Cynthia von Buhler: Show & Tell Solo Exhibit at The Staten Island Museum, New York City

Show & Tell Painting: Cynthia von Buhler (Click on the image for a 300 DPI jpeg download for press reproduction. Drag the larger image to your desktop to download. Image copywrite: Cynthia von Buhler, 2007)

For Immediate Release
Contact: Kamillah Hanks
Coordinator – Special Projects
Staten Island Museum
75 Stuyvesant Place, Staten Island, NY 10301
Voice: (718) 727-1135 ext. 117
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Email: khanks@statenislandmuseum.org
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Purify Painting: Cynthia von Buhler (Click on the image for a 300 DPI jpeg download for press reproduction. Drag the larger image to your desktop to download. Image copywrite: Cynthia von Buhler, 2007)

(Staten Island, New York – March 2007) – On Friday, April 27, the Staten Island Museum will unveil Cynthia von Buhler: Show & Tell. The exhibit will run from April 26, 2007 – September 23, 2007 (Extended due to popular demand). The surreal three-dimensional works blend Renaissance inspired portraiture and messianic figures with natural objects. Cynthia von Buhler’s enigmatic paintings impart their meaning through symbol, design, and narrative. In von Buhler’s art, butterflies, snakes, birds, and plants are set into cages, boxes, and peepholes to serve as metaphors for the human condition. The layered gouache paintings and their sculptural, performance, and audio accoutrements are at once poignant and mischievous. Show and Tell is akin to a trip down an ornate rabbit hole.

Cynthia von Buhler states: “I am a story teller who enjoys revealing the hidden. We all have our outward stories of who we are, how we make our living, what we wear, how we want to be perceived - but what truly interests me are the stories we normally choose not to tell.” Her work focuses on three-dimensional using objects such as insects, fruit, or frog skeletons dangle provocatively in shadowy recesses. Live and taxidermy birds can be found seated in cages within the pieces, demonstrating trapped emotions. Ms. Von Buhler raises pet doves and all of the taxidermy doves in her work have died of natural causes.

The exhibit will include sculpted characters and press proofs from von Buhler’s recent children’s book, The Cat Who Wouldn’t Come Inside. The children’s book was released by Houghton Mifflin in September 2006. The book was chosen as “Teacher’s Pick-Best Books of 2006” by Parent & Child and a “Children’s Pick, Winter 2006/2007” by Book Sense.

Cynthia von Buhler is an internationally exhibiting visual artist, illustrator and author living in New York City. Her work has appeared as the cover feature of New York Arts, New York’s Gallery Guide, Communication Arts, Step by Step Graphics, The Boston Globe, The Boston Phoenix, and many other publications. Art & Antiques named Ms. Von Buhler as “one of the top contemporary surrealists” in 2006.

Ms. von Buhler has won the Gold, Silver and Bronze medals at the Society of Illustrators Los Angeles, and the Gold Medal from the Visual Club. Her work has been published frequently in the Society of Illustrators Annual, Communications Arts Illustration Annual, and American Illustration, each of which feature the best and most cutting-edge illustration in the country.
Miss Ann Thrope Painting: Cynthia von Buhler (Click on the image for a 300 DPI jpeg download for press reproduction. Drag the larger image to your desktop to download. Image copywrite: Cynthia von Buhler, 2007)


Upcoming Related Events:

September 23, 2007:Closing Reception will take place on Sunday, September 23rd at 2PM.

August 11, 2007: Cynthia von Buhler Artist’s Talk will be held on Saturday, August 11th at 1:00 p.m. Von Buhler’s Renaissance inspired portraits hold hidden secrets, butterflies, snakes, and birds---while cages and peepholes serve as mischievous metaphors. The Artist’s Talk is part of the Artists/Ideas Series: Supported by JP Morgan Chase. Free with museum admission.

