Cat and Guitars Art Show is a Media Darling

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We don’t own a guitar, but Mr TF has a violin, the playing of which scares the bejeebers out of the cats. Even more than the accordion or bagpipes ever did.

So it surprised me to learn that cats-and-guitars is “a thing.”

The discovery was made by renowned cat style maven Kate Benjamin and her now-hubby, Mark Allred, a musician and luthier:

“There is a mysterious and undeniable connection between cats and guitars. Many of the musicians who play these stringed instruments and the craftsmen who build them are feline fanatics. Just do a quick internet image search for ‘cats and guitars’ and you’ll see what we mean.” — CatsAndGuitars.com

Kate and Mark are the geniuses behind CatsAndGuitars.com and the Cats and Guitars art exhibit now running at Chartreuse in Phoenix. They describe this exhibit as a celebration of the cat-guitar connection, with every piece featuring some reference to both the feline form and the art of luthiery (the construction and repair of stringed instruments.)

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Of course, one of the most famous Cat/Guitar illustrations ever was created by B. Kliban — who can forget “Love dem little mousies. Mousies what I love to eat. Bite they little heads off. Nibble on they tiny feet.” It’s one of Tripper’s favorite works of art. In fact, I think he was singing that tune last night while he was knocking back a mousie slider.

But I digress.

Phoenix New Times, Pet Product News and the Downtown Phoenix Journal are just a few of the media outlets who have covered the buzz surrounding the exhibit.

Which has delighted me because one of my works–a mixed media work featuring Banzai–is in the exhibit.

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It was a somewhat complicated construction which involved fabricating a tiny guitar. The background includes pages from a vintage Monkey Wards catalog, a Finnish dictionary and other ephemera. Let me tell you, I nearly wet my pants when I found those guitar pages in that old catalog.

The name of this work is Cross-Eyed Tommy and the Asbury Dukes: Sing, Sing, Sing! because Banzai sings his heart out more than any Siamese I’ve ever known.

The exhibit includes more than 40 works by about 30 artists in a staggering variety of media, including my favorite, a very cool cold rolled steel sculpture by Aaron Thomason called Similarities Too:

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The show runs through the end of the month. There’s a pop-up shop there with lots of cat stuff for sale — and most of the art is available for purchase as well. More details at CatsAndGuitars.com.

Check out Cats and Guitars at Chartreuse

HOURS:

Friday, Jan 8 • 6-9pm
Third Friday, Jan 15 • 6-10 pm (Artist Reception)
Saturday, Jan 16 • noon to 4 pm
Friday, Jan 22 • 6-9pm
Friday, Jan 29 • 6-9 pm

Chartreuse is located in Bragg’s Pie Factory, 1301 NW Grand Ave, part of the Lower Grand Avenue Arts & Small Business district in downtown Phoenix.

 

 

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Mousebreath Magazine is an award-winning online magazine that celebrates cats and the cat-centric lifestyle. Editor Karen Nichols is a popular conference speaker and writer, whose current project is The Cat Scout Handbook. She is also the denmaster at CatScouts.com.

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  1. Summer says:

    I LOVE the Banzai art!

  2. What a hoot! Have shared on TW. Great idea, and of course, cats love luthiers AND music!!

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