Purple Pussycat by Theresa Rowe Obert
Sponsored by: Heart of Catskill Association
Description: Playful mice paint a Purple Pussycat inspired by the Gelett Burgess “Purple Cow” poem. Instead of “I never saw a purple cow. I never hope to see one. But I can tell you anyhow, I rather see than be one.” the mice write “I never saw a purple cat. I only hope to see one. But I can tell you just like that; I’d rather see than be one.” On previous art pieces, goofy mice nibbled on “The Big Cheese” in 2015 and field mice had a field day on “Cat-o- Lantern” in 2012.
About the Artist: This is Theresa’s seventh summer adorning cats for Cat’n Around Catskill. Last year’s Cat-anooga Choo Choo and Arnie Gets a Birdie, plus Confection Purrfection were among her entries, in addition to Callie the Calico raffle cat. In addition to Cat’n Around Catskill, Theresa previously participated in public art exhibits for QuackQuack Greenville, Trackin’ through the RC Station, Cairo Bears ‘n Butterflies, Rip Lives, and various public art exhibits in Saugerties. This year she has added Barney the Barn Owl in Coxsackie’s What a Hoot and Rocking Around the Christmas Tree in Rocking Around Saugerties.
A former resident of Greene County, she graduated from Windham-Ashland-Jewett Central School, Ladycliff College and Fordham University holding a B.S. in Art and M.S. in Education. After teaching elementary art and academic subjects for a number of years, Theresa was a freelance artist for publishing companies, taught adult ed. classes and worked with senior citizens. She currently resides in Connecticut.
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