August 25, 2007: The Cat Who Wouldn’t Come Inside Family Workshop and Book Signing with Artist and author Cynthia von Buhler will be held on Saturday, August 25th at 2:00 p.m. Participants will meet the artist and find out how she created her new book with dollhouse charm and a message about patience and giving. A cat figurine workshop for children is included in the program. Admission is $5 per child. Admission is free for children under 12. Copies of the book will be available for sale at this event.
Fidelio Painting: Cynthia von Buhler (Click on the image for a 300 DPI jpeg download for press reproduction. Drag the larger image to your desktop to download. Image copywrite: Cynthia von Buhler, 2007)


General Museum Information

For now 125 years, the Staten Island Museum (Staten Island Institute of Arts & Sciences) has been fostering and sustaining scientific and cultural heritage on Staten Island. Founded in 1881, New York City's only general interest museum explores the arts, natural science, and local history through permanent and changing exhibitions and welcomes over 65,000 adults and school children to a comprehensive array of programs.

The Museum’s History Archives & Library is open to the public by appointment and houses a large collection of Staten Island related materials, including 55,000 photos, 6,600 postcards, 3,100 maps, and 15,000 books. Photographic reproduction and research services are available for those who are unable to visit.

The Museum Store offers a selection of New York City and Staten Island related souvenirs, postcards, books and maps. Look out for magnets and mugs featuring the Staten Island Ferry.

Permanent installations include Above the Molding, a selection of unique paintings of New York Harbor and the Staten Island Ferry; The Lenape: The First Staten Islanders, featuring arrowheads and artifacts dating back to ca. 10,000 B.C.; prized specimens from the Museum’s vast insect collection at the Wall of Insects; and the Fluorescent Mineral Room, a glow-in-the-dark display of minerals. And since October 2005 we celebrate one of New York City’s icons in The Staten Island Ferry: The First 100 Years.

Changing exhibitions include the presentation of both established and emerging regional artists, in depth exploration of natural history such as the geology and biodiversity of Staten Island, and periodic displays based on compelling subjects of local history.

Museum Building
75 Stuyvesant Place
Hours:
Sunday – Friday 12:00pm - 5:00pm;
Saturday 10:00am – 5:00pm;
Admission: Adults: $2; Children, Students, Seniors: $1; Children under 12: free
The museum building is wheelchair accessible.

Maestro Sartori Wants A Bit Of Glory Painting: Cynthia von Buhler (Click on the image for a 300 DPI jpeg download for press reproduction. Drag the larger image to your desktop to download. Image copywrite: Cynthia von Buhler, 2007)

Intimate Letters Painting: Cynthia von Buhler (Click on the image for a 300 DPI jpeg download for press reproduction. Drag the larger image to your desktop to download. Image copywrite: Cynthia von Buhler, 2007)

MVCIMXCVI Painting: Cynthia von Buhler (Click on the image for a 300 DPI jpeg download for press reproduction. Drag the larger image to your desktop to download. Image copywrite: Cynthia von Buhler, 2007)

Show & Tell Photograph: Self-Portrait by Cynthia von Buhler (Click on the image for a 300 DPI jpeg download for press reproduction. Drag the larger image to your desktop to download. Image copywrite: Cynthia von Buhler, 2007)


Installation Views


Above: Installation View. Photograph: Cynthia von Buhler (Click on the image for a 300 DPI jpeg download for press reproduction. Drag the larger image to your desktop to download. Image copywrite: Cynthia von Buhler, 2007)
Above: Installation View. Photograph: Cynthia von Buhler (Click on the image for a 300 DPI jpeg download for press reproduction. Drag the larger image to your desktop to download. Image copywrite: Cynthia von Buhler, 2007)

Above: Installation View. Photograph: Cynthia von Buhler (Click on the image for a 300 DPI jpeg download for press reproduction. Drag the larger image to your desktop to download. Image copywrite: Cynthia von Buhler, 2007)

Above: Installation View. Photograph: Cynthia von Buhler (Click on the image for a 300 DPI jpeg download for press reproduction. Drag the larger image to your desktop to download. Image copywrite: Cynthia von Buhler, 2007)

