About the artist
In Virginia's beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, Dawn Mickel and her husband, John
Gardini, of Black Cat Enterprises create copper animal
sculptures that truly capture nature's wild spirit. These free-standing
handmade sculptures are designed to exhibit the motion and expressions
unique to each creature, whether it is a domestic cat or mother elephant.
Each Black Cat design is made from heavy gauge sheet copper. After cutting,
sanding, assembly and soldering, the piece is soaked in acid overnight.
It is then "colored" with a blowtorch. The color is fixed with
polyurethane, so the sculptures require little or no maintenance.
Black Cat sculptures depict dozens of animals from all over the world,
including: baboons, bears, buffalos, camels, cheetahs, eagles, elephants,
flamingoes, foxes, frogs, goldfish, horses, giraffes, iguanas, llamas,
lions, rabbits, mice, moose, penguins, rhinos, squirrels, trout, wolves,
and zebras. Fantasy creatures such as unicorns and Pegasus are also available,
as are angel figures.
There is also an amazing variety of dog
breeds including: Airedale, Basset hound, Bernese Mountain Dog, Bichon
Frise, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Corgi, Great Dane, Greyhound, Jack
Russell, Labrador, Schnauzer, Poodle, Pug, Rottweiller, Sheltie, English
Springer Spaniel, Vizsla ... in fact, we now have over 100 breeds available.
Call the Gallery for details.
And for cat lovers, domestic cats are shown in all their fascinating
activities, such as running, napping, stretching, washing, hissing, investigating
and leaping. Tabbies, Siamese and Persians and domestic shorthairs are
A portion of the profits from the sale of all Black Cat copper sculptures
will be given to the Delaware Humane Association in support of their animal
rescue and adoption efforts.