Comes for the Cats, Stay for the Chili!
By Kimberley Coughlin
November 20, 2013

Cats—people can’t get enough of them. When it comes to sharing our love of cats, we’ve come a long way from the “Hang in there, baby!” book-sale posters of our youth. The Internet made it possible for feline fanatics everywhere to enshrine their four-legged friends as memes or Youtube sensations; but this Sunday, the people of New York City are doing it old school. On November 24th, Brooklyn will host the first Cat Painting Takedown.

Twenty artists will be given two hours to complete their cat painting on canvas. Once the artists have finished their masterpieces, attendees can bid on the paintings. While it would be really fun if this were the type of auction that involved paddles and had people fiercely outbidding one another (cat fight, anyone?), I’m going to assume it’s a silent auction.

The event will take place at The Active Space in Bushwick and admission is free. The event organizers are sweetening the pot by offering chili and beer—the Brooklyn Chili Takedown was last weekend—coincidence? I think not. All profits benefit the Brooklyn Animal Resource Coalition (a.k.a. BARC), a no-kill shelter with the most refreshingly candid descriptions of adoptable animals that I’ve ever seen (take Ray, here, for example).

“Takedowns” have occurred across the country, but prior to this event, none had been dedicated solely to cats. Brooklyn is definitely the place to try something new; the buzz factor is strong in the hipster community. Besides, if another city did it first, they wouldn’t be able to claim they were doing it before it hit the mainstream.

Since the event will take place in New York City, there may even be some famous attendees. I hear that George W. Bush is pretty gifted with a paintbrush, and inclined to paint animals to boot.