Friday, July 6, 2012

Cat portraits on exhibit to benefit SPCA

Cat paintings by Sheila Bowen Soderlund at Art House Gallery in Clearlake
Cat paintings by Sheila Bowen Soderlund at Art House Gallery in Clearlake
Photo by Denise Rockenstein/Lake County Publishing
A story by Denise Rockenstein in today’s Lake County Record-Bee details an exhibit of cat paintings by Sheila Bowen Soderlund at the Art House Gallery in Clearlake.

The Art House Gallery is located at 15210 Lakeshore Drive and is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.The article states that Soderlund, who died in June, was an avid cat lover. The exhibit features 18 portraits of cats:

“‘Sheila and her husband never turned away a lost cat and always had six to eight living in their barn and around their home,’ Soderlund’s sister, Carolyn Hawley, said. ‘While running their antique and collectibles shop for 50 years, she found time to paint and the bulk of her paints were portraits of her beloved cats.’”
I can relate to this exhibit because of my own love for cats.

According to the article, a portion of sale proceeds will be directed toward the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in an effort to reduce the cat euthanasia rate in Lake County. For more information, call 707-994-1716.

Published July 10, 2012 in the Lake County Record-Bee

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