”
A number of the artists featured within the “Meow” exhibit supplied their very own views 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 stated.
• Tawnya Costa says she adores kittens. She says “they’re snuggly” and “they can be very sweet.”
• Kat Olsen says a cat’s purring is stress-free. “When you pet them, you can feel it that they love you and you love them,” she stated.
For extra data, go to https://canvasandclaystudio.org.