The 4Cats mission is to love what you do and make good art. Through our studio experiences, professional art supplies, artwear, events, blog, website & online shop, we wholeheartedly encourage everybody to enjoy a creative life. Art is for everybody.
4Cats is a hive of creativity. Joey & Darryl Simon were inspired by the famous Els Quatre Gats cafe in Barcelona, Spain. The 4Cats Cafe was the gathering place of poets, actors, philosophers and great artists, including Pablo Picasso, who met to discuss art, create and enjoy life.
How 4Cats began
On September 18th, 1998, Jet Simon was born to Joey and Darryl Simon at only twenty-six weeks in Victoria, B.C. Canada. Due to his prematurity, doctors explained that Jet had a risk of developing learning difficulties later in life. To prepare for this possibility, Joey decided to study the principles of teaching methods that encourage a love of learning.
As artists, Joey and Jet’s father, Darryl, shared their love of art with Jet. When Jet became a toddler, Joey and Jet went to the library, read art books and started painting. Jet was especially interested in the life stories of the artists. Four year old Jet’s paintings and art stories were impressive. Other parents asked Joey if she would consider offering art workshops. 4Cats was born!
The first 4Cats opened in Victoria, British Columbia in 2005.