Operation PAW to Sell Paintings by Cats at Wynwood Art Walk

Categories: Animals, Art

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Courtesy of Operation PAW.
Thanks to LOLcats, Grumpy Cat, and their revered Egyptian ancestors, feline dominance over subservient humans has long been established. Cats rule our households, our interwebs -- why shouldn't they take control of the art world, too?

At next week's Wynwood Art Walk, non-profit, no-kill Operation PAW will be offering up works of art created by uber-talented rescue kitties.

You should jump at the chance to pick up a piece, because a tabby might be the next Banksy.

See also: North Miami Beach Votes to Ban Sale of Commercially Bred Pets in Stores

So how, exactly, do cats paint? Simple.

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Courtesy of Operation PAW.
"We use non-toxic, water based finger paint and let the cats walk on donated posterboard, which we then cut down and frame," says Tia Williams, one of the directors of Operation PAW. "We have also started using real paw prints on the small canvases - a volunteer dabs paint on a kitten's paw and presses it onto the canvas."

Those tend to have a more abstract effect, Williams adds. Some of their paintings are done via stamp or human assistance, however.

"Some of the more playful cats will run around on the posterboard, creating a more 'smeared' effect than the calmer kitties who walk around slowly and leave a more defined pawprint," she says. "We'd be interested in having some human artists 'collaborate' with our kitties and perhaps create some artwork together."

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Courtesy of Operation PAW.
Adorable Emma, adoption pending.
In addition to having art work and photos on display, the Operation PAW C.A.T.Mobile (a 30-foot RV covered with cat paintings) will have leash-trained rescue kitties on hand for meet and greets. You read that right -- LEASH-TRAINED CATS.

"We put each cat on a leash/harness and take them into the PetSmart dog training center to see how they do. If they are confident and comfortable, we then take them out into the store around people and dogs," explains Williams. "Those cats that do well and seem to enjoy it may get further training as therapy cats to go into schools or hospitals. The biggest obstacle so far to any of our cats completing certification is that they get adopted before they finish the training!"

So drop by and show some support for this non-profit, no-kill, all-volunteer org. They're spreading the kitty love, y'all. The C.A.T. Mobile will be at Wynwood Art Walk on August 9th from 7 to 11 p.m.

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