Above: Installation View. Photograph: Cynthia von Buhler (Click on the image for a 300 DPI jpeg download for press reproduction. Drag the larger image to your desktop to download. Image copywrite: Cynthia von Buhler, 2007)

Above: Installation View. Photograph: Cynthia von Buhler (Click on the image for a 300 DPI jpeg download for press reproduction. Drag the larger image to your desktop to download. Image copywrite: Cynthia von Buhler, 2007)

The Cat Who Wouldn’t Come Inside: Based on a True Story Image Downloads (Scroll down for the press release)

The Cat Who Wouldn't Come Inside by Cynthia von Buhler (Click on the image for a 300 DPI jpeg download for press reproduction. Drag the larger image to your desktop to download. Image copywrite: Cynthia von Buhler, 2007)

The Cat Who Wouldn't Come Inside by Cynthia von Buhler (Click on the image for a 300 DPI jpeg download for press reproduction. Drag the larger image to your desktop to download. Image copywrite: Cynthia von Buhler, 2007)

The Cat Who Wouldn't Come Inside by Cynthia von Buhler (Click on the image for a 300 DPI jpeg download for press reproduction. Drag the larger image to your desktop to download. Image copywrite: Cynthia von Buhler, 2007)

The Cat Who Wouldn't Come Inside by Cynthia von Buhler (Click on the image for a 300 DPI jpeg download for press reproduction. Drag the larger image to your desktop to download. Image copywrite: Cynthia von Buhler, 2007)

Author self-portrait doll, The Cat Who Wouldn't Come Inside by Cynthia von Buhler (Click on the image for a 300 DPI jpeg download for press reproduction. Drag the larger image to your desktop to download. Image copywrite: Cynthia von Buhler, 2007)


Installation Views


Installation view, The Cat Who Wouldn't Come Inside by Cynthia von Buhler (Click on the image for a 300 DPI jpeg download for press reproduction. Drag the larger image to your desktop to download. Image copywrite: Cynthia von Buhler, 2007)

Installation view, The Cat Who Wouldn't Come Inside by Cynthia von Buhler (Click on the image for a 300 DPI jpeg download for press reproduction. Drag the larger image to your desktop to download. Image copywrite: Cynthia von Buhler, 2007)

Installation view, The Cat Who Wouldn't Come Inside by Cynthia von Buhler (Click on the image for a 300 DPI jpeg download for press reproduction. Drag the larger image to your desktop to download. Image copywrite: Cynthia von Buhler, 2007)

Andy Warhol: In His Wake

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Collage of art from Warhol: In His Wake by Cynthia von Buhler

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 26, 2007

"I'd like to be reincarnated as a diamond on Elizabeth Taylor's finger."
- Andy Warhol


Andy Warhol: In His Wake

To be on view from February 22, 2007 – April 12, 2007 (EXTENDED DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND)

Closing reception: Thursday, April 12, 2007, 6-10PM; Readings 6PM - 7:30PM

NEW YORK, NY — On the twenty-year anniversary of Warhol’s death, The Carrozzini von Buhler Gallery presents Andy Warhol: In His Wake, a group exhibition of works by four well-known celebrity artists from Warhol's Factory: Ultra Violet, Taylor Mead, Billy Name, and Ivy Nicholson. Also featured will be Anton Perich, William John Kennedy, and Steve Joester, three artists who documented Warhol, as well as seven artists who have been influenced by him including: Amy Cohen Banker, Cynthia von Buhler, Pamela Martin, William Tisdale, Molly Weingart, and Gary Azon. Andy Warhol: In His Wake will feature paintings, sculptures, projections, and photography by exhibiting artists.

The Carrozzini von Buhler Gallery will be transformed to look like Warhol's infamous Silver Factory with glittering silver walls, disco balls, silver pillow balloons, and aluminum foil drapes. The closing reception will be held on Thursday, April 12th, from 6pm to 10pm and will feature Five Minutes of Fame; readings each 5 minutes in length, starting promptly at 6pm. Five Minutes of Fame is curated by Dorothy F. August. Readers include: Dorothy F. August, Patricia Corragon, Greg Fuchs, Ron Kolm, Bill Kushner, Taylor Mead, Thad Rutkowski, Jackie Sheeler, Larissa Shmailo, Hal Sirowitz, Star Black, and Carol Wierzbicki. Andy Warhol: In His Wake is curated by Cynthia von Buhler, Amy Cohen Banker, and Kevin Kushel. The exhibition will be on view through April12, 2007.

