Dropping Off the Cat & Bear at Cairo Development

Dropping Off the Cat & Bear at Cairo Development


The bear is in the car, buckled in. And the cat, is here in the back. I’m on my way right now to go see Christie Hicks and drop off the bear and the cat to her. I should also say that right now we’re in the beginning stages of the coronavirus scare, and things are really surreal right now. All activities were cancelled for this week! And now for this month! So, it’s a really strange time right now! Very weird! But, we’re moving forward in dropping off the cat and the bear. *street noises* Well, I’m here at Cairo Development’s new place. Go inside, check it out. Hey Christie! Christie: Hey, welcome! There is the cat, delivered. They have another one here. Christie: Yeah, we’ve got some fun stuff. We’ve got some over there. We’ve got Woodstock Guitars. Heather: Oh wow! They’re doing guitars in Woodstock? Christie: Oh that was last year. Karen and I went to the auction, and we bought two. One’s here, one’s over there, and we did one. So, we have reception, and the office. And then we have, the art studio! So this is our… Heather: And there’s the duck! Christie: Yeah, we’re working on two ducks, a duck and a cat that are a matched set. Heather: Hey Karen! Karen: Hi guys! Heather: Hi! Karen: This is uh, Kitty Cattails and that’s Cattails. Heather: Uh-huh! Christie: So we’re just doing actual like, I’m making cattails which we’ll clay, and put on the on the back and we’re going to put a few around the… Heather: Oh very neat! Christie: So we matched up. They’re the exchange. Coxsackie, or not Coxsackie um, Greenville. Karen: Greenville! Christie: Greenville is going to get Kitty Cattails and Catskill is going to get Cattails. Heather: Wow! Karen: But then they’ll come home for the auction. Heather: Yup. Was the duck already textured like this? Christie: Yeah, so there was a lot of texture on it. Yeah, we had, this was our design and we thought we were going to do cattails on the whole thing. But there’s so much texture that we have to work with what’s there. Heather: Yeah. Christie: So I mean, it’s great! So we’re just going to make some cattails that come down this way and just attach these up here once we get, I want to do a third one and it’ll be just a little scoopy, cattailly looking thing. Once we get them done, you know. Heather: Yeah. Christie: You’ve got to have a form before you start, and we did some little lillies, on the feet. Heather: Yeah, I see that! Chistie: So that’s it. This is our space! Heather: It’s beautiful! This is a gorgous space. Christie: Yeah, we have conference space here which is basically repository right now for bears that haven’t gone out yet, bears that have already come back I’ve got two over there clear-coated. Those are clear-coated too. And then two new ones which will go this next week. Heather: Yeah. Well, here’s… Here’s my bear. Finally home! Christie: Yes! It’s fun. Heather: Very neat. Oh wow! Catskill Game Farm! Christie: Yeah, this is um… This person likes nostalgia, so she did all of these old postcards from when the Game Farm was at its prime. Heather: Oh wow! Christie: And yeah, it’s lovely. Heather: Yes, I remember the Game Farm in its prime, petting the goats and… Christie: Yes, there was a lot of old postcards that she worked off of they had these… It’s very nice! She does a very good job of her vignettes. Karen: Tell her about when we went there… Christie: Oh yeah, Karen and I signed up for a photography class with Abandoned America. And we got to go to this old game farm and you get to go in all of the creepy old buildings but they have renovated. The giraffe house is now a bed and breakfast. Heather: Yeah, I heard that recently. That sounds really cool though that thing where you can explore abandoned buildings. Christie: Oh yeah. They have a website Abandoned America. They go to lots of different jails and odd things… Heather: Abandoned America! Christie: Abandoned America. Yup! Heather: I’ll have to check that out. Christie: It’s fun. Karen: I am madly in love with both of your designs. but A Local Lion is fantastic! Heather: Oh, thank you! Karen: Her and I were talking when you ran out to the car. We think like, that when they look like real cats something you’d see, you know somehow I think those tend to really grab people. Heather: The form is really perfect for a mountain lion because it’s like the perfect size. Karen: It is! It actually is. Heather: It’s surprising to me that no one’s done it already. Karen: You know it’s so beautiful and it hasn’t even been clear-coated. It’s gonna pop! Like crazy. Heather: Um-hmm. Karen: Magnificent! I used some metallic paints in it, some gold and silver, so it will really get a shine when the sun… Karen: Nice! We love metallics. As a mater of fact we’re going to do some green metallic… Christie: You know how the ducks are. Karen: Like a mallard. Heather: They are metallic! Christie: Yeah, yeah. They do. They get that shine in the sun. Heather: The ducks and the Japanese beetles. Christie: Oh yeah. We’ll try to replicate that on this duck if we can. We’ve got a lot of metallics! Heather: That’s great. The butterfly I’m doing for Saugerties is going to be a lot like the bear. I’m going to be using the same technique on it. Christie: Oh cool! The color underneath. Heather: Yeah. Christie: I really enjoyed watching how you did that. That was cool. *giggles* Heather: Thank you to Christie and Karen for showing off their new space and thank you for watching!

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