One of Trinidad’s living treasures is artist Sheigla Hartman. She has enjoyed a long and fruitful career, a career that has taken her all over the world. Born in Denver, Hartman began her serious studies when, in 1964, she received a scholarship to the University of Copenhagen. She earned her degree from Doane College in 1965, followed by post-graduate work at Atelier 17 in Paris with Stanley William Hayter.

Hartman’s subsequent career as an artist has involved much travel throughout the world, further studies and research into print-making processes, and, most of all, in creating her wonderful drawings, paintings, sculpture and prints. Many of her works are included in important collections in Europe and the United States, including: the New York Public Library, the British Museum of London, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Madrid, the Sheldon Memorial Museum of Nebraska, and the Museum of Modern Art, Ville de Paris.

The drawings in this exhibit are recent works—quick sketches from life of some of her favorite subjects: cats. A few brief strokes, sometimes long and all-inclusive, sometimes short staccatos, and the cat emerges from the paper. An amazing example of the former is “Mimi,” a complete cat in two lines.

The exhibit will last until mid-October, and a closing reception is planned for 5:30 p.m. on Friday, October 18 at the Carnegie Library. Everyone is invited for some light snacks and a chance to talk with Sheigla.


Artists have taken advantage of the common house cat from ancient Egypt to the present. About 1900 BC, a long-forgotten Egyptian artist created a life-like, blue figurine of a cat. Cats have been a favorite subject of Japanese and Chinese artists for many centuries. Western art is littered with cats (no pun intended), including paintings by Renoir, Picasso and Chagall. It’s no wonder, considering their fluid beauty, enigmatic personalities and outrageous antics.

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