Exhibition Hours: Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturday from 2PM – 6PM. Subway: A, C, E, or L to 14th Street at 8th Ave. Free and open to the public. The gallery will be closed on Saturday, April 7th due to Passover and Easter holidays.

View Gothamist's review HERE.
View Chelsea Now's review HERE.
View NY Cool's review HERE.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Taylor Mead still lives in New York and continues to write and perform poetry. His most recent film role was in Coffee and Cigarettes, directed by Jim Jarmusch. Mead's drawings were exhibited in the 2006 Whitney Biennial. Actor-writer Taylor Mead, "the funniest guy around," according to Jack Kerouac, is best known for his comic roles in such films as Ron Rice's The Flower Thief (1960), Bob Downey's Babo 73 (1964), and Andy Warhol's Lonesome Cowboys (1968). Mead continues to regularly perform and read poetry at The Bowery Poetry Club. His latest book of poems is called A Simple Country Girl. He was the subject of a documentary called Excavating Taylor Mead, which debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2005. The film shows him engaging in his nightly habit of feeding stray cats in an East Village cemetery after bar-hopping, and features a cameo by Jim Jarmusch, in which Jarmusch explains that once, when Mead went to Europe, he enlisted Jarmusch's brother to feed the cemetery cats in Mead's absence. Mead appeared in the final segment of Jarmusch's 2003 film Coffee and Cigarettes. He has been "a beloved icon of the downtown New York art scene since the 60s."

Ultra Violet continues to exhibit her art in France and the U.S. She opened an art studio in Nice in 1990, creating a movement called "L'Ultratique," publishing two manifestos in the early 1990's. Her work was included in the Audart exhibition commemorating the tenth anniversary of Warhol's death. In August - October 2004 she had an exhibit at the Washington County Museum of Fine Art and in December 2004 - January 2005 she exhibited at the Gallerie Ferrero in Nice.
She is represented by Stux Gallery in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City and her book, Famous For Fifteen Minutes has been translated in seventeen languages. Find out more about Ultra Violet HERE.

Billy Name was the resident photographer at Warhol’s factory and was responsible for much of the Factory’s silver interior. His most recent screen appearance was in Andy Warhol - A Documentary Film (2006) directed by Ric Burns. Other recent films he has appeared in include Andy Warhol: The Complete Picture (2002) and the documentary on mail artist Ray Johnson, How to Draw a Bunny, which won the Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival in 2002 and was released on DVD in September 2004. In March 2004 he was one of the speakers at the ATOA artists panel on Ray Johnson in New York. His work has been exhibited at The Museum of Modern Art, The Whitney Museum, The Guggenheim, Bilbao, The Centre Pompidou, and The Andy Warhol Museum. His Warhol-era work has been collected in two books, Billy Name: Stills from the Warhol Films (Prestel, 1994) and All Tomorrow's Parties (d.a.p.1997). Name lived in a back studio at Warhols’ Factory at 231 East 47th Street and he continues to live in New York. Find out more about Billy Name HERE.

Ivy Nicholson is mother to twins - Gunther Ethan Palmer and actress Penelope Palmer. Their father is John Palmer, who is often credited with the idea for the film, Empire, and also went on to direct/write the non-Warhol film, Ciao Manhattan. Ivy's son Gunther was a child model and teen actor in Paris and the lead vocalist of the alternative rock band, Mandrake, before going on to become the vocalist and percussionist in the band Stagefright. Ivy occasionally performed with her son's band in the late nineties. During November 2004 she returned to New York temporarily to direct a film - The Dead Life. She is currently creating films in New York City.

