About Tails of the Painted Cats

Tails of the Painted Cats (TOPC) is one of Cat Care Society’s largest fundraisers of the year. This upscale biennial event features a gala dinner and auction for attendees to sip cocktails, browse and bid on cat-themed art, listen to soothing piano music, participate in fun games, treat themselves to a seated dinner and dessert, and mingle with other cat lovers and volunteers, all while supporting Colorado’s artist community and raising money for Cat Care Society to continue its mission.

For each event, numerous artists donate their time and talents to creating beautiful, hand-crafted sculptures and paintings. The “painted cats” are the stars of the show, but don’t worry, we don’t paint live cats! The event’s painted cats are large fiberglass cat-shaped creations, and you can also find “flat cat” paintings and jewelry available for sale, too.

Don’t forget to cast your vote at the gallery showings, as well as at the gala, for your favorite painted cat. One select artist and creation will be named People’s Choice!

2023 Gala Information

  • Date: Saturday, September 16, 2023
  • Time: 5-9 p.m.
  • Location: Baldoria on the Water Event Center, 146 Van Gordon Street, Lakewood
  • Emcee: Steve Staeger, reporter, 9News
  • Auctioneer: Doug Tisdale

Ticket sales are now open! Reserve your seat at this event today; early bird pricing ends July 31.

In addition to the dinner and live auction this year, we will feature silent auction tables with feline-themed pottery, jewelry, wine, and our famous hand painted “Flat Cat” canvases. Aside from the cat art, there will also be seven dogs and one wolf! See this year’s painted cat artwork online HERE.

Participating artists this year are Melissa Barbee, Chelsea Cattos, Erin Cheney, Sarah Derosier, Jane McFadden Dorsey, Kimberley Gray, Sally Grum, Kathee Jones, Joan Kaufman, Haley Knowles, Frances Listou, Wendy M. Luck, Jenai Audrine Marsolek, Carmen Mayta, Jackie McFarland, Jill McFarland, Jamie McWhirt, Sherri Moore, Lauri Muhonen, Juliette Orr, Samantha Pascavis, Amanda S.L. Salazar, Valerie Savarie, Chris Schranck, Laura Scott, Jake Snow, Amy Spangler, Marla Stauth, and Kenton Wizard.

2023 Painted & Flat Cats Gallery Schedule

Catch the cats from June 1-August 14 at the Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 South Allison Pkwy, Lakewood.

  • Hours: Monday through Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Saturday 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Sunday closed

2023 Sneak Peek

Get a glance at this year’s painted cats in advance of the auction and gala this September. Click the button below for photos of this year’s fantastic art!

Previous Painted Cats Galleries

For more information on Tails of the Painted Cats, email [email protected] or call 303-907-6773.