Cat(s) of the Month ~ September 2012
The Society of Feline Artists, or S.O.F.A for short, was founded in September 1994. They have the aim of promoting the work of the best cat artists, whether established or unknown....and what an amazing collection of feline portraits they have in store on their website!
The society has had an annual exhibition of cat paintings at the Llewellyn Alexander Gallery in London for several years, featuring over 100 artists, some of whom exhibit internationally and showing more than 300 paintings in a range of media, making it the largest exhibition of cat art in the United Kingdom.
Subjects range from the humble moggy and the friendly domestic tabby to the more exotic breeds like Siamese, Burmese and Bengals and of course the Big cats. From the nobility and drama of the wild cat to the playful kitten - all are painted with the mastery of artists who know and understand their subject.
Norman and I have looked through the gallery on the S.O.F.A website and selected some of the pictures which have caught our eyes. We hope you like 'em too.
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We've found out recently of just how many cats around the world currently need loving homes. Here's one such cat 'Leo' we chose at random. We don't know Leo personally but just saw his cute face staring back at us from the Swansea Cat Protection website.
.. for cats like Leo, who sit around waiting for a Friend to come along, the motto of Cats Protection comes to mind
with kindness and an understanding of its needs'
Cats Protection is one of many different cat charities in the United Kingdom. It was founded in the in 1927 and today helps more than 230,000 cats and kittens every year through a network of over 250 volunteer-run branches. They also have 29 adoption centres and a homing centre. They certainly gave me shelter for months and helped me find a new home!
To think about all these English (and World) cats in need can be a bit disheartening, so it is better to think globally but act locally (this is indeed my motto when I go off and put my scent marks in other people's gardens).
If you can personally offer a home to a cat then there will be a cat rescue centre near you you can find online. Of course if you cant adopt then you could support the great work these Cat (and Dog) hostelries do with a one off inexpensive sponsorship or donation. You can get to visit all these lovely cats this way too. Just ask your local adoption centre for details.
As for me, well wouldn't you know its holiday time (for some) again, so I'm going to be temporarily joining the throng of disowned cats when I'm packed off to the local cattery.
So I'd best now wish all you cats out there a safe, healthy and happy summer 2012
All my love,