Sam "Mark Twain" Clemens had cats. Not the lolz kind, real ones. At least three of them, with names like "Satan," "Pestilence" and "Famine." (Pretty much sums up how many of us feel about cats too.) Earlier this month, the Mark Twain house opened The Countess and Her Cats, a new exhibit of works by artist and children's books illustrator Cynthia von Buhler (that's her work above), who also creates elaborate 3-D dioramas and models. Because her work appeals to the youngest among us, the Twain house will host two events for children: a Halloween Tea Party with the Countess (Oct. 27 at 2 p.m.), which is a pre-Halloween dress-up bash featuring tea with the artist, and a mid-December diorama workshop with Buhler, which happens just in time to make gifts for grandma and grandpa. (Hope they dig cats.) The Countess & Her Cats runs until Jan. 15.
Cynthia von Buhler: The Countess & Her Cats
ends Jan. 15, Mark Twain House & Museum, 351 Farmington Ave., Hartford, (860) 247-0998, marktwainhouse.org.