Anton Perich is an inventor, painter, photographer, video artist and Night Magazine publisher. In the early Seventies he was a contributing photographer for Warhol’s Interview Magazine. He was born in Croatia, and in 1970 he moved to NYC. In the late Sixties he was in Paris active in the Lettrist Movement. In 1973 he created the first Underground Show on Manhattan Cable TV. In 1977 he invented and built the Electric Painting Machine, an early predecessor of inkjet technology. Perich is an early pioneer of Digital Art. In 1978 he started publishing Night.
Find out more about Anton Perich HERE.

William John Kennedy photographed Andy Warhol at The Factory and on-location beginning in 1964. Robert Indiana introduced Kennedy to Warhol after showing him photographs Kennedy took of him. Warhol invited Kennedy to The Factory to shoot him and his work where he eagerly acted out the creative scenes devised by Kennedy. Kennedy’s Warhol archives were forgotten and placed in storage at his New York City studio where they remained for many years while Kennedy achieved great success in the New York City advertising agency arena. Kennedy’s historic collection of Warhol photographs were recently brought out of storage and were exhibited at a Miami Art gallery for the very first time in 2004. Kennedy attended the Pratt Institute and the School of Visual Arts. The Warhol archives is just a segment of Kennedy’s extensive photographic archive. Kennedy lives in Miami, Florida and continues to shoot for his fine art collection.
Find out more about William John KennedyHERE.

Steve Joester is a British-born rock photographer and mixed media artist, currently living and working in New York City. Joester is known for his photos of rock icons such as Mick Jagger and Sting, and also caught Andy Warhol on film with Rob Halford of Judas Priest. He translates these images into Warhol inspired Pop Art collages. In November of 2005 and 2006, Joester exhibited his work in a private show at the former Andy Warhol Factory located at 860 Broadway. Joester's photographs have been featured in numerous publications including Rolling Stone, Interview, Cream, and Cosmopolitan. Joester has worked with every major record label and created album sleeves and posters for musicians including Bob Marley, Ginger Baker, and Be Bop Delux. Currently, Steve Joester is working on a group of paintings for a solo exhibition at the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey in April of 2007 and Mr. MusicHead Rock Art Gallery, Hollywood, CA in May 2007. For more information on Steve Joester and Rock Icons including limited-edition Giclee prints, please visit www.stevejoester.com, email Find out more about Steve JoesterHERE or call 347.463.9023.

Amy Cohen Banker has been around the New York and international art scene for over twenty years. Her most recent acting work is in Ivy Nicholson's "The Dead Life" which also includes her daughter Meredith Banker as another character. Banker currently has an exhibit at Janos Gat Gallery in New York City titled Amy Banker NOW and will be in a group exhibit, curated by Faith Ringgold, at Adelphi University. Her recent video, "Relicts" derived from her past installations and flash animation, was inspired by critical experiences from her life from 2001 to 2006 and is a tribute to her late daughter Allison Jane Banker and her late art dealer Monique Goldstrom. Amy also worked with Ultra Violet on a Delaware County Museum exhibition. Banker admires Warhol's strong use of portrait as landscape, his Involvement with repetition and current events as subject matter.
Find out more about Amy Cohen BankerHERE.

Cynthia von Buhler is an internationally exhibiting visual artist, illustrator, children's book author, and performer living in New York City. Von Buhler uses traditional as well as unconventional media: painting, sculpture, performance, video projection, installation, living fauna, collage, photography, human detritus, and electronic audio. In March 2006, Art & Antiques named von Buhler as "one of the top contemporary surrealists", however, she has also been linked to the Fluxus movement. Von Buhler's illustrations have appeared in more than a thousand magazines, books, publications, billboards, and CDs. Howard Stern owns a portrait of himself painted by von Buhler, while Jann Wenner, the publisher of Rolling Stone, bought von Buhler’s portraits of Madonna and Jimi Hendrix, both of which were featured in his magazine. Von Buhler's work is also in hundreds of private and public collections all over the world. Von Buhler’s upcoming solo exhibit, Flora, Fauna, and Flame, will be held at The Staten Island Museum of Arts & Science from April – June 2007.
Find out more about Cynthia von Buhler HERE

Pamela Martin is the owner of a fabulous vintage textile collection, which inspires her artwork. She lives and works in New York City and the Catskills.

