Fri 4/5-Mon 4/15
Anyone who knows Cleveland-based concert photographer and radio personality Joe Kleon knows that he loves cats. His own cats, Geddy and Alex, have become noted social media personalities with followings of their own.
Five years ago, he decided he wanted to donate his photo services to a rescue. He hooked up with nonprofit rescue Kitten Krazy in Medina, and since then, has been making twice-monthly trips to photograph their population of felines with the goal of bringing out their maximum cuteness and adoptablity. He’s even had a friend build a mobile cat photo studio with interchangeable backdrops to make the cats really shine.
He’s also raised money for the 15-year-old shelter, which recently moved into a larger quarters, with his annual online eBay auction of some of his best concert shots, which has raised nearly $5,000 over four years. This year he’s offering donated concert photos from artists such as Paul McCartney, the Rolling Stones, Rush, Aerosmith, Metallica, Bruce Springsteen, Taylor Swift, AC/DC, Kiss, Stevie Nicks, ZZ Top, Wish You Were Here, Michael Stanley and U2, among others. And for the first time, there will also be ten iconic concert photos from the 80s, taken by fellow music photographer (and fellow cat lover) Anastasia Pantsios with whom he has done two gallery shows in the past two years.
To check out the photos and/or place a bid on one or more photos, visit kittenkrazy.org.
Kitten Krazy is a 4,000-SF multi-room, free-roaming shelter located at 930 Lafayette Road in Medina, founded by Wendy Mirrotto. In 15 years they’ve found homes for more than 5,500 cats. Fully vetted cats and kittens are available for adoption Tuesdays-Fridays @ 12-5pm and Saturdays 12-3pm. They also operate the adjoining Quick Fix Spay/Neuter/Wellness Clinic for both dogs and cats where they have fixed more than 35,000 animals in an effort to reduce homeless pet population.