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.
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.