William Tisdale was a prolific and respected printmaker living and working in Boston, MA. Tisdale died of an AIDS-related illness in the 1990’s.

Gary Azon is an award winning writer and photographer whose photos have
appeared in The London Times, GQ and, Vanity Fair. He's currently an art
columnist for NIGHT magazine and has shown photography at numerous NYC
galleries such as Foster Goldstrom.

Molly Weingart is an urban studies major at Columbia with a specialization in visual arts. She is doing research on memorials while studying printmaking with Kiki Smith, Valerie Hammond, and Sarah Sze.

ABOUT THE CURATORS

Kevin Kushel is a veteran picture professional with more than 20 years of experience as an agency and collection director bringing together professional picture and consumer purchasers with a global variety of image sources. Kushel currently distributes content consisting of everything from nature to entertainment and successfully markets imagery and assignments through his photo agency OvoWorks, Inc. Kushel has curated exhibits at The National Press Club (Washington, D.C.), the Galleries at the Shoreham and Gershwin Hotel(s), C.B.G.B.'s and others. www.ovoworks.smugmug.com

Cynthia von Buhler is reluctant to call herself a curator. Instead she sees herself as artist who after finding a certain level of success for her own art has decided to help other artists. CVB Space began as a studio space for artists but in 2003 von Buhler decided to make a portion of the loft available to other artists as well. In 2004 she teamed up with Stefania Carrozzini, who now curates the majority of exhibits at the space. This isn't the first time von Buhler has shared her studio space. In Boston, she made the second floor of her large Victorian house/studio into Dietrich von Buhler Gallery. This gallery was for experimental installation artists and received curatorial visits from The Whitney Museum, The MIT Visual List Center, and many other galleries and museums. In 2000, von Buhler organized an art and performance event titled "Royally Fucked" which incorporated performance pieces by Karen Finley, Nicole Blackman, and others with a visual art exhibit. These were held simultaneously at The Institute of Contemporary Art, The Paradise Rock Club, and The Dietrich von Buhler Gallery. She has also released award-winning AIDS benefit exhibits and compilation art/music CDs on her own label, Castle von Buhler Records.

Amy Cohen Banker is a member of The Feminist Art Project/Rutgers and WAAND (Women's Art Archives National Directory). Banker is a member of the Exhibition Committee and the Chair of the Nawa (National Association of Women Artists) gallery. She has worked for the MOMA, The Whitney Museum and The Metropolitan Museum of Art in art education and development. She taught art to the blind and to foreign (Japanese) clients as well as emerging artists. She curated at The Loren Ellis Art for Healing Gallery as well as at CVB Space and NAWA.

Dorothy F. August is an award winning poet and editor who has published three collections of poems. She's won two NYFA fellowships and recently completed her fourth volume of poetry titled "Drinking Alaska".

The Carrozzini von Buher Gallery / CVB Space is a 5000 square foot art studio, art gallery, film/photo location, and event space in Manhattan's Meatpacking district. It is owned and directed by artist Cynthia von Buhler. Stefania Carrozzini is the director of International Exhibition Project at The Carrozini von Buhler Gallery. Carrozzini has been an art critic since 1994 as well as the founder and director of the International branch D’Ars, which brings European art to the The United States and American art to Europe. Carrozzini lives and works in Milan and New York City.

The Carrozini von Buhler Gallery is located at 407 West 13th Street, between 9th Ave. & Washington St. Subway: A, C, E, or L to 14th Street at 8th Ave. Exhibitions hours are Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturday from 2PM – 6PM. The exhibition is free and open to the public. For more information, please call 646.336.8387, visit www.cvbspace.com, or email cvbspace@drawbridge.com.

