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THE GRUMPY CAT ART PROJECT AT LOWE MILL ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT!

Dustin Timbrook Grumpy Cat PaintingHow do you show to the world the incredible diversity of talent that inhabits Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment? We asked ourselves that question two months ago and realized that the best ┬ásolution was to challenge our artists to take on one specific subject using their own unique mediums and distinct styles. And what better subject could there be than the Internet’s most famous feline?

GRUMPY CAT!!!!!

Over thirty of Lowe Mill’s 100+ studios contributed to the project, with works ranging from painting to sculpture, to rug-hooking, to stained glass and chainmail.

The works will be on display here on LoweMill.net for you to enjoy anytime, but you will also have the chance to BID on your favorite works in our ONLINE AUCTION.

The online auction at LoweMill.net will begin May 27th and end at 11pm on May 31st. All proceeds will go to our participating artists and towards building a children’s playground right here at Lowe Mill! The auction happens exclusively on eBay, so if you don’t have an account please ask a friend to bid on your behalf.

We celebrate the auction with a public art reception at our facility on May 31st from 6-9pm. We also have a free outdoor concert and 7 other art reception happening the same night so it will be a crazy fun time you can’t miss!

If you didn’t already know, Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment (located in Huntsville, Alabama) is the Southeast’s largest arts center. Housed in a huge historic textile mill, our building is home to over 100 studios for artists and small independent businesses, entertainment, and classes. Please visit us often, and connect with us online to see all the awesome creations our artists are making every day!

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Judson Portzer, Studio #108

Judson Portzer Grumpy Cat

Judson Portzer is an artist who not only is brilliant at his craft – his craft is incredibly rare and unique. There are very few artisans who work within the revered art form of painted glass windows, and Judson’s work is some of the best being made today. Who would have thought the same guy who creates ornate installations for churches and cathedrals would also give Grumpy Cat the same epic treatment?

Judson Portzer Grumpy Cat

If you enjoyed seeing Sir Grumpsalot you can’t miss seeing Judson’s other work. Visit his artist page HERE to see more photos and be sure to check out his profile video!

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Terri Shows, Studio #312

Terri Shows Grumpy Cat
Observing Terri Shows delicate watercolors is like staring into a dream. Her painting style is so soft and inviting that it even makes Grumpy Cat look like he could just maybe say “Yes” for once. We did say MAYBE.
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Gina Percifull, Studio #260

Gina Percifull

Gina Percifull makes colorful and rustic creations that mix paint, wood, and whatever odd scraps she can salvage. Her Grumpy Cat has no excuse to frown with such bright colors and happy jewelry. You can find Gina selling her vibrant paintings in her studio, Red Goat Gallery, where she also regularly hosts Saturday dance parties just for the fun of it.

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Tracey Allyn Greene, Studio #125

Tracey Greene Grumpy Cat

Tracey Allyn Greene LOVES pets! In fact she regularly takes care of stray cats who live near Lowe Mill and constantly gives gifts to the dozen plus dogs that come to work with their artist owners here. That said, it was a no-brainer that she would participate in this project and do a great job. Check out the details on the stone-cold Grumpy Cat painted rock she created!

Tracey Greene Grumpy Cat

Be sure to check out more of Tracey’s pet portraits and colorful works at her artist page HERE.

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Calvin Hubbard, Studio #113

Calvin Hubbard Grumpy Cat

Ceramic potter and sculptor Calvin Hubbard’s Grumpy Cat is incredibly expressive and lovable. Don’t you just want to hug him?

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Katherine Purves, Studio #128

Katherine Purves Grumpy Cat

Katherine Purves is an artist who works in whatever medium her imagination guides her to try. Lately she has been creating incredible relief castings using paper pulp, and she used this very technique for her unique Grumpy Cat.

Katherine Purves Grumpy Cat

Just look at that warm paper surface and the wonderfully clever hand-sewn whiskers! You can see more of Katherine’s highly unusual body of work at her artist page HERE.

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Jennifer Stottle Taylor, Studio #307

Jennifer Stottle Taylor Grumpy Cat

Jennifer Stottle Taylor is also a resident pet lover and animal artist, and there is no doubt about that fact when you see the HUGE homage she painted in honor of a Grumpy Cat forced to model with a bunch of happy dogs. Jennifer has overjoyed countless pet owners with her vivid commissioned pet portraits, and she can often be found in her third floor studio teaching aspiring artists to paint their own pets. See what else she is up to by visiting Jennifer Taylor’s artist page HERE!

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Denise Williams, Studio #124

Denise Williams Grumpy Cat
Wow! Denise Williams has a long history of painting some pretty fierce felines, but this might be the first time she has brought one into the 3-D realm. Her huge relief sculpture of Grumpy Cat has to be seen to be believed. In fact, if you don’t see the real thing in person at our art reception on May 31st you are really going to miss out!

