The Daily Star
---- — It’s reigning cats and dogs at the Northern Catskill Occupational Center’s Visual Communications Class, where three students have had their designs chosen for the Heart of the Catskills Association’s annual outdoor public art exhibit.
Evan Sheckler and Isacmar Martinez-Cruz, who attend Margaretville Central School, and Christian Bredice, who attends Hunter-Tannersville Central High School, had their designs chosen from among 80 submissions.
Evan’s design uses film to highlight his “Cinema Cat” with popcorn and soft drink features. Isacmar modeled her “Culinary Cat” after her sister’s NCOC Culinary Arts program uniform, adding the bit of red color for the thermometer and a pizza paddle. Christian’s winning design, “Service Dog,” has a patriotic theme.
The winning designs will be part of the association’s public art project, which this year is titled, “Cat’n Around Catskill 2013.” They will be transferred to fiberglass dogs and cats, which are purchased by sponsors, and displayed in various Catskill-area towns from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
After that, they’ll be auctioned off, with the proceeds divided between the artist and local nonprofit agencies that support the arts, youth and senior programs, animal welfare and future Catskills promotions.
To be selected, artists submit renderings, which are then displayed at a reception, where sponsors have an opportunity to meet the artists and examine their submissions. The competition includes professional artists’ entries, and a limited number of designs is chosen.
This is the first year that dogs will be part of the public art project, while it will be the seventh consecutive year cats have been in the spotlight. Past cat displays have been shown on the Discovery Channel.
For the student artists, the competition offers opportunities to receive feedback and publicity. It is also a way for them to be highlighted locally, participate in a local fundraiser and have their work viewed on Catskill streets for several months.