Community Room Gallery


Exhibition Opening

Thursday, March 12 at 7 p.m. 

Elvis the Cat Loves You

Mill Avenue in Tempe was a nationally known center for live music in the 1980s and 1990s. The visual art of this thriving scene was provided by Frankie Martinez, better known by his pseudonym: Elvis the Cat Del Monte. Elvis the Cat was a regular at live music performances, and frequently got on stage with local bands to sing shaky, off-key covers of Elvis Presley songs. As an artist he was as prolific as he was eccentric, making hundreds of cut-and-paste collages that brought together images of himself, Elvis Presley, cats, cars, Elvira and Jesus with Tempe musicians and venues. Elvis the Cat became a beloved figure in the Tempe music scene. He passed away on Oct. 8, 1998. A surprising amount of his art still exists today, saved by music fans as souvenirs from Mill Avenue’s glory days. We hope this exhibit brings back fond memories of a unique, weird and cherished time in Tempe’s not-too-distant past. Reception hosted by the Tempe Historical Society. The exhibition is part of the museum's Tempe Sound celebration. It runs through May 31, 2015. 


Elvis cat