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The Grumpy Cat Art Project: Dozens of Alabama Artists Create Works Inspired by Famous Internet Meme

HUNTSVILLE, Ala., May 6, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- One famously grumpy cat with millions of worldwide fans, a big idea by an Alabama artist, countless hours of creativity, and the unique talents of dozens of artists at Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment in Huntsville, Alabama have come together in "The Grumpy Cat Art Project" - a special project for the arts facility inspired by the Grumpy Cat internet meme.

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Thirty-two of Lowe Mill's artists volunteered their time and talents to the project with each providing an original interpretation of Grumpy Cat.  The original Grumpy Cat (whose real name is Tardar Sauce) rose to Internet fame after his photo was uploaded to social networking sites Facebook and Reddit.  The interpretations created by the artists at Lowe Mill range in media from paintings and jewelry to stained glass and ceramic sculpture.

Dustin Timbrook, one of Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment's working artists, came up with the idea for "The Grumpy Cat Art Project" after seeing the mass appeal of the original Grumpy Cat meme.

"We really wanted to use this project to show how art can elevate even the silliest subject," said Timbrook.  "The Grumpy Cat meme has incredible appeal to a huge audience - and now that audience can see how the talents at Lowe Mill were inspired by it."

The entire "Grumpy Cat Art Project" is now available for viewing on LoweMill.net, the arts center's website.  Many of the thirty-two original works will be available in an online auction starting on Monday, May 27, 2013 and ending with a public showing on Friday, May 31, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. at the facility.

Timbrook said he believes the project highlights the diversity of talents at Lowe Mill ARTS and Entertainment in both a unique and easy-to-understand way.

"Lowe Mill is not only the Southeast's largest arts center, but also home to one of the most diverse collections of talents in the nation," added Timbrook.  "How do you show that talent to the world?"

The question was answered when more than thirty of Lowe Mill's artists responded to participate in the project.

Timbrook noted the project includes art media from paintings, to sculpture, to stained glass, to chainmail and almost any medium in between.

"The artists at Lowe Mill are amazing.  They volunteered their time and energy to show how much talent we have here.  Artists that are making elaborate painted glass windows for cathedrals or commissioned portraits one day were working on 'The Grumpy Cat Art Project' the next," added Timbrook.

Proceeds from the online auction and art show will benefit various projects at the center, including the facility's plans for a children's playground.

While using a frowning feline may seem like an odd choice for inspiration for a project celebrating the diverse talents of the region's largest arts center, Timbrook believes the appeal of the original meme provides a large stage to highlight the talent at Lowe Mill.

"Inspiration can come from anywhere; what you do and where you go with that inspiration is what matters."

ABOUT THE GRUMPY CAT ART PROJECT

The Grumpy Cat Art Project at Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment is viewable online in its entirety at LoweMill.net.

The online auction, with proceeds benefiting Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment, begins on Monday, May 27, 2013 and runs until 9 p.m. on Friday, May 31, 2013.

The Grumpy Cat Art Show will be held on Friday, May 31, 2013 at Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment, located at 2211 Seminole Drive, Huntsville, Alabama 35805 from 6 - 9 p.m.

The Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment artists that participated in the project are listed below:

Barbara Lawrence, Painting and Copper

Calvin Hubbart, Ceramic Sculpture

Connie Ulrich, Jewelry

Denise Williams, Painting & Sculpture

Dustin Timbrook, Painting

Elizabeth Norwood, Collage

Emily Bodnar, Papercasting

Erin Michael, Chainmail

Gina Percifull, Painting

Holly Morningstar, Drawing

Ian McCalister, Photography

Jana Ross, Mixed Media

Jeanie Vereen, Rug Hooking

Jennifer Stottle Taylor, Painting

Jim Seaquist, Painting

Joe Williams, Wax Sculpture

Johanna Littleton, Painting

Judson Portzer, Painted Glass

Julie Gill, Stained Glass

Katherine Purves, Paper Arts

Kristy Brown, Charcoal Drawing

Lenore Corey, Painting

L Blakesley, Printmaking

Monica Yother, Colored Pencil

NO'ALA, Local Magazine

Nathan Childers, Painting

Nolan Cash, Graffiti Painting

Robert Bean, Painting

Ruth Anne Stephens, Encaustic Wax

Terri Shows, Painting

Tracy Singleton, Soap Sculpture

Tracey Greene, Painted Stone

ABOUT LOWE MILL ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment is the Southeast's largest center for the arts. With more than 100 working artists, small businesses, restaurants, and live performance venues, this huge historic textile mill is now a rising home for music, art, and culture. Visitors are encouraged to enter our studios and speak with artists to learn about their work processes, inspirations, and to purchase work.  For more information, visit www.LoweMill.net.

EDITOR'S NOTE:  For media or press opportunities related to "The Grumpy Cat Art Project," please contact Trent Willis with Red Brick Strategies at 256.783.4117 or via email at trent@redbrickstrategies.com.

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