Tuesday, November 11, 2014


Produced by David J. Wagner, L.L.C.
David J. Wagner, Ph.D., Curator/Tour Director


Aaron Blaise
Profile of a Queen (Female Lion)
2014 Oil on canvas

David Rankin
Jungle Shadows (Clouded Leopard)
2012 Transparent Watercolor

FELINE FINE: ART OF CATS II is a sequel to the popular 2003 traveling museum exhibition.  Curator/Tour Director, David J. Wagner decided to revive FELINE FINE now a decade later due to popular demand.  FELINE FINE I also generated the companion exhibition, PAWS AND REFLECT: ART OF CANINES.  The revival exhibition consists of over 50 new paintings and sculptures by leading artists who specialize in the subject of cats.  Artworks in FELINE FINE: ART OF CATS II portray domestic breeds and wild cats in a variety of styles ranging from photo-realism to painterly impressionism.  Each participating artist was given the opportunity to exhibit three to five  works to demonstrate the range of her/his particular subject matter and treatment of these fascinating animals. New for FELINE II is the inclusion of feline fantasy art, computer generated feline art by an artist who was on the Lion King movie animation team, feline miniatures, and feline sculpture by the past President of the National Sculpture Society. FELINE FINE I exhibiting artists included: Robert Bateman, Carl Brenders, Guy Coheleach, Randal Dutra, Charles FracĂ©, Peter Gray, Ray Harm, Janet Heaton, Dan Ostermiller, Dino Paravano, Naomi Pridjian, David Rankin, Rosetta, Richard Sloan, Kent Ullberg, Nicole van Axx, and Kay Williams. FELINE FINE II exhibiting artists include

Alphabetical by Last Name

              Aaron Blaise, Stuart, FL                                 David Rankin, University Heights, OH
              Julie Bell, Allentown, PA                               Rosetta, Loveland, CO
              Kim Diment, Grayling, MI                              Rachelle Siegrist, Townsend, TN
              Janet Heaton, West Palm Beach, FL             Wes Siegrist, Townsend, TN
              Brian Jarvi, Cohasset, MN                              Kent Ullberg, Corpus Christi, TX
              Sally Maxwell, La Grange, TX                                   Kay Williams, Dayton, TN
              Dan Ostermiller, Loveland, CO                      Nicholas Wilson, Tubac, AZ   
              Dino Paravano, Tucson, AZ                          

Brian Jarvi
Savage Land (Lions and Cape Buffalo)
2010 Oil on Belgian Linen

Dan Ostermiller
Marcella (Domestic Cat)
1998 Bronze

 Cats have been domesticated since prehistoric times and have often been the objects of superstition as well as veneration, notably, for example, by ancient Egyptians.  Today, they continue to fascinate and intrigue humans, as exemplified by the musical comedy, CATS, one of the longest running shows on Broadway, and countless myths, poems and stories.  Cats are carnivorous mammals of the Felidae family.  Cats comprise both the domestic breeds (Abyssinian, Burmese, Siamese, Persian, etc.), and wild breeds including the great cats (lions, tigers, leopards, cheetahs), and the smaller wild cats (lynx, bobcat, ocelot, etc.).  Highly adapted for hunting and devouring their prey, cats have relatively short muzzles, large eyes, sensitive whiskers, and sharp claws and teeth.  Most have long tails, and all have a flexible musculo-skeletal system.  Most wild cats are solitary, though lions live in groups called prides. Male cheetahs (usually brothers) will sometimes stick together in groups called "coalitions" but cheetah families don't stick together like lion prides.  Besides the common house cat, the species F. catus includes many recognized breeds maintained by selected mating.  Domestic breeds have coats of various lengths and colors in a variety of patterns, making them, like their wild cousins, wonderful subjects for artists.  Felines depicted in the art of these exhibiting artists include: African Serval, Bengal Tiger, Bobcat, Cheetah, Cougar, domesticated cats (including pedigreed pets such as Abyssinian and Siamese cats, as well as non-pedigreed cats, barnyard cats, feral cats), Leopard, Lion, Lynx, Ocelot, Snow Leopard, and Tiger.

Kim Dimment
Three Brothers of Lewa (Cheetahs)
2008 Acrylic

Tika II (Domestic Cat)
2012 Bronze

                                                    December 7, 2014 - January 18, 2015
Stauth Memorial Museum
Montezuma, KS

March 13 - May 10, 2015
Dane G. Hansen Memorial Museum
Logan, KS

June 1 - August 31, 2015
Lindsay Wildlife Museum
Walnut Creek, CA
Fall 2015

March 6 - April 17, 2016
Neville Public Museum
Green Bay, WI

Sally Maxwell
What Is It? (Cougar)
2012 Colored scratchboard

For further information, contact: David J. Wagner, L.L.C., Exhibition Tour Office
(414) 221-6878; davidjwagnerllc@yahoo.com; davidjwagnerllc.com

Member: American Alliance of Museums and International Council of Museum

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