by Mardi Heaberlin
Used all the salt in the shaker
Nibbling on crabmeat
Wasting away on catnip
Where tequila is preferred
No feline is to blame
I am just taking it very easy
Mardi- "Jimmy received his laid-back look with a surgical procedure to the
original upright cat form. He is detailed with paper-mache, clay, acrylic
paint and various objects."
by Barbara Haynie
One too many Meowgaritas and Kitty gets grandiose notions!
This Queen Grand Cat is adorned in Egyptian iconic art and comes with
her own painted base.
Barbara Haynie has a degree in Fine Arts from CSU.
"Señior Juan More"
by Barb Lloyd
Quite simply, Juan wants one more margarita!
Barb has spent over 45 years exploring all aspects of art,
sewing, crafting and design. She holds degrees in both graphic
and interior design.
"Nocturnal Garden Kitty"
by Debbie Delong
This shy little feline comes out of her hiding place in the
flower garden at night to make her presence known. Shining
with her own inner light, this nocturnal creature will keep
you company on those special evenings by casting light about
your room with her colorful rays - just like a kitty cat purring.
[Note: A battery-powered LED light in the base is accessed from
the bottom of the Grand Cat and can be turned ON/OFF.]
Debbie DeLong is a frequent Grand Cat artist and FCCRSNC supporter
whose multimedia creations are as delightfully whimsical as they are
clever. She now resides in Virginia but keeps ties to Fort Collins, Colorado.
by Lili and Becci Gurski
Born in the Year of the Cat, Mei-Yaow brings good fortune
to all whose path she crosses. During the days of the
Forbidden Kitty, this purrrfect Siamese beauty was betrothed
to a handsome TerraCATa Warrior. Buried in his work, their
love suffered, but Mei-Yaow takes each life as it comes.
Today she is independent and feline happy. She is often seen
catching a bite of dinner at her favorite Chinese takeout joint,
Lili Gurski (7th grade Preston Middle School) loves her
rescued cat Marie! Adopted from China at 14 months old,
Lili selected the theme and assisted her mom with the artwork.
Becci Gurski holds a BA in Studio Arts from CSU. She has three
daughters and loved collaborating with Lilli on a project that
reflects Becci's passions for art, animals and kids.
by Carole Hossan
Carole says, Georgia O'Katte is my tribute to the iconic artist Georgia O'Keeffe.
Georgia is seated upon a repurposed water fountain evocative of the Southwestern
landscape. I came across photos of Ms. O'Keeffe wearing a large pin that featured
the initials of her last name: OK. I re-created the pin by carefully shaping and
gluing an elastic cord to form the letters OK. I attached it at her collar as it
was in my reference photos. I also included a clay Southwestern figure in a kiva
opening at the back of the circular platform supporting Georgia O'Katte.
'Eclectic' describes my art: Acrylic paintings, murals on electric transformer cabinets,
to calligraphy. I happily share my home with rescued cats: Binky, Bridgette, and
by Jane Sullivan
A black cat enjoying the good life - in a bowl full of margaritas!
[This colorful three-piece Grand Cat can be displayed in many different
Jane says, “I am a mosaic artist and work with my sister.
I love the detail and precision mosaic provides/requires.
It takes a patient person!”
"Cotton Candy Kitty"
by JoAnne Warner
Cotton Candy Kitty says, “I was planning to wear my most sophisticated
dress and diamonds for this special event, but my heart wasn't in it.
Of course, the answer was to go shopping! I think my new outfit really
shows off what a fun loving girl I am. Don't you?”
JoAnne says, “I work primarily in oils, but after seeing the Grand
Cats last year, I just had to create one for such a worthwhile group.“
by DeAnna Bertwell
DeAnna says, “Keeping with the theme … my cat is looking for
his shaker of salt. Can you help him find it?”
DeAnna is at the end of her first year of graphic design at Aims
Community College. She enjoys anything that lets her be creative
(drawing, painting, etc.).
by Susannah Franklin
A black cat with bright floral patterns, gold and green eyes.
Susannah: Enjoy this Kitty, she was fun to make. I was thinking about
margaritas and my vacations in Mexico.
by Ren Burke
Smiling serenely in gold leaf and purple robe, Zen Cat simply is.
Ren says, “Although I'm mainly a painter, I do have a background in
sculpting as well. Regardless of the medium, I approach my artwork
with a sense of fun and inspiration.”
"Catarina Feline Adventurer"
by Caroline Vance
Caroline says, “Catarina was created using cat stamps from my
childhood stamp collection. My interests in cats, knitting,
and crafting merge with enthusiasm for this worthy fundraising project.”
Caroline has a liberal arts degree from CSU, which includes a significant
number of fine arts classes.
by Alison Foshee
In the dusty chamber of a Mesoamerican pyramid, the archaeologist
stares in amazement at the golden Catzalcoatl, the feathered serpent,
feline deity and faithful companion to Quetzalcoatl. Catzacoatl
playfully reminds his caregiver that when the weight of embodying
the dawn, the arts and knowledge becomes too heavy, there is also love.
Alison Foshee (BA in fine art from Occidental College and MFA in
printmaking from San Fancisco Art Institute) has shown in Portland,
Los Angeles, San Francisco, Houston, New York and Tokyo.
