... with my right hand I pet the cat and with my left hand I paint.

Cathy Hozack

Recently we visited Cathy Hozack’s studio and learned how one of her five cats – Pouffy Orange Kitty – often ends up in her paintings.

When I’m doing my watercolor studies, I’m either in the backyard or nearby and it’s Pouffy Orange Kitty who comes over and checks on me, wanders around and almost steps on the painting but then when he’s comfortable, and sits down – usually on my right because I’m left handed – I just continue working and I pat the kitty sometimes, take pictures of him next to the painting.

Sometimes if he poses in the middle of the lawn, I add a touch of orange in there, just pale orange, cause he’ll roll around and look silly try to distract me so I’ll just add a little of him in.

(holds up a watercolor study)

I was thinking of this .... See these are the archways on our fernery? And Pouffy Orange Cat in the front – he adds a hint of color. He looks nice with the bright green grass. It’s the complement. That’s why he stands out so much!  And he also makes noise. He yowls if I’m not paying attention.

So with my right hand I pet the cat and with my left hand I paint. I guess in that way I have good coordination.

But kitty cats are not allowed to stand on my paintings. They have attempted that.  But if there’s a little cat fur around, I clean everything up.

At this point I think I might repaint the floor white to start afresh. And the cats are very fond of that because then they can walk through and ... I use paint that after the paint is dry, then they’re allowed to walk through.

And kitty cats are a lot like me, let me see – they like to be neat, they don’t like any messes, they know to avoid wet paint, and they don’t roll around in mud or anything like that. So when I’m cleaning things up they stay out of my way – which is a good idea. For everybody!

Regular Sunday Schedule

8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist
9:15 a.m. worship.together (Eucharist for preschool families)
9:15 a.m. Parish Forum & Christian Education (Kairos)
10:30 a.m. Choral Eucharist

Other Days

Morning prayer is offered at 7:30 a.m. weekdays, in the Mary Chapel.

Silent morning meditation is offered at 8:15 a.m. weekdays, in the Mary Chapel.

Mid-week Eucharist is offered at 12:15 p.m. Wednesdays, in the Mary Chapel.

Compline is offered at 7:00 p.m. on 2nd & 4th Wednesdays, in the Church.

Choral Evensong is offered at 5:00 p.m. on 1st Sundays, Oct.-June, in the Church.

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This Episcopal church is located in the heart of the historic neighborhood of Chestnut Hill, five blocks west of Germantown Avenue at the corner of St. Martin’s Lane and West Willow Grove Avenue.

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