For the Love of Cats!
Metropolitan Veterinary Hospital is an adoption site for foster cats for the Humane Society of Tacoma and Pierce County. Stop by our hospital during business hours to meet our foster cats. To complete an adoption after meeting your match, bring your adoption application to The Humane Society of Tacoma and Pierce County and pay your adoption fee and obtain your new cat’s paperwork, then return to us at Met Vet.
At Met Vet, we love to support our community and we enjoy featuring the artwork of local artists in our facility and invite you to stop in to peruse the quarterly rotating collection. We have a spacious lobby/waiting room and 3 exam rooms, all of which are equipped with a hanging rail display system. Depending on the size of your work, roughly 6-20 pieces can be displayed. If you are interested in showing your work at our clinic, please let us know! You can e-mail [email protected] for more information.
Masha Fikhman, Artist | October through December 2019
Masha Fikhman is a Tacoma based artist originally from Pittsburgh, PA. She takes inspiration from nature, animals, music (like ABBA and Beach House), and interplanetary hamsters. While primarily a painter, she also enjoys experimenting with different art materials such as clay, resin, and fiber arts. The cat lady series came from an idea of hairstyles as cats or cats as hairstyles. The biggest challenge with this series was figuring out a way to position each cat in a way that still made sense as a hairstyle. My goal is to show women and their cats as a strong willed pair to be reckoned with. Besides art making, Masha also enjoys collecting plants, dancing, disco balls, naps, and laughing at her own jokes.
Kristen Hernandez | July through September 2020
Shannon MacFarlane, Slobbered Lens | Photographer/Illustrator | January through March 2020
Shannon is a self-taught artist and photographer who leans into mistakes so much that she sometimes falls over sideways. These pop art portraits are the result of one of those mistakes – she was looking to find a way to salvage photographs that were technically flawed and yet had compelling emotion. After playing with a lot of images, she landed on this pop art style that simplifies the details in the original photograph and leaves more space for story and a new way of seeing someone.
The pieces in this collection are part of the Pop Star project; these animals were selected for the lessons they quietly demonstrate to their people about how to live their best lives. Each of these portraits is represented on a greeting card, along with the animal’s story, as part of a fundraiser for Shannon’s six-year-old son and his soon-to-be service dog partner.
Collette Mason, Watercolorist | April through June 2020
CMarie Northwest is a collection of work by Collette Mason. Collette’s artistic focus is watercolor. Her favorite subjects to paint are landscapes and animals. Her goal for each painting is to capture the mood or personality of the subject through a limited palette and use of light. Collette loves working with watercolors because they challenge her to loosen up and trust that the paint will react as expected. On days when she’s not using watercolors Collette works with acrylics, spray paint, colored pencil or ink to create abstract, pop-culture, or illustration pieces.
Living in the Pacific Northwest has provided Collette with a beautiful environment to draw inspiration from daily. It’s not uncommon for Collette to stop mid-sentence on a walk, take a picture and say, “Oh! That’s pretty!” or, “Look how the light plays off the branches over there!”. Fortunately, her family is very patient and understanding!
As a self-taught artist, Collette has drawn from these photos and her studies to develop her own approach for capturing the mood and character of the things that inspire her most. Her hope, when presenting her work, is that the viewer also sees the beauty that caught Collette’s attention and can feel the mood or personality of the subject through each piece.