Evie's Ark, All Things Animal
One feisty redhead, her two adorable cats, and a whole lot of painting and sewing!
Welcome to Evie's Ark, All Things Animal! Since 2001.

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

January's Second Saturday art show

Aves: A Celebration of Birds in Art
Benefiting Born Free USA united with Animal Protection Institute

Saturday, January 10, 2009 from 6-10pm
Body Tribe @ 920 21st Street (between I & J)

A Sacramento Second Saturday Art Walk group art show to raise awareness through art of the plight of birds in captivity and in the wild.

Artists include Alison Murphy, Ben Poulson, Caia Koopman, Char Hall, Carol Rogala, Cheryl Root, Craig Martinez, Cy Wylie, Evie Turner, Krissy Sandvik, Laurelin Gilmore, Mark Fox, Melodee Strong, Nicole Fox, Olivia E. M. Hansen, Steve Offerman, Sue Dedina, and Tj Lev.

Here's one of my several art pieces that will be available.

"Always Hope." Acrylic on canvas.

A portion of the art sales will benefit Born Free USA united with Animal Protection Institute.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Love at first sight!

This salute for Happy Tails Pet Sanctuary was created from the footage that was originally shot in October 2006 for a KVIE Arts Alive program. At :10, you'll see where we captured on film the exact moment I met Zoey and fell in love with her!

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Do not open 'til Christmas!

Okay, it's safe to peek now!

So this Christmas, I decided to make art for Mom and Dad. Because nothing says, "I love you" like something created from the heart!

Here is the mess that I started with - a pile of assorted batik fabrics. Yes, that's Zoey's butt in the picture. She's trying to figure out the best way to nap in the stack of fabrics!

After sorting the fabrics by color, I jumped right into my quilted wall hangings. Dad has always been an avid fisherman, so naturally I decided to create a fish piece for him. And I was excited about the opportunity to create "water" with my blue and purple batiks!

I used double-sided fusible to secure the trout and to create the yellow "picture frame." I then sewed everything down with a variegated thread. I love how the variegated thread adds so much more color to the fabrics!

I squealed when I found this fabric. I used it as the backing for my quilted wall hanging. Doesn't it look like bubbles in the water?

I then added some beading detail to the water and the trout's eye.

Here's the final piece which took two days to create. I call it "Golden Trout" and it measures a hefty 14" x 18".

For my birthday in November, my Mom gave me an art quilt workbook, so I wanted to try out some of those techniques for the piece that I created for her. I wanted something less traditional and more artsy. Ultimately, I created a piece that used Asian fabrics and imagery so as to inspire hope, peace, and serenity.

I call this "At Peace." It measures 16" x 14". I again used double-sided fusible to secure a variety of fabrics. The dragonflies have beaded eyes and their "trails" were created by free-hand motion sewing with variegated threads.

I love the three Asian women set on a backdrop of flying cranes.

Here is the stitching and beading detail on the water lily.

The back of this quilted wall hanging features Asian fans and flowers. And of course, my artist tag!

Merry Christmas, Mom and Dad! Love you both!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Another satisfied customer!

Over the weekend, I attended the 8th annual holiday tea party hosted by Lori Ann and Steve. I look forward to this get-together every year - not only for the chance to visit with long time friends who I haven't seen all year, but to be in the inspirational environment of a room full of theatre actors! A fun time is always had by everyone who attends.

So I brought a little treat (Evie's Ark style!) for Lori Ann and Steve's kitties, Patrick and Pearl. While the kitties did not make an appearance at the tea party, Lori Ann was sure to snap a photo of Pearl enjoying her new organic catnip toy. I wonder if she'll share it with her brother Patrick!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Hey baby, what's your sign?

Evie's Ark has a new line of organic catnip toys - for the kitty who is into astrology!

These cat toys measure 4 inches by 4 inches. They feature your kitty's zodiac sign on the front and purple stars on the back. Each cat toy contains a generous helping of organic catnip!

Don't know your kitty's sign? Have no fear! We've also created a line of cat toys featuring the sun and moon.

Zoey is a Scorpio just like her Mom. Here's our horoscope for today, Sunday, December 21:

It is not a good day to go out shopping for musical instruments, or other creative tools and implements. You want to expand your creative skills, but could end up spending too much money on craft supplies, or other creative instruments.

Perhaps we should take a break from sewing more cat toys today...NO WAY!!!

These Evie's Ark, All Things Animal organic catnip toys are now available for purchase at Side Show Studios located at 5635 Freeport Blvd in Sacramento. Customs orders are also always welcome. Just message us at
eviesark@gmail.com to tell us what your sign is!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Could this cat be any more famous?

Cathryn, the Special Events Coordinator at Happy Tails Pet Sanctuary, emailed the final design for the official Happy Tails holiday card. And it features Zoey during her recent visit with Santa!

On the front of the card, Zoey is snuggled in Santa's arms and looks very festive in her own Santa kitty hat!


