Covering the (Cat) Art Beat

When I received an email invitation out of the blue asking if I’d attend some sort of cat art party I was surprised and suspicious (what exactly was this and what did they want from me). But having just returned from at blogging convention, I’d  learned once-a-week postings weren’t going to propel me to stardom (or wealth), I decided it wouldn’t hurt to swing by since it could provide blog fodder.

Having zero clue what to expect I was pleasantly surprised when my cab pulled up to a sleek space on a hip street in Soho two nights ago with a sign reading “RePURRposed Gallery.”

RePURRposed Gallery

Hunky security guys in suits flanked the entrance where a cute clipboard-toting girl no more than 24 and dressed to the nines – how can she afford Tory Burch shoes? –  checked my name off the list and handed me a USB drive.  I must have look confused because she kindly explained to me that the press materials were on the drive. Oh riiiight press materials (what?!).

Purina Together We Can Recycle art exhibit in New York City

I entered the two-tiered minimalist space passing whimsical art pieces crafted from recycled cat food cans as I made a beeline to the bar.

The clipboard lady’s doppelgänger was at the bar and she explained that the art event was part of a larger effort by Purina called “Together We Can Recycle” to raise awareness of the recyclability of pet food cans. As incentive to do the right thing, Purina is donating $1 to “Keep America Beautiful” (up to $100k total) for each person who signs the electronic pledge to recycle cat food cans.

Fancy Feast and Friskies

While I know I should recycle, I can’t always bring myself to deal with washing those cat tins (the smell!) so they often end up in the trash (I relieve my guilt by telling myself we can’t possibly have the resources to recycle everything that’s collected right?).

Sipping cat themed drinks at cat grass decorated tables

Hip NYers sip cat-themed drinks at cat-grass decorated tables

Well, the various factoids littering (ha!) the walls got me thinking I needed to change my ways.

  • Recycling aluminum cans saves 95% of the energy used to make cans from virgin materials
  • Less than 20 percent of aluminum pet food cans are recycled each year, compared to 54 percent of aluminum beverage cans
  • Recycling one 3 oz Fancy Feast aluminum can saves enough energy to power a 60-watt light bulb for over 2 hours

A “White Cat Cocktail” in-hand I decided to take a closer work at the artwork created by cat owners from across the country – including a few celebrity cat owners like Jennie Garth and Roberta Flack – using recycled Friskie’s and Fancy Feast cans. The artwork will be auctioned off on eBay with proceeds going to “Keep America Beautiful.”

There were some pretty creative pieces and I wanted to share a few of them with you.

RePURRposed Gallery Friskie's and Fancy Feast recycled cans

The cat food cans on the middle painting have real tin lids!

Roberta Flack's piece (left) and modern cat jewelry

Never say never. I’ve already eaten my words in regards to displaying cat photos in my apartment and now the modern jewelry pictured above has me thinking I shouldn’t be so hasty in terms of my ban on cat-themed jewelry.

Overall it was a fun night and made me realize the importance of recycling my cat food cans regardless of the brand. Hey, it was something different to do on a Wednesday night (free drinks to boot!), I got to play reporter, and I even posed with a celebrity by the name of Skeezix, a cat who is the face of the popular blog called Catser.

I'm convinced the white cat cocktail was inspired by this white kitty

Coming soon — my experience at BlogPaws, the animal blogger convention I attended in Ohio (there’s an unexpected story line!) and a post from one of my advertising colleagues (a single guy living in the city – without cats).

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  • That looks like it was so much fun! (Not to mention the fact that it was in my favorite city – I’m a Cali girl by birth, but a New Yorker in my heart.) I’m the same way about the cat food cans – I cringe at the thought of having to wash them out. I wish Sparkle was able to do that herself! 🙂

    • Ihavecat

      Seriously Janiss, I know what you mean – these cats have to carry their on weight around here….well, on the other hand they aren’t that heavy are they..hmm…!

  • You met the food lady and flat Skeezix! Awesome!

    • Ihavecat

      I know right? Total celeb sighting!

  • How cool! LOVE it.

    xo C

    • Ihavecat

      It was pretty cool, and i felt like a reporter for the night!

  • You’re too lucky! What a great event! Wish I was there–maybe Skeezix will visit Pittsburgh…

    • Ihavecat

      It was pretty neat – I’m sure you would have loved it! You can check out more of the pieces here: http://togetherwecanrecycle.com/#panel-4

      Maybe if you ask really nicely Skeezix will visit you – did you meet him at Blogpaws?

