"Angela and Her 36 Cats," a children's book Dan Kirchoff wrote and illustrated for his niece, is featured in the November exhibit in the Kramer Gallery of Belfast Free Library, 106 High St.

Eight pen-and-ink illustrated plates are full-size and framed, with the text of the story mounted on the wall next to them so library patrons can read the story as they view the show. In addition, Kirchoff is showing four portraits done in acrylic on paper.

The whole thing started a few years ago. Kirchoff’s 9-year-old niece Angela told a girlfriend’s mother, “If I had 36 cats, that would be equal to a man,” a quip promptly relayed throughout the family. So when Kirchoff wrote a story about Angela and all those cats, she asked, “Okay Uncle Dan, now where are the drawings?” The result is the exhibit, “Angela and Her 36 Cats.”

Kirchoff has been working in the graphic design/illustration business for more than 30 years, after earning a bachelor of fine arts degree from Auburn University. Currently, he works at The Free Press in Rockland doing editorial layout and managing the newspaper’s website. He also creates pen-and-ink illustrations of the Midcoast area that show up in the newspaper pages.

Kirchoff also works in acrylic and recently showed a series of paintings of local produce in the Belfast Co-Op Café, as well as at Betts Gallery/The Belfast Framer. He lives in Belfast with his wife Jennifer and a whole bunch of cats.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.