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Erin Michael, Studio #131

Erin Michael Chainmail Grumpy Cat

A Grumpy Cat portrait in CHAINMAIL??? You read it right. Lowe Mill Jewelry artist Erin Michael painstakingly hand-ringed this intricate colored chainmail section. Surely this is a first for Tardar Sauce.

Erin Michael Chainmail Grumpy Cat

 

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Dustin Timbrook, Studio RR #3

Dustin Timbrook Grumpy Cat

Who is this strange man and how did he get on our website?

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Julie Gill, Studio RR #4

Julie Gill Grumpy Cat Stained Glass

Stained glass artist Julie Gill created this awesome panel using pieces of mirror, colored glass and grout. Check out Julie’s incredible window installations in THIS SHORT VIDEO!

Julie Gill Grumpy Cat Stained Glass

 

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Jeannie Vereen, Studio #322

Jeannie Vereen Grumpy Cat Rug

Jeannie Vereen had no clue who Grumpy Cat was before creating her artwork, but as she entered the long process of patiently hand-hooking a small rug in honor of the cat she naturally became curious. The labor of love made her fall for the animal and before long she knew everything about Tardar Sauce, looking far deeper than the critter’s superficial status as an online meme. That level of care shows in every stich of Jeannie’s work!

Jeannie Vereen Grumpy Cat Rug

See more photos and video of Jeannie’s beautiful wool-filled studio at her artist page HERE.

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Nolan Cash, Studio #264

Nolan Cash Graffiti Grumpy Cat

What else can we possibly say about Nolan Cash’s tough-as-nails graffiti stenciled Grumpy Cat? It’s just super cool. Plain and simple.

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Connie Ulrich, Studio #121

Connie Ulrich Grumpy Cat Jewelry
Connie Ulrich is a a Tennessee Valley jeweler with a penchant for natural materials and man-made objects that have been weathered by the elements. For this one-of-a-kind necklace Connie created a pendant that mixes fine metalwork with discarded treasures. Grumpy cat sits frozen forever in a pool of resin, glaring out from the neck of the wearer and defying anyone to admire her hateful stare.

Connie creates fine jewelry in her Lowe Mill studio and often teaches classes on jewelry making and metalwork. Find out more at her artist page HERE.

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Ruth Ann Stephens, Studio #127

Ruth Ann Stephens Wax Encaustic Grumpy Cat

Ruth Ann Stephens created her Egyptian-themed work using an encaustic wax technique. Could Tardar Sauce hold the secrets of the ancients???

Ruth Ann Stephens Wax Encaustic Grumpy Cat
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Holly Morningstar, Studio #112

Holly Morningstar Game of Thrones Grumpy Cat
Holly Morningstar combined her love of Grumpy Cat with her love of Game of Thrones to create a much grumpier, much furrier Daenerys.

Holly Morningstar Game of Thrones Grumpy Cat

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Jim Seaquist, Studio #109

Jim Seaquist Grumpy Cat Painting

Painter Jim Seaquist’s giant blue Grumpy is a welcome addition to his vibrant and graphic body of work. There is no mistaking this artist’s style!

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Emily Bodnar, Studio #254

Emily Bodnar Grumpy Cat Snowflake

It doesn’t get much awesomer than this, you guys. Emily Bodnar carefully and painstakingly cut these Grumpy Cat snowflakes from delicate sheets of tissue paper. It makes us nervous just to breathe on them!

Emily Bodnar Grumpy Cat Snowflake

 

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Emily Bodnar Grumpy Cat Snowflake

 

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Want to try your hand at cutting out one yourself? Emily has graciously shared the template she created for you to download and use! Just click HERE to download a pdf of the mushroom cloud design you see below.

Emily Bodnar Grumpy Cat Snowflake

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Tracy Singleton, Studio #267

Tracy Singleton Carved Soap Grumpy Cat
You guessed it; Tracy Singleton’s kitty is made entirely out of soap! How does she do it???

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Barbara Lawrence, Studio #117

Barbara Lawrence Grumpy Cat Painting Copper
Barbara Lawrence spends most of her creative time these days working exclusively with copper. This painting is only a slight departure from her usual work because she was stil able to sneak her favorite metal into the piece. Do you see it?

See what copper sculpture is all about by visiting Barbara’s artist page HERE!

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UPDATE!

Barb really got in the spirit and decided to create another piece made completely out of copper. Isn’t it great!?

Barbara Lawrence Grumpy Cat Copper

 

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Nathan Childers, Studio #204

Nathan Childers Grumpy Cat Painting
Who said these works needed to be litteral recreations of Grumpy Cat? Nobody is who! Painter Nathan Childers‘ work captures the moody essence of the popular meme without actually having a cat as the subject. Although… if you look close enough you might notice a subtle hint that Nathan’s subject does have certain feline features.

