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My fourth annual exhibit on the Panhandle Trail.
My fourth annual exhibit on the Panhandle Trail.

Despite the fact that I ran away to see the eclipse a few days ago, I still have my annual art exhibit to prepare for! My dedicated felines have been supervising me for long nights and long days, even though it actually appears they are napping.

The event begins tomorrow, and since this is the art I’m focusing on this week, this is what I’ve decided to feature. August 25 and 26 is my annual exhibit on the Panhandle Trail, and I spent most of last week preparing for it, making handmade goods. When I planned my first exhibit four years ago, not sure there would be any more if it didn’t work out well, I focused on the artwork I’ve created on my favorite trail. But I also have a huge volume of photos and the second year I decided to introduce my favorites and many others that are runner’s up while still displaying my artwork. Since then I’ve gone one year with a focus on art and one year with a focus on photography.

This year is once again photography, and the stars of this show are photos from the frosty, icy snowy morning in March this year when I captured the photo above, “Dramatic Light”, and the one below, “Frosted”.

Frosted, digital photo © Bernadette E. Kazmarski
Frosted, digital photo © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

This year, along with “Dramatic Light” and “Frosted” and others from that same magical morning, I have a special collection of wildflowers and butterflies from nearly 20 years of photographing there. I’ve been busy with even more handmade gift items featuring my art and photography of the trail. The photo below shows canvas prints, archival digital prints, framed original photos and paintings, laminated placemats, paper gift bags, gift boxes, coasters and hand painted candle votives, a sample of what I have ready right now.

Handmade gifts for my Panhandle Trail exhibit.
Handmade gifts for my Panhandle Trail exhibit.

Please visit Portraits of Animals to read more about the event and about the artwork I’ve included. The best thing about this show is that it’s five minutes from my house and I can run home to feed my cats or pick up things I forgot. They’ll hardly notice I’m gone! (Fat chance of that!)


Hamlet helps in the studio.
Hamlet helps in the studio.

Hamlet helps me match images from my trail art and photography with colored gift bags.

Take a look at other new merchandise and featured artwork.

Marketplace is a feature on The Creative Cat to share the latest coming out of my studio with my readers. Once a week on Thursday I feature something new in my “shop”.

Read about creating custom items

Find out more about creating custom items for your own home using the images you see here. Visit the “Ordering Custom Art” page to see samples and read bout how to order.

Find out about events and festivals where you can find me and my work.

Sign up for my e-newsletter (below), check the widget on the sidebar on my home page, or sign up to receive posts on Portraits of Animals Marketplace. I plan on plenty of events this coming summer in the Pittsburgh area.

It’s all done under the close and careful supervision of my studio cats!


All images and text used on this site are copyrighted to Bernadette E. Kazmarski unless otherwise noted and may not be used without my written permission, although links to your site are more than welcome and are shared. Please ask if you are interested in using and image or story in a print or internet publication. If you are interested in purchasing a print of an image or a product including it, check my animal and nature website Portraits of Animals to see if I have it available already. If you don’t find it there, visit Ordering Custom Artwork for more information on a custom greeting card, print or other item.

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Weekly schedule of features:

Sunday: Essays, Pet Loss, Poetry, The Artist’s Life

Monday: Adoptable Cats, TNR & Shelters

Tuesday: Rescue Stories

Wednesday: Commissioned Portrait or Featured Artwork

Thursday: New Merchandise

Friday: Book Review, Health and Welfare, Advocacy

Saturday: Your Backyard Wildlife Habitat, Living Green With Pets, Creating With Cats

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