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Cat Care Society debuts the 2014 Tails of the Painted Cats

The Flat Cats paintings make their debut at the 2014 Tails of the Painted Cats viewing.
The Flat Cats paintings make their debut at the 2014 Tails of the Painted Cats viewing.
Carrie Dow

On Thursday, May 8, the Cat Care Society’s 2014 Tails of the Painted Cats made their art gallery debut at the Lakewood Arts Council. These 23 special cat sculptures made quite an impression.

Cleo-Catra is just one of 23 cats available for auction in the 2014 Tails of the Painted Cats
Carrie Dow

The Tails of the Painted Cats are fiberglass cat sculptures that specially selected artists use to create wonderful and whimsical works of art. The sculptures come from Cowpainters fiberglass animals of Illinois. The sculptures are then auctioned off at a gala dinner in July to raise money for this cats-only shelter. Until the big gala dinner, the cats will be shown at art galleries all around the metro area so the public can see these amazing creatures.

There are two sizes of cat sculptures. The large sculptures are sitting cats with their tail wrapped around them and are over three feet tall. The smaller sculptures are standing cats with their tails high in the air. The artists then painted, decoupage, tile, draw and even clothe the cats to create their artwork. A lot of thought, planning and time go into the making of these incredible cats.

Created by Betsy Keyser, Purrlock Holmes is both painted and has fabric. Keyser talked about how she painted Holmes’ coat on the body and then used fabric for the top coat. She said it was difficult to get the lines of the painted jacket to match the fabric. She also gave Holmes his trademark hat, pipe and monocle. The monocle she could only find online.

Red Hot Ruby cat is completely done in tiles and metallic and glass beads to painstaking create a bejeweled cat. Done by artist Ella Buchholz, after gluing the tiles and beads, she then applied grout and buffed Ruby to get her to shine.

Colorado Cat is by artist Jamie McWhirt and her cat has an all Colorado theme. With the State Flower the Columbine on his chest and Red Rocks inside his ears, this true blue kitty well represents the Centennial State. The Denver skyline and state flag are featured on his back.

New this year are the Flat Cats, sixteen 10x10 paintings of cats by different artists that will also be auctioned off. Flat Cats were created by auction founder and director as well as local artist Jane McFadden Dorsey. The idea of the Flat Cats was for people who may not be able to afford the larger cats or don’t have room in their homes for such large pieces of art. The Flat Cats fit nicely on any wall. Opening bids for the Flat Cats begin at $60

Each year the CCS holds a drawing for one cat sculpture and this year’s prize is Edwina Degas by Jane McFadden Dorsey. The public can purchase tickets for $10 each to have their name entered into the drawing and the winner will be chosen at the gala dinner in July. Bidding for the other cats, which starts between $300 and $500, is now open and can be done online at Follow the progress of the auction on Facebook.

The 2014 Tails of the Painted Cats gala dinner and auction will be held Saturday, July 26, starting at 5 PM at Pinehurst Country Club in Denver. Individual tickets are $85 or “Date Night” tickets for two are $170. Purchase a table of eight for $800. Tickets are available online. Follow the Lakewood Pet Examiner for more details about public viewings and the gala in July. The cats will be available for viewing at the Lakewood Arts Council at 85 S. Union Boulevard through May 29.

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