If you've not yet been to a cat cafe - meWOW! Andy and I got there early to set up and meWOW!
The volunteers from Abandoned Pet Rescue (APR) determined that three adult cats, two just out of kitten hood, and a whole little of kittens had the personality to enjoy humans wanting to give them attention. The volunteers came in with the carriers, and we heard the cats before we saw them. Yoga mats, toys, a cat condo, food and water dishes, a corral were all brought out. The carriers were set in the back and opened. Slowly, the cats sneaked out...and found all the places they wanted to visit.
At one point, there were at least 50 people in Blanco y Blanco, all holding purring cats or kittens, playing with them, walking and enjoying them play with each other. The space never felt crowded - unless you were someone waiting their turn for a cat, lol! Most of the people treats were enjoyed while waiting for a cat to be freed.
Andy & I truly enjoyed the Pop Up Cat Cafe by Abandoned Pet Rescue. It was an easy fun afternoon for almost everyone involved, including the cats! I don't know how many cats were actually adopted, but I certainly hope a few were. Non profit shelters take note: if you can find a lovely space for a Pop Up Cat Cafe closer to Homestead, Florida, yes, we'll take my Goofy Cat Paintings and help your event!
Without further ado...the photos, lol!!!!
Cat Cafes began in Taiwan in 1998.
It's a way to enjoy cats in a coffee shop atmosphere. The idea is for people to be able to be with the cats even if they could not take a cat home. The cats would be out of the shelters and where they could be with people. It's a winning situation for everyone involved.
The upcoming June 1st Pop Up Cat Cafe is a once event. Abandoned Pet Rescue brings their friendliest cats to an art gallery where you may enjoy their company and some fun baked goods and coffee and teas. This the only Cat Cafe in South Florida!
Come and see Pop Up Cat Cafe for Abandoned Pet Rescue Org, Adopt a Cat
Saturday, June 1st, 2019, noon to 3pm at Blanco y Blanco Arts located at 1147 NE 9th Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304 which can be found at https://goo.gl/maps/bpFVHRvafeshgcBj8 and more info at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pop-up-cat-cafe-tickets-55483208771?aff=ebdssbdestsearch
Can't make it there in person? Any Goofy Cat paintings sold online before June 1st, 2019, will still have funds donated to Abandoned Pet Rescue! See more here: https://www.angelinemarie.net/store/c8/Cats_Paintings_for_Adoption.html
Come on out and play with some cool kittens, cats, and see my Goofy Cat paintings, too, at this super fun event!
It happens on the first day of National Shelter Cat Month and Adopt a Cat Month!
Sat, June 1, 2019
12:00 PM – 3:00 PM EDT
Here's a few more details!
1147 NE 9th Ave.
Ft. Lauderdale, Fl
For information call 954-292-4148
Sat, June 1, 2019
12:00 PM – 3:00 PM EDT
Fort Lauderdale's newest animal rescue experience: Abandoned Pet Rescue's POP-UP CAT CAFE!!!!Come play with the kitties over coffee, tea, and pastries and meet your FUR-EVER friend at this beautiful venue. Enjoy cat themed crafting for kids, indulge in treats, and meet APR's adoptable pets. Shelter tours available next door at 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. This event is family and kid friendly!Donations and canned cat food are appreciated. Donations are tax deductible.
Video Highlights: https://vimeo.com/265775239
What are my parking options?
Free street parking is availabile along Flagler Drive. (Please do NOT park at Apartments or Storage business lot)
How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Email us at: APRCatCafe@gmail.com
May I volunteer for the event?
Yes! We welcome volunteers. Please email us at APRCatCafe@gmail.com
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
No need to print your ticket. Pre-registering on Eventbrite will show on our records.
Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?
Yes. It is okay if your ticket name does not match the person who attends.
Is this a free event?
Yes, the event is free! Suggested donations for cafe treats, coffee, tea, and lemonade; all proceeds will benefit Abandoned Pet Rescue (APR). Some local vendors may display cat/pet themed crafts and products for sale, and a percentage of their proceeds benefit APR. Donations at the door are welcomed in the form of credit card, check, or cash, and/or canned cat food.
Abyssinian Cat Stare, acrylics on wood panel, 6x6 inches, available for $100
March 28th is Respect Your Cat Day.
Because I respect our indoor cat Simon very much, I thought to remind you in time to respect your cat all day long.
The cat in this painting is based on Simon. He will stare at us like that when he wants something. Now he meows, too, a lot.
We do our best to keep Simon's food dish full, his water fresh, and his restroom clean. He knows how to let us know when he feels disrespected...and we don't like it! Hint: it's not his stare, lol!
Do you have a cat? Do you respect your cat? Will you, just for March 28th?
Smiles, with paint on my hands,
"His disappearance set all of Moscow in uproar," reported Moskva-24 local television.