  • kira

    Thanks so much for blogging about this event! My painting was the one in the middle with the “real tin lids” so happy to see that you liked it as this was my first show! It was such a great time and as artists we were thrilled to do something that we love, about subjects (our cats) that we love, and to bring awareness about recycling!! Please stay in touch! kiraalexis at gmail dot com! 🙂

    • Ihavecat

      How cool! Nice to “meet” one of the artists! Were you at the show? Do you live in NYC? Really liked your piece! When do they go on auction do you know? I’m sure i was told and forgot! : – o

      • kira

        Hi “I have cat!” My name is Kira, and yes I live in NYC!! I was at the show, but I regret that I didn’t get to meet you there! The auction will start on Monday as we were told… the link to the Ebay auction will be from the http://www.togetherwecanrecycle.com website! I am going to find you right now on FB so we can stay in contact!! Thank you so much for your compliments!! It really means so much to me!!! -kira

  • That is so awesome. I would have loved to have been there. Hugs to everyone. 🙂

    • Ihavecat

      Thanks for commenting Keisha, it was pretty cool. Oh! thanks for posting as it reminds me i need to check out your blog – haven’t done that in a while! shame on me! 🙂

  • Skeezix!! He’s famous in the Kitteh Blogosophere. Good to see him moving up in the world.

    • Ihavecat

      Well maybe he will rub off on me! 🙂

  • jmuhj

    Well, we’re not into “hip” or “cool” but we DO recycle cat food tins and all other tins; in our city, it’s mandatory. We like that.

    • Ihavecat

      It’s hip to recycle! 🙂

  • I would have loved to have attended this event. You New Yorkers have all the fun 🙂

    • Ihavecat

      Well now you can feel like you were there by reading my bloggie!

  • Hello Ihavecat,

    My art was in the show, the really bright colored ones that looked like dolls representing hear no, see no, speak no evil. The event was SO much fun! Like Kira, it was my first gallery show as well, and my first time in New York as an adult. I am totally in love with NYC now! My sister and I came up from Baltimore on the 13th and packed in as much as we could into two and a half days. It was a total blast for me and the excitement continues as I read all the articles and blogs about it, and of course the upcoming auction. I have a ton of photos on my facebook if ya’ll are interested in seeing more incredible cat food can art! :0)

    • Ihavecat

      yes! i saw your pieces! sorry I didn’t post it there were so many wonderful ones! do both you and your sis live in Baltimore? The exhibit was very well done i thought! So wonderful to meet you!

      • It’s all good :0) My sister lives on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, although she is from Baltimore. I agree, the FF and Friskies teams did an incredible job on the exhibit! Was great to meet you too!

        Have you been to Lord & YoungMiller’s website? (the Artists who made the jewelery) How they came to make their art is an amazing story and must read!

        :0)

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  • my mommeh says she recognizes you – she saw you walking around at the art show, but she didn’t know you were YOU, heehee.

    • Ihavecat

      Don’t you hate that? It was like that a BLOGPAWS too! I think we should all walk around with our Blog Names and pictures of our famous cats on our badges!

  • Thanks for writing on the event and posting photos! We created the jewelry, jar and Fancy Feast treasure tin shown in the gallery – and must say – your comment about cat-themed jewelry tickled us!

    • Ihavecat

      LOVED your work and I’m serious..i might just have to bid on it! Hope you guys get lots of press and lots of people bid! what a great cause! I will spread the word as much as I can! Thanks so much for visiting the blog and leaving a comment! Hope you poke around and check out some of the older posts and perhaps sign up to receive email updates? 🙂

      T

      • Thanks so much! – and YES! – please bid on it! LOL…

        No, there’s been no “press” for us with the art (many friends don’t even know!) – BUT it did get us to make our “official debut” as artists; started work on the web site as the art was being mailed to NY!

        We’re now telling the story of how we came to do cat food can art (we weren’t actually one of the chosen artists! LOL)… Would you mind if we put in a link to your page?…

    • Ihavecat

      sure! send it my way! people have to bid higher on your pieces, they are so great! i just placed some bids so hopefully we will get it moving! and i posted it to the I HAVE CAT facebook page!

      • Oh my! Looks like we’re going to get “some press” afterall! Just heard from Purina today that Good Morning America is going to do a segment (this weekend) about the Together We Can program – and our jewelry is to be featured!

        • Ihavecat

          That is Brilliant! I’m happy to hear it, i placed some bids but hopefully they will get BLOWN OUT OF THE WATER! The pieces posted are all going for FAR too little! Can’t wait to see the segment! Thanks for letting me know. T

  • Meowm so wishes she could have gone to either Blogpaws or this show….maybe another time.

    It is very cool that you got to meet flat Skeezix and the FL…we bet you met Jeter Harris’s Mom too.

    Our Meowm started recycling cans a couple of years ago. She doesn’t like washing the cans out either, but she does, and she tears the paper off the outside of them too. AND she won’t buy cans that aren’t aluminum. Now, if she could just get her apartment complex to put in recycling dumpsters for paper and plastic………

    • Ihavecat

      I didn’t meet Jeter’s Mom b/c I didn’t know what she looked like! they should make us were pictures of our blogs/cats so we can recognize eachother!

      She can come to BlogPaws next year!!

  • Thank you for sharing this with us. I will check out the Art on e-Bay

    • Ihavecat

      Cool! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