PAWcasso Artistes

Last Thursday the Fayetteville Downtown Square was a happening scene.  The once-a-month art fair was special for a couple of reasons.  First, it was, let us pray, the dog-end of this year’s great hot-summer nightmare, so let’s hear it for that blessing.  Second, the City put together a great performance line-up for a multi-cultural festival, so let’s hear it for that fine civic gesture too.  And the third reason is special for readers of this blog:  The opening of PAWcasso exhibit at Jammin’ Java.

Followers of Catsparella’s blog will know about this.  Thanks to the oddities of this virtual world we live in, that’s where I, a Fayetteville resident, first heard about this.  Not from here.  From Catsparella’s blog.  Out of Princeton, N.J.  No surprise, really – Catsparella has the cat world covered up.  And I do mean world.  One of her proudest moments was to be photographed with Hello Kitty.  In Tokyo.

But it was kind of funny, reading about this hometown event on her blog.  I kept double-taking.  Does she mean Fayetteville NC?  As in Fort Bragg?  No!  She means Fayetteville AR!  As in University of Arkansas.  As in – home.

The PAWcasso idea is a fund-raiser for the Fayetteville Animal Shelter.  The humans over there dipped shelter-cats’ paws in paint and then created art, the proceeds to benefit the shelter.  Read Catsparella’s post.  She’s better with details than I am, plus she provides links to more articles and sweet pics of the kitty-artistes in action.

http://www.catsparella.com/2011/08/little-pawcassos-prepare-for.html

Here some pics I took on the scene in Jammin’ Java.

The names really got me.  “Pawprints On Your Heart” (top).  “Today Love Smiled On Me” (pink one).

“Wish Upon A Star” (top).  “Fallen Beauty” (bottom).  And my personal favorite, the green one in the middle:  “The Waste Of Life Lies In The Love We Have Not Given”

Here’s a close-up:

“The Waste Of Life Lies In The Love We Have Not Given”

Look at that little guy!  Tito!  Makes me wanna holler!

I really wanted to shake that boy’s paint-stained paw.  But it was not possible.  No kitties at the reception.  Too hot.

As I stood by, a lady came up and bought a particularly lovely picture (didn’t catch the name; not shown here).  I cracked wise and told her she had to adopt the artist, too.  But she’d already got a house-full.  Instead, she paid for the picture plus a whole-month’s worth of adoption fees.

That kind of donation is especially important, the volunteer explained to me, because this is, alas, not a no-kill shelter, so . . . .

The pictures are $25.00.  The number to call:  479.444.3456.

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About nadbugs

Anita loves cats. This must be because she, too, has had nine lives. She’s been dancing since she could walk, she was a commercial artist and advertising producer, she earned a third-degree black belt in Aikido, she is a drummer with the Afrique Aya Dance Company, she is an attorney, and she’s a meditator and a devoted student of Nonviolent Communication. She also spent one lifetime sidelined with a devastating back injury in 1992. Since then – FELDENKRAIS METHOD® to the rescue. The FELDENKRAIS METHOD is all about dreaming concretely – thinking intelligently and independently by way of a gracious and kind physicality. The work affords all who study it a process by which to reach, with movement, into the mind and the heart, to make nine lives into one whole being.
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10 Responses to PAWcasso Artistes

  1. Melanie says:

    The creativity of those in animal rescue never ceases to amaze me. What a wonderful idea!

  2. Catsparella says:

    I am smiling so hard right now!! 🙂 🙂 🙂 I must admit when I was working on the post I did think of you because (I think) you’re the only person I know who lives in Arkansas (hmm), but even then I didn’t realize it was happening in your town!

    I’m glad I was able to be the bearer of good news, but maybe that means they need to work on their local PR a bit? I’m trying to remember where I originally found the story, and I’m pretty sure it was through a google alert of some sort.

    Anyway, I’m so thrilled that you were able to go! Sad to hear that none of the artists were in attendance, but I loved your pictures and reporting! Very cute how they named each painting, and I must say the pink one is my absolute favorite. I love the idea of doing this kind of art show so much, and am considering suggesting it to some local rescues. Thanks again for the wonderful update and mention! xo

    • nadbugs says:

      Well, Catsp, in fairness it must be acknowledged that I don’t get out much. Right back atcha with the thanks. It’s our shared love that worked here! And I do hope you mention this idea to other rescues. WhatEVER works — and this idea really seems to bring joy. And $$ and adoptions, it’s to be hoped!

  3. Fabulous idea! I agree, they need to advertise this a little more.

    Have you seen the book “Why Cats Paint”? It is great–maybe Bugs would like to try it, ha ha.

  4. Christine Haller says:

    Anita, the green one is my favorite too (even before reading the name), because the artist looks so much like my sweet Sasha. I like the pink one too. I’m filled with appreciation for those creative folks at the shelter. Thank you for sharing this in a way that made this event so real for me. OX, Christine

  5. nadbugs says:

    Aw. A tabby. I LOVE tabbies. I love hearing about your sweetie. Sweeties. You cat gal.

  6. lifewith4cats says:

    this is just the cutest idea!! I do hope all the artist kitties got adopted! I remember you were thinking for a while about getting a new addition. It must have been hard to resist actualy going there, huh? Too bad the kitties couldnt be there too.

  7. nadbugs says:

    Dear 4Cats — I agree, the emotional punch that the kitties’ presence would have packed, if they’d been there, would have been a powerful thing. Still — I’m not sure how I feel about emotional punch. Cesar Millan talks about KNOWLEDGEABLE dog-lovers, and you see so much misery when lovers are not knowledgeable. He was so funny in the last episode I watched, with a woman who ended up with an animal she couldn’t connect with at all — Cesar was all about the woman having gone “oh wow, he’s so cute, I think I’ll fall in love with him,” and her putting in no assessment whatsoever of her own and the animal’s energy, and whether there’s a match there — then just see how THAT kind of criterion works out — like, NOT — so I’m thinking less emotion, and more pre-adoption research, might serve everybody more to my liking at least. And as for going to the shelter? I find this totally resistible. Not hard at all. When I went to pick up an application to have Bugs fixed there (I ended up going to the vet after all) I steeled myself to walk in the door, grab the app, turn around, and WALK OUT. I can’t bear even just the thought of what happens if they’re not adopted, let alone looking into their eyes. And you’re right, I was flirting with the idea of another kitty — but I decided I wanted to solidify my relationship with Bugs more before I tried that. And I’m so glad I decided that way. He I are growing together more and more as each day passes.

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