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Jana Ross, Studio #262

Jana Ross Grumpy Cat Art
Jana Ross and her sisters at ‘Cre8tive Sistas’ are just what the studio name suggests. These three ladies love nothing more than to craft and mix together funky and colorful concoctions of anything that sparkles, glimmers, or has a shock of blinding color. Clearly that is not Grumpy Cat’s scene, as the cat seems majorly annoyed with Jana for being forced to pose in a powder-blue bedazzled celebration of girly fun. ^____^
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Robert Bean, Studio #315

Robert Bean Grumpy Cat Painting
The fact that Robert Bean is a skilled painter and art teacher has never stopped him from being a constant art student. In his third floor studio at Lowe Mill the artist can usually be found painting from still life and taking in the endless lessons that observational rendering provides. When Robert decided to create a work for the Grumpy Cat project he took inspiration from an old still-life standby – his classic cat wallclock. There’s just one major difference: The real clock has a smile on its face!

Don’t miss the rest of Robert Bean’s artwork on his artist page HERE.
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Kristy Jane From-Brown, Studio #321

Krsity Brown Grumpy Cat Drawing

Kristy Jane From-Brown gave her charcoal rendering of Grumpy Cat the prestigious air of one of Leonardo da Vinci’s brainy sketchbook drawings. What undiscovered laws of the universe are being solved in that cat’s beautiful mind?

Kristy Brown Grumpy Cat Drawing

 

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Ann Moeller Steverson, Studio #103

Ann Moeller Steverson Grumpy Cat
Isn’t it about time Grumpy Cat was portrayed with the lush, warm brush strokes of the Dutch Golden Age? Thanks to Ann Moeller Steverson‘s beautiful oil work the wait it now over.

Ann Moeller Steverson Grumpy Cat

 

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Beth Norwood, Studio #270

Elizabeth Norwood Grumpy Cat Collage

Crazy collage artist and performer Elizabeth Norwood created a trio of modified record covers for her contribution to the project. They go so well with her outfit!

Elizabeth Norwood Grumpy Cat Collage

See more of Beth and husband Joey’s wild works at their artist page HERE!
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Lenore Corey, Studio #326

Lenore Corey Grumpy Cat Painting
Painter Lenore Corey makes deeply personal works that evoke personal diary entries and private thoughts. How fitting that she is the one artist of our group to imagine the emotional inner monologue of Tardar Sauce.
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L Blakesley, Lowe Mill Staff!

L Blakesley Grumpy Cat Printmaking

Several of our staff at Lowe Mill are artists themselves, including our elevator operator L Blakesley. An avid printmaker, L created this two plate etching print at Green Pea Press.

L Blakesley Grumpy Cat Printmaking

The edition of 10 prints will be available for sale during our online auction from May 27th – May 31st.

Want to purchase one of 12 limited edition prints of this artwork? Email dustintimbrook@lowemill.net to arrange payment of $40 per print.


 

Johanna Littleton, Studio #312

Johanna Littleton Grumpy Cat Painting
Johanna Littleton’s Grumpy Cat is hidden in a veil of explosive swirling colors. If only we could also get lost in that colorful world from time to time.
Johanna Littleton Grumpy Cat Painting
You can see much more of Johanna’s gleefully colored works at her artist page HERE.
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Joe Williams, Studio #124

Joe Williams Grumpy Cat Sculpture
Joe Williams already had the perfect wax sculpture on hand when asked for his version of a grumpy cat. Is it more feline or more devil? There is no way to be sure, but anyone in their right mind would not cross paths with this menacing character.
Joe Williams Grumpy Cat Wax Sculpture

 

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No’Ala Magazine

No'Ala Magazine Grumpy Cat Cover How does a regional culture magazine contribute to the Grumpy Cat Art Project? By featuring Grumpy IN the magazine of course!

Okay… so it’s just a joke cover. But you’ve got to admit it’s a pretty brilliant one. We would pick up a copy of this issue if it were real. Wouldn’t you?
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Monica Yother, Studio #114

Monica Yother Grumpy Cat Drawing

Monica Yother’s delicate colored pencil rendering reminds us of a very important reality: Despite all the imagined personality we have created for Tardar Sauce in our collective imagination, she is really just a soft, tiny, sensitive animal who would never wish harm on anyone. Them feels… :(

Monica Yother Grumpy Cat Drawing
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Ian McCalister, Studio #310

Ian McCalister Grumpy Cow

Finally, photographer Ian McCalister seems to suggest with his work that it is time for the web to move on to a different anger-consumed mammal. Nice try, cow.

You can see Ian’s incredible photography on his artist page HERE!

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That’s it! We hope you enjoyed all of the awesome creations our wonderfully inventive artists have shared with you. Now please share our work with your friends on Facebook, Twitter, and Reddit! And don’t forget to check back here on May 27th for the beginning of our online auction to raise money for a children’s playground!

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