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I’m Throwing the First-Ever “Cats & Guitars” Art Show

In January I'll unveil the exhibit at the Chartreuse Gallery in Phoenix. Want to be in it?

Kate Benjamin  |  Oct 29th 2015


My world revolves around cats and guitars. I spend all day researching and writing about stylish finds for cats and cat lovers for the Cat Chic column at Catster and for my website, Hauspanther.com. When I’m not writing about cats and cat products, I’m spending time with my 11 cats at home or the other two who live at my design studio.

And while I’m over here being obsessed with all things feline, my fiancé is building, fixing, and playing guitars. He’s a certified luthier (and a cat guy!) and runs his guitar shop out of the same space where I have my studio.

The interesting thing? We’re not the only ones who bring these two things together. The more you look, the more you will see that somehow, cats and guitars seem to go hand in hand. Lots, if not most, of the people I’ve meet in the guitar world are cat people, and if you do a quick search for #catsandguitars, the results are voluminous. I even created a Cats & Guitars Facebook page to start documenting my finds.

As I came across image after image depicting cats sitting on guitars, cats in guitar cases, cats listening to people playing guitars, and cats playing guitars themselves, I hatched the idea for a fun art show. Several other shows have featured all cat art, but never before has an art show focused entirely on cats and guitars. And since I was also planning my wedding reception, I figured I’d multitask.

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HepCat Meowndolin by Brenda Salamone. (Photo by Adrian Delsi)

So, in January 2016, the first ever Cats & Guitars-themed art show will be held at Chartreuse Gallery in Phoenix. We actually broadened the definition a bit to include guitars, ukuleles, mandolins, banjos, lutes, and bass guitars, any of which would be perfectly suitable for cats, as you can see in the above piece HepCat Meowndolin by artist Brenda Salamone from Los Angeles.

This piece, along with the others shown here by Adrian Delsi and Jamie Shelman of The Dancing Cat, will be among the collection on display throughout the month of January. (Plus, they’ll make an appropriate backdrop for our wedding reception, which will signify a true marriage of cats and guitars!) Gallery hours for the January show will be available at catsandguitars.com soon, so start planning a trip to Phoenix!

And you can be part of the fun!

We are having an open call for submissions for the Cats & Guitars art show, so if you’re an artist who fancies felines and loves luthiery, then we want to see what you’ve got! The deadline to submit is Nov. 15, 2015, and artists will be notified if selected by Dec. 1. Get full details on how to submit your artwork at catsandguitars.com.

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Jamie Shelman, The Dancing Cat

Are you, or is someone you know, a guitar player who loves cats or a cat lover who plays guitar? Leave a comment below and tell us why you think there’s such a strong connection between the two!

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About the author: Kate Benjamin is the founder of the popular cat style blog Hauspanther.com. She specializes in helping people live stylishly with cats. You may have seen her on Jackson Galaxy’s show My Cat From Hell. Make sure to check out Kate and Jackson’s book, Catification: Designing a Happy and Stylish Home for Your Cat (and You!) and look for their new book, Catify to Satisfy: Simple Solutions for Creating a Cat-Friendly Home, coming soon!