In addition, her work has appeared in many publications including Art
in America, Sculpture Magazine, and Art Weekly.
by Judy Jackson
Judy: To create a Grand Cat this year was so much fun!
Who doesn't love margaritas, bright colors, palm trees,
the ocean, seashells and CATS! I love them "all" and
so "Rita" was born.
“Miss Lucy Skye Dressed Up for The Fiesta as Frieda Kahlo”
By Suzanne Frazier
Miss Lucy Skye (wearing her diamonds) is dressed for the
MeowGarittavVille Fiesta as Frieda Kahol. Of course, Miss
Lucy Skye is over dressed for the occasion in her ‘fiesta dress’,
diamond necklace, matching diamond toenails and flowers in her hair,
just like Frieda. She is ready to ‘dance the night away’ under the
stars in MeowGarittavVille!
Suzanne Frazier is a contemplative artist teaching art classes at her
studio in Longmont.
“Jimmy’s Parrot Shirt”
by Lorraine Dunn
Inspired by the sense of fiesta that surrounds a good margarita,
Jimmy is all about sunshine, ocean breezes, and sharing a drink with
Lorraine is a graphic artist and co-owner of A Different Card:
This project was fully supervised by her three rescue cats, dog,
& good friend.
by Len Mahoney
Snackers is a big hearted, loveable and ever sneaky yellow-tabby.
He's always sniffing about or begging for treats. Adorned in
Peanut M&M® wrappers, he stays close to his food bowl and stares
you down until you fill it. He's a bit of a sloppy eater.
Be cautious when attempting to share or sneak a treat,
especially if he growls at you …. he’s been known to bite.
[Snackers has real cat whiskers!]
Len is a research engineer, but really a secret artist and cat lover at heart.
by Dyana Wyeno
Margarit enjoys sunny warm days on her white sandy beach.
She is drawn to your laughter and will linger with large
groups at that party. Her chin and toes sparkle with lime
juice and sea salt.
Dyana works in mixed media and loves a challenge.
by Ann Martinez
Letter from Miss Purrrfect: "Oh, Dahlings, allow me to entertain you
with my splendid story of sojourn to MeowGaritaVille. T'was a sparkling
day with the ocean breeze caressing my luxurious fur and feathers.
The warm sand was most inviting. I could not resist the ebb and flow of
the azure waters with exotic fish dancing at my paws. I thought I had
died and gone to heaven when a handsome creature approached me with
limelicious ambrosia. His green eyes locked with mine and now our
hearts beat as one…whenever I am in MeoGaritaVille.
Ann holds a BA in Visual Arts from UNC and has been a freelance
graphic designer and marketing copy writer since 1992.
by Michael J. Ryan
Michael: "What cats look like in my fantasies. What if our
paintings could facilitate life. This kitten was born on an
absinth soaked evening, from the dreams of impressionists of
the past, present and future. Mr. Impressionista is cunning
and alert, yet relaxed and hazy. He is on the edge of reality
Michael is a local painter and printmaker focusing on the Colorado
"Ocelot de Oro"
by Suzanne Royer
Ocelots (Leopardus pardalis), sometimes called "dwarf leopards,"
are distributed widely over South America, Central America, and
Mexico as well as on the islands of Trinidad and Margarita.
They are occasionally seen in southern Texas and Arizona.
Although these wild cats are mostly nocturnal, I have imagined
this one as having emerged from the jungle to sun herself on a
tropical beach. "Ocelot de Oro" is a mixed media piece sculpted
using papier mache and polymer clay over the basic Grand Cat form
and colored with acrylic paints. The base is driftwood collected
from the Oregon coast.
Suzanne is part-time artist, full-time animal lover, and currently
servant to ten rescued felines.
by Rob Duffy
This Grand Cat, Señor Kattoo, symbolizes the inherent free-spirited
and independent nature of the feline. He also highlights the importance
of trap-neuter-release programs to prevent the needless euthanasia of
feral cats. Adult feral cats should be able to live full lives, express
their wild nature, and wear their freedom with pride.
Rob: "I've been a tattoo artist for over five years and specialize
in traditional Americana and Japanese styles. I currently work at
Blood & Iron Tattoo in Greeley, Colorado."
by Karen Cannon
Induna II is a Bengal cat, a hybrid of a cross between Asian Leopard
and a domestic cat. My Grand Cat form has be reshaped to show the
distinct facial features of a Bengal- small rounded ears, egg-shaped
head, and puffy whiskers pads. Induna means "chief", and this fellow
certainly looks the part.
Karen: "I've been a professional animal illustrator for over 30 years.
My work is collected nationwide, is featured on a line of Hallmark cards
and has been on the Oprah Show."
by Serene Calkins
When I imagine the feel and flavor of Margaritaville the first image
that comes to mind is Carmen Miranda, “The Brazilian Bombshell”. The
tropical accents of her costume perfectly match my inner feelings. Moreover,
it is her lively, playful spirit which epitomizes everything I want to evoke
with Carmen Meow-randa. I hope there is enough of her spirit within this little
cat to seep into your spirit – all throughout the year! Special thanks go to
Shelly Whipple (my partner) for her great ideas and her help with several
important features for Carmen.
Serene Calkins is a Physical Therapist and owner of Art and Science Physical
Therapy and Pilates. She is an accomplished photographer and a dabbler with all