Catskill hosts purrfect annual art show

Above: Animal Planet's coverage of past Cat'n Around Catskill displays on "Must Love Cats."

This weekend, Catskill’s cat-loving population purred and flocked to the streets as part of the Cat’n Around Catskill 2012.

The number of cats shown this year might have been smaller than previous six showings, but 43 decorated fiberglass cats adorned the streets of Catskill as part of the summer-long arts event that has had more than 300 feline artwork displays in all.

This year’s litter included a creation that looked like a rooster, another that resembled a soda vending machine, one shimmering in knight's armor and another that looked like a jack-o-lantern, according to an article in The Daily Freeman.

The cat creations will be auctioned off at an annual gala at Historic Catskill Point on Sept. 30. The proceeds will be split between the artists and arts education, animal welfare, local non-profits, local food banks and future Catskill promotions.

The feline displays are scattered throughout Catskill, however most of the creations are show on Main Street, county Route 23 B and two cats will be on U.S. Route 9W in front of the Wine Cellar and McDonalds.  One cat display will be traded for a Rip Van Winkle statue in the village of Hunter.

The cat displays will be scattered throughout Catskill until mid-September.  Tickets to the annual auction and gala are available through the Catskill Chamber of Commerce/Heart of Catskill Association at (518) 943-0989.