I just thought I'd throw up (<--get it?) a bit more information for you to digest. I'll present it in Question and Answer or FAQ style.
Can you tell us a little more about how the prints are made?
Sure. The prints are printed on an EPSON Stylus Pro 3800 printer. This is a professional large format printer that when used in conjunction with tight color management produces excellent results. It's also interesting to note that this printer uses 8 ink cartridges (5 color and 3 levels of black). These are unique high-density pigments for an extremely wide color gamut for true high-quailty prints. I use ILFORD Galerie "Gold Fibre Silk" paper in the 17" x 22" size. Although a very expensive paper, the results you get are stunning.
Why don't you offer your prints framed?
That's a simple one. It cost too much to pack and ship a framed print with glass. And then there is the breakage issue, UPS and USPS are nice guys BUT they are not most careful people in the world. If you run across my work at art shows and galleries THEN you will find a very large framed selection. However, I try to offer almost all of the Cat Works prints in double-matted, standard sizes for easy, cost-efficient framing.
You're pulling our leg here with the whole "mysterious collection of works that has been in hibernation for well over a century" thing, right?
Did you ever see the original Superman movie? The one with Christopher Reeve and Margot Kidder? In the scene where Lois Lane is interviewing Superman on the balcony, Superman replies, "I never lie Lois", and then he says "pink", which had to do with the color of underwear she was wearing; but she was standing behind a lead planter box...and as you know Superman can't see thru lead. But I digress.
Review of Cat Works from the September 10th (2009) issue of the Riverfront Times
Nearer my cat to thee
Blinkered by the prospect of plenitudinous beer and positively excellent festival cuisine - macaroni and cheece should be offed at more outdoor events - I have often been guity of ignoring the primary reason for the existence of Schlafly's Art Outside, specifically, the art. More than 50 local artists set up tents on the commodious parking lot of the Schlafly Bottlewroks (7260 Southwest Ave, Maplewood 314-241-2337 or swww.shclafly.com) and hawk creative wares ranging from jewwlry to fine art prints, and yet I somewhow overlook the possibility of browsing in favor of standing in the line for another beer. But this year, I vow to find booth No. 42, that of Jay thompson digital artist, to see the mystery and miracle of Cat Works. Thompson avers that he is not the creator of this collection of 200 hand-colored photographs and daguerreotypes, but rather the curator; the entire body of work was discovered by his grandfather in 1909, and Thompson the younger merely displays them to a curious piublic. These images portray the finely attired Victorian forms of young ladies and gentlemen of good standing: each of these bodies bears the majestic head of a house cat. Kitschy? No. In these beautifully composed images are juxtaposed the serenity of the gentle class and the strident intrusion of the Industrial Age. The nameless artist also captures the society of narcissism that pervades that earlier ear and. sadly, also pervades this current time. Cat Works is high art - high art at which you can marvel while eating macaroni and cheese. Art Outside isopne to the public from 5 to 10 pm. Friday, 10 am to 10 pm Saturday and noon to 4 pm Sunday. Admission is free bring money for cheesed pasta, beer and art. - Paul Friswold