The arrival of Feline Fine: Art of Cats has us excited here at the museum. Avid cat lovers have already shared almost 1,000 photos for our #NevilleCats Instagram contest! Next week the top 12 photos will be chosen for a special photography exhibit in our lobby. Other photos will be selected for digital display in Feline Fine!
Beyond looking at all those cute cat photos, I wanted to know more about what type of cat art we had stored away in our collection. I’m happy to share what I found!Defiance by Rosetta (2000.42.1)
This bronze tiger was a part of a previous exhibit, Art and the Animal in 2000. This piece has been exhibited across the country and has even been displayed in Italy. The piece was purchased in honor of Neville Public Museum board member, Fred Baer. Rosetta has four bronze sculptures on display in Feline Fine.
Cat Figurine (1990.61.17)
This house cat figurine came to the museum in 1990 from the Hazelwood Historic House Museum. It is a casting of a cat created in Boston in the first half
of the 20th century. Our card catalog states the piece was “used by the Hazelwood caretaker”.
Untitled by O. Dickenson, 1846 (1997.114.4)
This painting also came to the museum from Hazelwood Historic House Museum. Hazelwood (built in 1837) was home to Morgan L. Martin and his family. This painting comes from this home but it’s hard to say if it hung while the Martin’s lived there. Either way it lends to our cat art theme!
We have more cat themed fun coming up this spring, including two cat adoptions with the Bay Area Humane Society. We are also partnering with Cats Anonymous and Bay Area Humane Society for our Exhibits Exposed on March 16th. This event will feature the pieces mentioned here and our mummy cat!
Also during the run of Feline Fine visitors can help out the Bay Area Humane Society and get half-price admission to the museum by bringing in any item (not just cat-related!) from the BAHS wish list. Half-price admission with donation is available Tuesday-Friday from March 6th through April 17th!
Lisa Zimmerman, Curator