It’s time to stop coveting all the amazing cats on the internet and get one of your own.
Even if an actual cat is not in the cards, the next best thing is the Cat Painting Takedown, where about 25 artists will have two hours to create a masterpiece capturing the unique essence of the mascot of our modern era, all to be auctioned off for animal charities.
“It’s all levels of art, so you’ll see some stuff that’s really incredible and some stuff that’s hilariously naive, but either way it’s just as valuable. There’s every reason to love every one,” says organizer Matt Timms, who runs regular food and art competitions on thetakedowns.com and is also known in the Instagram art world as All the Bad Cats.
For the Cat Painting Takedown, which will be free to attend on Dec. 9 at Better Than Jam Store & Studio in Brooklyn, Timms is sticking to coordinating and emceeing (and likely making a pot of his vegetarian chili). Unlike his usual food-themed takedowns, where the best baker or mac ‘n’ cheese maker gets an award, Timms says when the competitors are artists, "it’s totally unpretentious, with the accent definitely on the party rather than a competition.”