"Ghost Cat: My World," artist Michelle Friend's tribute to the majestic and misunderstood mountain lion, is currently on display at the Sonoma State University Library. The preservation-themed exhibit, composed of Friend's stunning graphite drawings, runs Oct. 21-Jan. 8.
The exhibit explores issues of habitat loss, wild pet trade, hunting and other threats to the mountain lion's existence while paying tribute to the cat's beauty and power.
The large, framed pencil drawings on white paper stand out against a dark blue wall in a popular study area on the Library's second floor. Artist statements are written from the cats' point of view, and decry the hunting and habitat destruction that has hurt the animals' population.
Pieces from the "Ghost Cat" exhibit have also been shown at museums and galleries throughout the Bay Area. "We are delighted to have the chance to show Michelle Friend's fantastic artwork," says Karen Schneider, dean of the Library at Sonoma State.
With this exhibit, the Library has opened up a new area to display art, which in the past has been primarily limited to the University Library Gallery. "We look forward offering more art exhibits like this in new areas of the library," says Schneider.
The University Library Gallery is also hosting "You're an Open Book, Charlie Brown," celebrating the Jean and Charles Schulz Information Center's 15th anniversary, through Dec. 15. Both exhibits are free, parking is $5 to $8 on campus. For details and open hours, see library.sonoma.edu.