Sleepy Cat Studio
Acrylic paintings, fiber art, jewelry
October hours: Wed–Mon 10–5;
Year round by appointment
Monique Cagle’s studio and home are located on a small farm in Brown County, just around the corner from where she grew up. Her childhood was spent immersed in art, books, and animals, and these things are the cornerstones of her artistic life today.
“I find inspiration everywhere,” she says. “For paintings, all I have to do is go outside. I like to go to Yellowwood Lake, to the state park and also just down the back roads.”
Monique considers herself to be self-taught, though she studied art at Indiana University. Her creative palette has a wide range: from fine art paintings in acrylic, to jewelry that incorporates semi-precious stones and hammered copper pieces, to whimsical critters made from recycled fabrics.
“Each critter has its own personality,” she explains. She names each one and has created back-stories for many of them that are as detailed as their handcrafted clothing and accessories.
Sleepy Cat Studio is housed in a converted grain bin, original to the 9-acre farm. The light-filled building, with its curving wall and soaring ceiling, is a work of art in and of itself. The project began as a far-fetched idea and over several years of fundraising, planning, and community support at last became a reality.
The round metal building that once held corn or soybeans is now home to Monique’s art and her two studio cats, Ace and Julius.