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Diane Dyal’s Cat Battle No. 2 is part of an exhibit at the Fat Cat Cafe. (Photo: Diane Dyal)
When I sit in the Cuddle Room of Fat Cat Café I think of it as cat therapy. I enjoy the sounds of soft jazz music, the comfy furniture and, of course, the kitties roaming freely, playing, purring, and snuggling. It certainly is therapeutic.
Although, this is not cat therapy in the stereotypical sense. The definition of it being: “…therapy cats are introduced to patients in a series of one-on-one sessions designed to ease anxiety and accelerate the recovery process.” But, for me, Fat Cat Café is cat theraI Have Copd I Don’t Have The Energy To Pretend I Like You Today Cat Shirt, hoodie, tank top py.
Alternately, art therapy on the other hand, also speaks to us of “…improving people’s well-being and bringing back an individual’s functioning.” Again, I am redefining this as well. Yes, my art (which is free-spirited, expressionistic painting) brings me well-being. I get quite a feeling of satisfaction from creating.
But, in my case it is not to bring back functioning. I guess there are all levels of art therapy just as there are all definitions of cat therapy. Just like everything else, this is subjective. But I do enjoy sharing my art with others as part of the process.
The mission of Fat Cat Café is to “Provide service and care to animals in an attempt to reduce suffering. To re-home homeless animals.” A very noble cause indeed, and one I like to support as a cat lover.
My mission as an artist is, in the case of my more recent cityscapes: to highlight the obvious by creating a new perspective on taken-for-granted structures. But with my other paintings as well I like to connect with the viewer whether they are relating to the subject matter or being affected by the positivity of my brightly colored acrylics.
So, whether you just want to pet a cat or look at art, come to Fat Cat Café. You can view this solo exhibit of Diane Dyal’s paintings which will be still-lifes, Tallahassee cityscapes and, of course, cat paintings and if you choose to buy one, a portion of the proceeds go to the kitties. Or maybe you can go home with a fur-ever friend! Either way it’s a win-win situation.