A few years ago Dan Kirchoff’s niece, Angela, told a girlfriend’s mom, “If I had 36 cats, that would be equal to a man.” This was promptly relayed to Angela’s mom and then to the rest of the family in quick order. Kirchoff decided to write a story about Angela and all those cats and sent it around only to be challenged by Angela who asked, “Where are the drawings?” And so, what you see in this month’s exhibit is the result of that request — the story of “Angela and Her 36 Cats,” typeset and illustrated here for all to see. The exhibit will be up at the Liberty Library for the month of October, and then will move to the Belfast Free Library for November. Kirchoff plans to self-publish the book at some point. Also included in the exhibit are some other recent pieces done in acrylic by Kirchoff — and perhaps a pen-and-ink or two.
Dan Kirchoff has been working in the graphic design/illustration business for over 30 years after earning a BFA from Auburn University (1983). Currently he works at The Free Press in Rockland (Maine) where he also inserts small, pen-and-ink illustrations of the midcoast area into the paper. Kirchoff lives in Belfast with his wife Jennifer and a whole buncha cats.