The back of the holiday card tells Zoey's story and her successful road to recovery after being such a sickly cat.


The inside of the card will contain a Happy Tails holiday message. I can't wait to receive my very own personal card in the mail!

Monday, December 15, 2008

Satisfied kitty customers!

Cy and Char, the owners of Side Show Studios Custom Tattoo and Fine Art Gallery, share photos of their kitties playing with Evie's Ark, All Things Animal organic catnip toys.

Chew's kitty tongue says it all: Catnip is yummy!

Gomer hides his face in shame. His catnip habit is out of control...

Further proof as he hogs the catnip toys from the other cats in the house!

Friday, December 12, 2008

Start your holiday shopping with Evie's Ark!

Evie's Ark, All Things Animal pet products are now available for purchase at Side Show Studios located at 5635 Freeport Blvd in Sacramento. Customs orders are also always welcome. Just message us at eviesark@gmail.com.

Evie's Ark display at Side Show Studios.

Zoey says that this cat has nothing on her!

Organic catnip toys and fabric holiday gift bags.

Completely washable dog pillows and reversible bandannas.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Evie's Ark cat products line announced!

Not to be outdone by the dog products line, Evie's Ark, All Things Animal is also thrilled to announce that our CAT PRODUCTS are now carried at Side Show Studios! And Zoey wouldn't have it any other way!

All of our cat toys are made with organic catnip so as to ensure the satisfaction and happiness of even the pickiest kitties! Our pink leopard print catnip hearts measure a generous 5 inches across.

Tested and approved by Zoey.

The patriotic catnip hearts are double sided - heart flags on one side and red hearts on the reverse. The perfect gift for your feline!

The "naughty knottie" catnip toys are a treat for your feline - even when they aren't always on their best behavior! Each knot has organic catnip sewn into the toy so that Fluffy can be free to toss it into the air.

The catnip pillows measure approximately 5 inches by 4 inches. Made of the softest fleece, these toys have fleece tassels sewn in for even more entertainment for your cat!

I was finally able to get Zoey to calm down and pose nicely with hers!

The above Evie's Ark CAT PRODUCTS are available at Side Show Studios located at 5635 Freeport Blvd in Sacramento. Customs orders are also always welcome. Just message us at eviesark@gmail.com.

All Evie's Ark cat toys are individual made with organic catnip.

Evie's Ark dog products line announced!

Evie's Ark, All Things Animal is thrilled to announce that our DOG PRODUCTS are now carried at Side Show Studios!

Our dog pillows are completely washable! So when Fido slobbers all over it, just throw it in the washer and dryer. It will fluff up to brand spanking new in no time!

Our plush dog bones are the perfect toy to keep your little one occupied! They measure 10 inches in size and are currently available in two fabric color choices. Please note that they are not intended for aggressive chewers.

Our double-sided bandannas are reversible for the pooch with the flair for fashion! The bandannas measure 26 inches around and are fastened with Velcro for easy breakaway.

The above Evie's Ark DOG PRODUCTS are available at Side Show Studios located at 5635 Freeport Blvd in Sacramento. Customs orders are also always welcome. Just message us at eviesark@gmail.com.

Scary-Art kids Krissi, Temple, and Nik approve of Evie's Ark, All Things Animal!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Second Saturday artists

Stop by Side Show on December 13 to pick up some amazing pieces of art at deeply discounted prices! And - Evie's Ark, All Things Animal will have a ton of new pet products on hand for you to put under the Christmas tree for Fido and Fluffy. And yes, that's my little Zoey at the bottom of the flyer!

Also, drop by Body Tribe for even more art and artists!

Side Show Studios Christmas Sale

Monday, December 8, 2008

December art shows - On the cheap!

What's better than another chia pet under this year's Christmas tree? One-of-a-kind art created by local Sacramento artists! Several of us from the Scary-Art Collective will have art available for purchase at the December Art Walk - and most of it for under $100!!

I'll start the night off Side Show and then will head on over to Body Tribe. So stop by for a visit, lots of holiday cheer, and tons of art on the cheap!

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Holiday Madness Art Show
Side Show Studios Tattoo & Gallery
5635 Freeport Blvd (near Fruitridge)


Holiday Bonanza Art Show
Body Tribe
J Street at 21st in Midtown

Here are a few of my pieces that I will have available for purchase:

"Catch and Release" - acrylic

"Always Hope" - acrylic

"Bewitched" - acrylic

"Superstitious Snail" - acrylic and charcoal

"In A Tizzy Kitty" - acrylic, charcoal, and pen

"Fed Up Fish" - acrylic and charcoal

"A Woman Scorned" - watercolor and mixed media

"The Sun Rises For You" - watercolor

"Edisto River Lightning Bugs" - watercolor

"Iris" - fabric with beading

"Calla Lily" - fabric with beading

"Petunia" - fabric with beading

"I Like Eggs" - acrylic

"Him to Her: A Conversation" - acrylic

"A Day in the Life of Tsarina" - acrylic