aaduna visual arts editor, Lisa Brennan won the Grand Prize in the 2013 Cat Photo Contest sponsored by the Auburn Public Theater (APT) in Auburn, NY.  With 120 entries, Lisa captured the elegance, simplicity and grandeur of Cleopatra enjoying nature at home.  Cleo is one of two Sphynx cats (her brother, Cairo is the other one) who resides in the Brennan/Berry household.     

Lisa Brennan, aaduna Visual Arts Editor
As Grand Prize winner, Lisa received two tickets to see "CATS,"Andrew Lloyd Webber's long-running Broadway masterpiece, based on T.S. Eliot's "Old Possum Book of Practical Cats," which will play at the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse between August 21- September 11.  She also received cat toys, catnip, notecards that show the winning entries, and cat stickers.  The Notecards and a calendar featuring winning photos are available for sale since APT is raising funds to "bring back the Internet Cat Video Film Fest [Round Two]" and help support The CNY Cat Coalition & The Finger Lakes SPCA of CNY. 

Grand Prize Winning Entry, "Cleopatra and the Daffodils"
Cleopatra was born along with her brother on January 15, 2008.  They spent the first 6 months of life in Georgia with their breeder.  In June, sister and brother flew from Atlanta, GA to Newark, NJ and then due to a wicked storm, had to spend a night in a kennel.  Then on Father's Day, the siblings flew to Columbus, Ohio; had a lay over, and eventually caught a connecting flight to Syracuse, NY where they were retrieved by Bill and Lisa and transported to their new and permanent home.  On the drive from Syracuse Airport to Auburn, Cleo immediately bonded with Lisa and still finds joy in her snuggle time on the couch at night with, guess who? 

Check out the cat photo contest winning entries:

Cleopatra enjoying the goodies

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  1. Yay Lisa! The essence of your creativity is compassion. The way you feel about bringing light and love to art is amazing. Thank you for treating me like family and allowing me to be at ease in your home. Cleo and Cairo are beautiful and it was a treat to watch them snuggle with you and Bill. I definitely plan to order a calendar. Peace. CCFulton

  2. Thank YOU Cyd - you ARE family! <3 ~Lisa


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