By Sweet Georgia Hubbard: Muse and Gallery Cat
My name is Georgia, and I am not your average feline. I am very proud to say that I’m a gallery cat and muse to my human, the artist Ann Hubbard of Color Scapes Gallery in downtown Smithfield. I’ve lived with Ann and her husband, Caroll since last year when I adopted them. Since then, I’ve been kept very busy at Ann’s studio and gallery.
It is my job to greet visitors and keep Rudolph, the resident dog, in line. I hate to be catty, but he can be a bit over-the-top. I also try to lead visitors to just the right piece of art I know will suit them purr-fectly. Can I help it if most of the time I suggest a portrait of me? What better subject matter is there, really?
Let me tell you a little about my artist. Ann opened her fine art gallery in November of 2005. Wow, that’s ten years ago – or 60 in cat years! Which means that they are going to be celebrating their 10th year anniversary this year in November. I’m sure they have a paws-itively great party planned.
Now back in the old days – 1991 – Ann and two other artists began the Isle of Wight Arts League and the Collage Gallery in a beautiful Victorian on Main Street in Smithfield, just across the street from where we live today. The two other artists left in a short time, and my artist found herself running the Arts League with the help of a volunteer board of directors.
After nine years, Ann decided to “retire” to work full-time on her own art career. That’s when she moved across the street to 343 Main Street.
Ann and her husband Caroll restored the third floor of the 1898 Victorian so that it could become Anne’s art studio. They also built a garden house in the back for her clay studio. Soon enough Color Scapes Gallery was open for business. I arrived in 2014, adding a touch of elegance and playfulness to the place.
You see Ann displays her original art in the front parlor, and along the downstairs and upstairs hallways of this beautiful place. So there is nothing I like better than to quietly follow an unsuspecting visitor around, then take a swipe at their ankles from under a chair as they go by. They seem to understand it’s all in good fun, once they get over the initial surprise.
Ann works in watercolor, oil, and acrylics, creating paintings and a variety of sculptural work. Her art features vivid colors and varying subjects. Ann says, “I find welcoming local and out-of-town visitors to the gallery delightful and interesting! Customers who purchase a painting, clay piece, or paper-mâché creation seem pleased to own an original piece of art. Their purchase makes me happy they want to display my work in their homes.”
This may be Ann’s gallery, but I am the first to greet our visitors, keeping watch at the front door, watching the world go by, and welcoming those who stop in. By the way, I really enjoy getting my photo taken. I realize that’s a bit unusual for a cat, but when you come by Color Scapes and see me in person, you will understand. I just happen to be very photogenic. In fact, one lady visited us from Pennsylvania and when she returned home, she called Ann to ask where she could get a kitty just like me!
So Ann, Caroll, Rudolph and I extend an invitation to you to stop by and visit the Color Scapes Gallery any time. Bring your family and friends. The art is lively and beautiful – just like me!
Color Scapes Fine Arts Gallery
343 Main Street, Smithfield, Virginia, 757.357.5874
Monday through Thursday: 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday: 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Sunday: 12:30 – 5:00 p.m.