This eclectic show features cats rockin’ out with guitars and other stringed instruments.
If the Internet is any proof, people can’t get enough of amusing cat pictures. But what about elevating those kitty pics to the level of art and adding … guitars? That’s exactly what 37 artists have done with the help of cat style guru Kate Benjamin, who is known for her website, hauspanther.com, and co-authoring two books with Jackson Galaxy. Benjamin is the producer of the Cats & Guitars art show, which opened on New Year’s Day at the Chartreuse Gallery in downtown Phoenix.
Cats & Guitars will be open on several dates this month, including an artist’s reception on Jan. 15 from 6 to 10 p.m., and if you’re going to be anywhere near Phoenix, you don’t want to miss it. Every piece in the show includes a reference to a cat and a guitar or other stringed instrument, but each artist has come up with a different, clever interpretation of the theme, from Barbara Lipp’s Day of the Dead-inspired piece to Baron Dixon’s “Light On The Anchovies,” which he’s done in the style of what he calls Neo-Catism—his hilarious, satirical form of modern art based on cats and their wacky behavior.
You might say Benjamin was inspired to create the show by her two loves: cats and her husband. Benjamin recently married Mark Allred, who runs a guitar repair and custom building shop in Phoenix and plays guitar in The Haymarket Squares, a local punkgrass band.
“We started to notice that a lot of the people (mostly men) who make and play guitars are cat guys, then I started to notice a lot of art and photography on Etsy and Instagram that included both cats and guitars,” Benjamin said. “So the seed was planted.”
The couple’s friend who owns the Chartreuse Gallery offered the space for the wedding reception. At the time, there wasn’t an exhibit planned for January, and suddenly it seemed to Benjamin that planning an art show would be a lot more fun than planning a wedding.
“There have been a handful of cat-only themed art shows across the country in the past couple of years, but never before a cats and guitars themed exhibit that I’m aware of,” Benjamin said.
Most of the artwork was created specifically for Cats & Guitars by artists from across the U.S. as well as from Canada, Norway, Japan and the U.K.
For more information and show dates, visit catsandguitars.com.
|Carrie Brenner is senior editor for Pet Product News International. She has spent several years researching new products with the help of her cat, Amelia.|