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It’s Cat-urday at Anvil Arts

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Article Published: Aug. 22, 2013 | Modified: Aug. 25, 2013
It’s Cat-urday at Anvil Arts

Sculptor Bill Brown poses with Floyd, Anvil Arts Studio’s ‘shop cat,’ whose 15th birthday will be celebrated Saturday, as part of the Greater Avery Tour de Art.

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It has been more than 15 years since Floyd, “the shop cat,” wandered into Bill Brown’s sculpture studio.

The 14-foot high studio door was raised up, and the artist was working on a large piece of sculpture when the dark-striped cat wandered in to take a look, and he has been around the studio ever since.
Floyd even had his moment of TV fame, when Brown was featured last year on a PBS program about regional artists. Floyd ran into the opening shot.

With a loyal following of art collectors and cat lovers often inquiring about Floyd, Brown decided it was time to throw Floyd a party. Floyd’s Big Birthday Celebration will take place at an open studio event this Saturday, Aug. 24, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The birthday celebration and open studio take place during this month’s Avery Tour De Art, which includes 13 artists’ studios and galleries in the High Country.

Brown opened his Anvil Arts Studio in Linville Falls in 1981, where he creates a wide range of sculpture, sculptural lighting and select commission work. Brown has a long list of numerous solo, group and invitation exhibitions, and his work is included in public and private collections across the country. One of his large-scale sculptures was just selected by artists Carol Mickett and Robert Stackhouse for an exhibition at Auburn University in Alabama.

Anvil Arts consists of a main studio building, outdoor power hammer building, a separate gallery that showcases completed pieces and a sculpture garden highlighting Brown’s large-scale work.

It is a busy yet inviting setting, and shop cat Floyd is the self-appointed greeter.

According to studio assistant Andrew Beach, “This confident cat seems comfortable wandering around the equipment, and when the power hammers, welders and hot steel fill the studio, he finds a quiet place to nap. He has a favorite spot to sun on the back deck of the gallery, and in the winter likes to sit on the anvil or stool and warm up by the gas forge.”

Everyone is invited to the open studio event to see sculptures in progress, walk the sculpture garden and gallery and wish the old shop cat a happy birthday. Cat nip and other refreshments will be served.

“Maybe, like Floyd, you will find yourself very happy that you wandered in,” Beach said.

Avery Tour De Art maps for other locations on the tour will be available.

The Anvil Arts Studio is located on U.S. 221 in Linville Falls, directly across from the new Linville Falls Winery. For more information, call (828) 765-6226, or visit http://www.studiosculpture.com.



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Sculptor Bill Brown poses with Floyd, Anvil Arts Studio’s ‘shop cat,’ whose 15th birthday will be celebrated Saturday, as part of the Greater Avery Tour de Art.
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Floyd’s Big Birthday Celebration will take place at an open studio event this Saturday, Aug. 24, at Anvil Arts Studio in Linville Falls.
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