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CCRI gallery presents cat-inspired artwork

April 5, 2012


Pictured is Carl Dimitri's painting "Radiant Crown of King I."The Community College of Rhode Island Knight Campus Art Gallery is presenting “Cat Show (Come to Mama!)” through April 24 with an opening reception from 4:30 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 12.

This group exhibition of 28 artists from Rhode Island and beyond is composed of work that reacts to the way we look at, care for, spoil, pamper and love cats. The cat-inspired works include paintings, drawings, photography, collage, prints, sculptures, as well as piece involving embroidered cat whiskers.

Exhibiting artists are Jennifer Amadeo-Holl, Daryl Ann, Wayne M. Bridge, Alice Costas, Joanna Read Cotter, Carl Dimitri, Vlado Elias, Samantha Fields, Lance Gershenoff, Tamara Krendel, Lisa Kretchman, Nermin Kura, Roya Lu, Joe Lytle, Darrell Matsumoto, Kim Murdock, Becky Peabody, M. A. Podolak, Mae Jane Poulin, Shey Rivera, Tess Spalty, Karl Stephen, Meredith Stern, Heather Meri Stewart, Zoey Stites, Wendy Wahl, Michele Wright and Nancy Wyllie.

Additionally, there is wall space available for community members and cat lovers to present images and short text about their cats. These short stories about Baxter, Pancake, Squeek, Woodrow, Miguel, Lily, Rondo, Tigger, Bootsie Couscous, Tasha, Zinga, Hobbes and many more are attractive addition to the exhibition and underline community character of the show.


Pictured is Lance Gershenoff's carved mahogany piece, " Hello Kitty."“There is certain innocence expressed though unpretentious description of the bond between humans and their animals,” said curator and gallery director Viera Levitt. “The show definitely proves that we do love to look at cats and, for some reason, their images make us happy.”

Levitt said the exhibition also answers more general questions linked to expectations of gallery visitors today and the somewhat threatening or intimidating qualities of contemporary art. Through more accessible theme, she said she hopes to encourage general public to come to the gallery and enjoy – for some, maybe for the first time – an exhibition of contemporary art.

The gallery is located in Room 3500, on the third floor of the round building at the Warwick campus, 400 East Ave. Gallery hours are from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday. For more information, e-mail Levitt or visit the gallery's website.


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