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Historic Greensburg Art Center joins Cat’s Meow collection

by MARILYN FORBES
| Thursday, November 27, 2014 6:35 p.m.
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Marilyn Forbes | For Trib Total Media
Greensburg Art Center member Cheryl Kirsch holds one of the new Cat’s Meow keepsakes offered at the Rowe Gallery of the Hempfield center on Todd School Road.

The Greensburg Art Center is now represented by an official Cat’s Meow collectible.

Members decided to have the historic building turned into one of the wooden replicas that have been popular for years.

“Cat’s Meows are recognized collectibles and we thought it would be nice to look into having one made of the art center building,” said Cheryl Kirsch, Rowe Gallery committee member. “We started to talk about it a few months ago and then looked into what we needed to do.”

The building was built as a two-room elementary school, the Todd Elementary School, that was operated as part of the Hempfield School District.

The Greensburg Art Center members purchased the building in 1955 and have called it their home on Todd School Road ever since.

“There are a lot of grandparents in the area who went to school here and we thought that they would be ones who might like one of the Cat’s Meows and we also thought that other people from the area, guests, as well as visitors to the gallery would like them,” Kirsch said. “We thought that it would be a nice keepsake for just about anyone.”

Kirsch took a series of photos and sent them to Cat’s Meow creator Faline Jones of Wooster, Ohio, who has been creating the wooden replica keepsakes since 1982.

Jones must approve all submissions and the final design of each keepsake before adding Casper, the little black cat that can be found on each and every authentic Cat’s Meow piece.

“The attention to detail is amazing,” Kirsch said. “I was really impressed when I saw the final replica.”

The Greensburg Art Center Cat’s Meow is now available at the gallery and will be offered as an ongoing fundraiser for the group.

“I thought that they turned out really nice,” Greensburg Art Center President Renie Pollock said. “It really captured the essence of the center.”

Each collectible measures a little more than 3 inches by 6 inches.

The front shows the center and Casper while the back offers a brief history of the building itself.

“What is nice about a Cat’s Meow is that they are small, easy to display and some people really have a passion for collecting them,” Kirsch said. “Everyone that has seen ours absolutely loves it.”

Each keepsake costs $16 plus tax. An additional $5 will be added for those that are shipped anywhere in the continental United States.

For additional information, call the gallery at 724-837-6791

Marilyn Forbes is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media.

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