The Cat's Meow

Last year's Cat Care Society fundraiser, Tails of the Painted Cats, was so popular, says society director Suellen Scott, that they're bringing it back. After all, it's hard to hate the cheerful fiberglass felines that are the focal point, especially after they've been decorated by an imaginative circle of cat-loving artists. Some of those artists are new, and others participated last year, too, but all sixteen of them can be proud of their finished works, which are now available for online bidding at the Cat Care Society website.

Each cat is a work of art, but if you're scratching your head, wondering what you'd do with a whimsical fiberglass cat by the name of Casino Cat, Sushi Chef or Meowscarade, Scott says they're lovely home decorations and, with a Clearcoat treatment, ideal for installing in the garden. But, she adds, "We were joking in the office that after you've acquired more than one, you'll have to start the attic rotation." All of the kitties but one will be auctioned off at a Painted Cats gala on July 28. (The last one, "Claudia Monette," by Jane McFadden Dorsey, will be the prize in a drawing; entry tickets are $10 each.)

The cats make their first live appearance tonight from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Lakewood Arts Council gallery, 85 South Union Boulevard in Lakewood, where they'll blend in with a Cats & Dogs exhibit through May. After that, they'll make stops in the Art District on Santa Fe on First Friday in June; at Aar River Gallery, 3707 West 73rd Avenue in Westminster, for a June 29 wine tasting; and in the Tennyson Street Cultural District on First Friday in June before reaching their final destination at Lakewood Country Club for the gala.

For information, visuals, bidding and event tickets, go to or call 303-239-9680.
Mondays-Saturdays. Starts: May 3. Continues through June 1, 2012

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Susan Froyd started writing for Westword as the "Thrills" editor in 1992 and never quite left the fold. These days she still freelances for the paper in addition to walking her dogs, enjoying cheap ethnic food and reading voraciously. Sometimes she writes poetry.
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