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October 15, 2012



Exhibition opening: "The Countess & Her Cats" and "Illustrating Twain"The Mark Twain House and MuseumThursday, October 18, 5:30 p.m.We will be showing diorama and dollhouse art from the artist Cynthia von Buhler, author of the children's books "But Who Will Bell the Cats" and "The Cat Who Would Not Come Inside." Von Buhler combines dioramas she constructs with illustration in an imaginative way in her delightful tales. "Illustrating Twain" will feature illustrations by Mark Twain and about Mark Twain. Through January 15.The opening reception on Oct. 18 is free of charge. The exhibit may be viewed with the purchase of a Mark Twain House tour or for a $5.00 museum-only admission .and


A Halloween Tea Party with the CountessThe Mark Twain House and MuseumSaturday, October 27, 2:00 p.m.The younger set are invited to don their Halloween finery for a tea with "Countess" Cynthia von Buhler, author and illustrator of But Who Will Bell the Cats? Kids will feast on tea and sweets, tour our new exhibition The Countess & Her Cats and enjoy a spooky performance by Hartford Children’s Theatre.Tickets $15 for adults, $10 for children. Call (860) 280-3130.[image error]
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March 26, 2012


I'm not talking about science fiction. It's true. Flowers can kill your pet.

Easter is around the corner. Before you give someone an Easter Lily make sure that they don't have a cat!

Every year I try to let people know that the white Easter Lily is extremely toxic to cats. Even the orange powder which falls from the flower onto the counter or floor is toxic. A little bit licked off your pet's paw can cause renal failure and death. Flower shops will not tell you this because they could lose money.

I had no idea about this until my cat Cleopatra almost died. Most people are clueless about which plants are poisonous to their pets.

The ASPCA has a great list that can be searched by cat, dog or horse. Click HERE.[image error]
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Did you know that Mark Twain loved cats? His cats had fantastic names like Pestilence, Satan, Sin, and Famine.
Fans of Cynthia von Buhler's children's book sets and characters will be able to see her work in person once again. The exhibit at The Mark Twain House and Museum in Hartford, CT opens in October of 2012. We will post more information soon.

Above: Cynthia von Buhler has exhibited her sets at The Nassau County Museum of Art (Long Island, NY), The Staten Island Museum of Art (Staten Island, NY), The Society of Illustrator's Museum (NY, NY), The Carrozzini von Buhler Gallery (NY, NY), and Books of Wonder (NY, NY).
A drawing by Mark Twain titled "Morning Song."
A painting which hangs in Mark Twain's home.
Mark Twain's home in Hartford, CT.[image error]
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September 3, 2011

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April 3, 2011

Did you know that Mark Twain loved cats? His cats had fantastic names like Pestilence, Satan, Sin, and Famine.
Fans of Cynthia von Buhler's children's book sets and characters will be able to see her work in person once again. This time they will be on exhibit at The Mark Twain House and Museum in Hartford, CT. We will post more information soon.

Above: Cynthia von Buhler has exhibited her sets at The Nassau County Museum of Art (Long Island, NY), The Staten Island Museum of Art (Staten Island, NY), The Society of Illustrator's Museum (NY, NY), The Carrozzini von Buhler Gallery (NY, NY), and Books of Wonder (NY, NY).
A drawing by Mark Twain titled "Morning Song."
A painting which hangs in Mark Twain's home.
Mark Twain's home in Hartford, CT.[image error]
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Published on April 03, 2011 22:18 • 85 views
Fans of Cynthia von Buhler's children's book sets and characters will be able to see her work in person once again. This time they will be on exhibit at The Mark Twain House and Museum in Hartford, CT. We will post more information soon. Below is a slideshow of previous exhibits at The Nassau County Museum of Art (Long Island, NY), The Staten Island Museum of Art (Staten Island, NY), The Society of Illustrator's Museum (NY, NY), The Carrozzini von Buhler Gallery (NY, NY), and Books of Wonder (NY, NY).
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February 22, 2011


But Who Will Bell the Cats? will be presented as part of Portland Stage's Theater for Kids on April 16 at 10:30.

Once upon a time...they all lived happily ever after. Or did they? Join Theater for Kids as we explore the realm of twisted fairy tales and fractured fables. Watch our professional actors turn traditions upside down during the readings, then work on your own fairy tale reinvention during an interactive workshop!

April 2 - The Amazing Bone by William Steig
April 9 - Cinder Edna by Ellen Jackson
April 16 - But Who Will Bell the Cats? by Cynthia von Buhler
April 23 - Sheep in Wolves' Clothing by Satoshi Kitamura
April 30 - The Frog Prince Continued by Jon Scieszka

Theater workshop series starts Saturday April 2at 10:30 AM. Sign up your child for the whole series of 5 readings + workshops or choose your favorite, $60 for the series or $15 each. Click here for a registration form, email theaterforkids@portlandstage.org or call 207-774-1043 x117 with questions or to sign up.

Click here for Portland Stage's Theater for Kids website.
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December 8, 2010

Elizabeth Bird, New York public librarian and blogger extraordinaire, was a guest at my birthday party. She blogged about it on the School Library Journal website. Elizabeth Bird rides the rooftop Merry-Go-Round at my party.
From "I've Been To A Marvelous Party" by Elizabeth Bird, School Library Journal, 10/12/10:
That was Party #1. I have begun with the low-key party because I feel that if I began with Party #2 you would be disinclined to believe me about it. Here is a taste of what I am talking about:
Lemony Snicket rides the rooftop Merry-Go-Round at my party.
Do you know what you are looking at? Alas, you do not. It is a dark picture and I've found that Android phones don't quite match iPhones in terms of picture quality. Well in any case you are looking at Daniel Handler a.k.a. Lemony Snicket on the roof of a penthouse, sitting on a merry-go-round built for two (complete with animatronic monkeys and a bubble machine) as he merrily sings in the shadow of The Empire State Building. THAT is what you are looking at.

You see, I have over the years made the acquaintance of a very fine, very fascinating, very interesting young lady. She is known as Cynthia von Buhler, and you may know her best as the mad genius behind the intense picture book But Who Will Bell the Cats? which came out a year or so ago. A performance artist, artist artist, and friend of the wandering musician, Ms. von Buhler was kind enough to invite me to her recent FREAKS party. The thing is, if I tell you what went on it's best that I mention everything seen in a list. That way it's a bit more manageable.

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Published on December 08, 2010 20:02 • 71 views

November 3, 2010


I found this female cat in Connecticut. Is it yours?[image error]
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August 4, 2010

Last night my cats caught a bat. I rescued it and it flew out a window. It had a little hole in one wing, but it seemed to be flying well. This is a perfect example of life imitating art. See my display window at Books of Wonder which features cats trying to catch bats.8[image error]
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