CONTACT:
Cynthia von Buhler / (cell) 646-221-5239 / hannah@drawbridge.com


Andy Warhol by William John Kennedy, photograph


The Great Warhola by Cynthia von Buhler, detail, mixed media fortune teller machine


Andy Warhol by Anton Perich, machine painting


Andy Warhol by Billy Name, photograph

The Cat Who Wouldn’t Come Inside: Based on a True Story


September 10, 2006
For Immediate Release
Contact: Karen Walsh, 617-351-3647, Houghton Mifflin, karen_walsh@hmco.com

The Cat Who Wouldn’t Come Inside: Based on a True Story
Written and illustrated by Cynthia von Buhler

On a cold winter day a cat appears on the porch of an old Victorian house. The girl who lives there feels sorry for the snow-covered creature and gives him warm milk. The next day she gives him tuna, and the next day a catnip mouse, and so on and so on, until eventually the porch is as cozy as the house. One day, much to her surprise, the cat finally answers her invitation inside with an invitation to her. The “house-that-Jack-built” structure and repetition of this story will appeal to young readers, who will also delight in following the construction of the cat’s new home. This tale of friendship and trust, of patience and love, is based on a true story. While living in Boston, in a large purple Victorian house, von Buhler befriended a stray cat, whom she named Olympus after the Greek mountain. She repeatedly invited him inside, but he didn’t budge from the porch. So she went to the mountain, so to speak, and over the course of four years, fed him, nursed him, and built him his own (heated) purple and green house.

Creating the set for the book was a family affair—von Buhler’s father adapted her childhood dollhouse (which he had built by hand); her mother sewed the curtains, and her sister, a fashion designer, created the clothing. Von Buhler created all the characters using Sculpey clay. They were baked in an oven until hardened, then decorated with paint. She created a 3D set, and everything was then photographed with a Haselblad camera using a variety of lenses and colored gel filters, creating a fantastical world of cottony snow, comfortable chairs, and hidden delights.

Committed to reaching out to her audience in non-traditional ways, von Buhler has created an art exhibit based on the sculptures and sets used for the book that also incorporates a children’s cat sculpture workshop . The exhibit opens first at CVB Space in Manhattan on September 28th, and will then go on to tour children’s museums nationwide. For more information, please visit www.comeinsidekitty.com, which also includes step-by-step “make a kitty” instructions, a feature on how the house and set were created, an author’s blog, and more. Von Buhler is also currently producing a flash music animation, set to her original music (including her own vocals), which will feature the book’s characters and set. This animation, Come Inside Kitty can be viewed on YouTube.

Cynthia von Buhler is an internationally known and award-winning artist. Her artwork has been displayed in galleries and museums around the world, on CD covers, and in books, magazines, and newspapers. Four illustrations from the book have already been chosen to appear in the prestigious art book American Illustration in November 2006. The book was chosen as Teacher's Pick - Best Books of 2006 by Parent & Child magazine and a Winter 2006/2007 by Book Sense. They Called Her Molly Pitcher, written by Anne Rockwell and illustrated by von Buhler, was chosen as one of the New York Public Library’s Top 100 Picture Books of the Year.

Von Buhler has rescued and placed more than twenty-five cats into loving homes, and plans to donate a portion of her royalties from the sale of this book to City Critters, a New York City animal rescue organization. The book also contains valuable and practical information for those who find stray cats. City Critters has been at all of von Buhler’s New York City cat sculpture workshops and art openings and many animals have been adopted at these events. She currently lives in a castle on Staten Island, with a host of pets, including six doves, thirty goldfish, two rats, a small dog (adopted recently from City Critters), her husband, Russell, and, of course, seven cats.

The Cat Who Wouldn’t Come Inside is a loving tribute to feline companionship, sure to warm human and kitty hearts, because cat company is worth waiting for. Available wherever books are sold or by contacting Houghton Mifflin Customer Service at 1-800-225-3362.

September 2006, Picture Book
Ages 2–5
PreK–K
40 pages
$16.00
ISBN 10 0-618-56314-8
ISBN 13/EAN 978-0-618-56314-2