**UPDATE (JULY 2, 2019) — Submissions open! Get your feline painted on the Oregon District cat mural for charity
Think your kitty is a work of art? Time to prove it.
As we told you, Lily’s Bistro and artist Tiffany Clark of the Mural Machine are seeking cats for a mural to be added to the side of the restaurant’s building, 329 E. Fifth St. in the Oregon District.
The submission process is now open.
Cat portraits cost $150 and can be purchased on Lily's Square page, lilys-bistro.square.site.
Tiffany Clark of the Mural Machine is creating a mural of cats on the side of Lilyâs Bistro in Daytonâs Oregon District. People who pay a fee will be able to submit pictures of their cats for realistic paintings on the west side of the restaurant. The project is a fundraiser for local groups dedicated to animal welfare. So far 40 cats are committed to the project and there is room for 85 feline portraits. LISA POWELL / STAFF
Proceeds after costs will be donated to a list of Dayton animal welfare organizations that includes Society for the Improvement of Conditions for Stray Animals SICSA.
"Every cat we put on the wall raises $40 for community welfare," Emily Mendenhall, Lily's co-owner and a cat lover herself, told this news organization.
She said there is room for 75 to 85 cats on the west-facing wall that runs the length of the restaurant.
“We are a third of the way through that,” Mendenhall said.
**FIRST REPORT (Thursday, June 28) — Your cat can be part of an Oregon District mural
Emily Mendenhall, co-owner of Lily’s Bistro, holds up a painting of her late cat and another feline. Realistic cats will be painted on a mural on Lily’s west-facing wall. People can get portraits of their cats for a fee, a portion of which will go to animal welfare groups. CORNELIUS FROLIK / STAFF
Cat owners soon will be able to turn their feline friends into art in the Oregon District while helping local groups dedicated to animal welfare.
People who pay a fee will be able to submit pictures of their cats and get realistic paintings that will be part of a mural on Lily’s Bistro’s west-facing wall, next to the parking lot.
The fees will pay for the art from Tiffany Clark, but some of the money will go to SICSA and or other animal groups.
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“Every cat we put on the wall raises $40 for community welfare,” said Emily Mendenhall, co-owner of Lily’s, which is at 329 E. Fifth St.
Mendenhall said there’s been strong interest in the planned mural, and she believes the entire wall can be covered with feline portraits.
“I’ve had at least 40 to 50 people say, ‘I’m in, I would Venmo the money today,’” she said. She believes the project can raise thousands of dollars.
On Thursday, the Dayton Landmark Commission approved a major certificate of appropriateness to allow the new mural to be painted. Commission members were complimentary of the design and project and asked, mostly in jest, if a dogs would be allowed on the mural.
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They will not be. This is just for cats.
Clark, owner of Mural Machine, said the mural will match some of the colors of the Oregon District, including another mural going in near Smokin Bar-B-Que.
In addition to the cats, the design will look like vintage wallpaper, with flowers set against a black background, said Clark, who recently completed a space mural design at 400 E. Third St., near Warped Wing Brewery.