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WILD THINGS: A Halloween Costume Ball and Silent Art Auction

Raising Funds and Awareness About Stray and Abandoned Animals in New York City

Artist, author, and New York City gallery owner Cynthia von Buhler and City Critters, Inc., a cat rescue and adoption organization located and operating in the borough of Manhattan, are holding a Halloween Costume Ball and Silent Art Auction on October 27th, from 8PM – 1AM, to raise funds and awareness about stray and abandoned animals.

On exhibit during the Ball will be non-traditional, animal-related painting, photography, and sculpture to be sold in a silent auction that night. Proceeds will be donated to City Critters, a New York City animal rescue agency that helps wild things out on the streets of the city. Guests are asked to attend dressed as animals.

The art is not your typical animal art fare. Paintings by Krissy Weinstein feature a baby Llama being born, a dog sniffing another dog’s backside, and a cat cleaning her private parts. A fresco by Cynthia von Buhler features a nude woman with 4 breasts squirting milk into the mouths of jumping cats (one cat has a human head). Mary Kenny makes plaster and wood sculptures of animal heads in wall mounted, taxidermy-like positions but the difference here is that she also offers us the head of the hunter mounted on a plaque.

Other artists with work in the auction are: Christina Carrozza D'Alessandro, Kathleen Bitetti, Noah Breuer, Amy Cohen Banker, Bina Altera, Diane Matyas, Katherine McDowell, Kathy Osborn, Paul Weiner, Scott Cahaly, and many more.

View The Art Now! Online silent art auction gallery in progress:

The City Critters mission is to work within the community to reduce the suffering and death of companion animals in New York City by rescuing and finding homes for hundreds of stray and abandoned cats and kittens, and also for a small number of dogs each year. The group promotes spay and neuter programs, educates the public on local animal issues, and offers advice and assistance to individuals trying to help homeless cats.

City Critters is a member of the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals, and accepts cats from the municipal shelter system to help lower the numbers euthanized each year. In 2006, City Critters took in and placed more than 200 cats and dogs from the city shelter system in addition to more than 300 rescued off the streets. The organization has no paid staff; its work is done by about 50 hard-working, skilled volunteers, each of whom dedicates many hours each week to rescuing, caring for, and adopting out animals through a storefront in midtown Manhattan. The group works with about a dozen participating veterinarians who offer discounted prices to City Critters for routine and emergency veterinary care. The cost of providing good vet care, food, litter and other supplies to hundreds of cats each year is very high.


The Carrozzini von Buhler Gallery
407 West 13th Street
New York, NY 10014

Free admission
R.S.V.P. required to

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