"The most important member of staff at the Bulgakov museum has gone missing," reported another channel, TV Centre.
A cat, lives in a museum!
There are plenty of studio cats, but I never knew there were museum cats! Simon is my studio cat, as seen here. If you'd like to see more studio cats, go to Instagram and follow #studiocat
Click over to see the cat and read about losing and finding him, lol.
Smiles, with paint on my hands,
PS: Today is K-9 Veterans Day. Please honor those who served!
Simon, sitting on our back patio bar.
Photo: My studio cat, Simon, sitting on some of my cut out collage papers that I taped to a temporary clear plastic sheet. He can't harm these, rarer still that I placed anything on the floor, so it was a Kodak moment for us, lol.
I can't imagine how I'd feel if Simon were to rip through a painting, destroying it almost immediately, like Padme did. Padme destroyed a 17th century painting!
My first question would be "where was the painting that a cat could jump or claw it?"
Maybe it was unavoidable. Maybe the painting was leaning against the wall, which is a usual way of storing a painting. I feel for this man. Oh, I just "met" him recently, too, as I just discovered the BBC show "Fake or Fortune" in Netflix!
Cats are cats. I try to have spaces in my studio for Simon to be safe. He has his own water dish, a few cubby-like spaces where I don't mind him....I try to make sure there isn't much he can break, etc. that is easy for him to access. He has tried to drink my paint water...but he's yet to walk all over a painting because I don't leave them around for him.
As a painter, I've used paper, canvas, and wood for my designs. My favorite is wood, followed by paper, and distant last is canvas. If my cat, or yours, destroys a painting by me, maybe I can repair it...but it's probably best to simply replace it. Then again, my artwork isn't a few hundred years old, yet!
Oh, writing of wood surfaces, my pet paintings are all on wood. The worst your cat or dog can do to protest his painting is scratch it. Consider getting your cat (or dog's) portrait by getting my free book about how called "How to Hire a Pet Portrait Artist that Works for You" by clicking on this paragraph.
What would you do if your cat destroyed a piece of artwork you love?
The original article about Padme, his photo, and his painting adventure is below, with the link, too. It's totally worth a click!
Smiles, with paint on my hands,
BBC art expert reveals rare painting worth thousands of pounds was destroyed by his cat
5 JANUARY 2019 • 2:06PM
A BBC arts experts has revealed how his cat wrecked a rare masterpiece painted by one of his favourite artists.
Dr Bendor Grosvenor, who appeared in five seasons of Fake or Fortune, paid more than £5,000 for a painting by 17th century portrait artist John Michael Wright, which was clawed by his pet Padme.
He was busy restoring the artwork after two small tears had formed because a cold winter followed by a hot summer had caused a stretcher displaying the painting to move.
The 41-year-old covered the front of the painting with facing paper and brushed on a warm gelatin-and-water solution to preserve it before it could be sent to London to be relined.
However, Dr Grosvenor was left dismayed when his cat launched itself at the painting before raking its claws down the middle of the portrait to leave a large gaping hole.
Dr Bendor Grosvenor featured in five seasons of BBC's Fake or Fortune CREDIT: STUART NICOL PHOTOGRAPHY
While the painting was not completely destroyed, the repair costs are estimated to almost equal the entire purchase fee and Dr Grosvenor admitted the artwork will never return to its pristine condition.
He told The Sunday Telegraph: "I bought it in 2015 for £5,250. I probably spent the same again cleaning and reframing it.
"And as I stood back to admire my handiwork, up jumped our cat, landing forcefully in the centre of the painting with a crunch. Disaster.”
“Wright is one of my favourite artists, and I bought this example because it was in excellent condition, with all the original glazes and details wonderfully intact.
"Now, it's obviously in less good condition - but at least the cat landed on his clothing, and not his face.”
He added Padme is “not a fan of John Michael Wright, and regrets nothing.”
Dr Grosvenor has found many lost works of art in his career, including a 2017 discovery of the "lost portrait" of George Villiers, 1st Duke of Buckingham at Pollok House, Glasgow, Scotland.
It was thought to have been lost for more than 400 years.
In 2009, he bested the Scottish National Portrait Gallery's experts, finding their portrait of Charles Edward Stuart by Maurice Quentin de La Tour was in fact a portrait of Charles' brother, Henry Benedict Stuart, Cardinal York.
According to Tate, John Michael Wright was rated as "one of the leading indigenous British painters of his generation" for his Baroque style portraits.
Having trained as an artist in Scotland under the tutelage of George Jamesone, he moved to England permanently in 1656 where he painted Stuart kings Charles II and James II.
I am having so much fun sharing these little Luxurious Lucky Cats with my email friends.
We're celebrating New Years and Chinese New Year 2019 from January 1st through February 5th. Every day, I'm sending one of these little Luxurious Lucky Cats via email. Just the title and the image. It's the only way you'll see the entire collection until February 5th, 2019.
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