Work of Catherine Bast now on exhibit at The Mudpuppy Gallery

 

Catherine Bast stands with some of her work that is currently on exhibit at the Mudpuppy Gallery. Bast’s exhibit “Colour and Light” runs in  conjunction with the “Recycle Retro” and lasts through March 30

Catherine Bast stands with some of her work that is currently on exhibit at the Mudpuppy Gallery. Bast’s exhibit “Colour and Light” runs in
conjunction with the “Recycle Retro” and lasts through March 30

By Ron Giofu

 

Area painter Catherine Bast is this month’s featured artist at The Mudpuppy Gallery with her “Colour and Light” exhibit on display through March 30.

“It’s a collection of watercolours, oils and acrylics,” explained Bast. “They are mainly floral paintings.”

Much of her recent work is done in oil, she added, as she did her work in watercolours before that. While she has painted portraits and pets, landscapes and floral designs are a passion for her. She has exhibited in the Toronto area for years before she and her husband moved to Belle River roughly eight years ago.

Bast, who is originally from Kitchener, has also lived in Halifax and Beverly Hills, California.

“I have painted ever since I can remember in one medium or another,” she said.

Bast noted that she was self-taught while in her teens with her first formal training experience being a workshop instructed by Alan Wylie, formerly of Halifax, now residing in Fort Langley, BC. She said it was an encounter, which instilled in her a sense of confidence that she could one day become an accomplished artist.

Bast attended Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo with her primary focus being in art. Bast said she studied and worked under the mentorship of now deceased, Michal Manson. She added she has taken “many workshops from a wide variety of teachers and instructors and in many different media including charcoal, pastel, watercolours, acrylic and oils.”

While living in Toronto, Bast belonged to the Studio Group of Painters and was instructed by Mary Theresa Carmichael. She is also a member of the Oil Painters of America and has been part of juried shows in Michigan.

Presently she is working in oils using the process of under-painting and transparent glazing. She stated that her goal “is to not only capture the work accurately, but to portray the deep jewel like glow and luminous colour of light.”

While she has work on display at Nancy Johns Gallery and Framing in Windsor and Foxgloves Interiors in Harrow, the current “Colour and Light” exhibit is the first one she has done at the Mudpuppy Gallery.

“When this opportunity came at the Mudpuppy Gallery, I said ‘that sounds like fun’ and it is,” she said.

Bast noted there are 22 of her works now at the Mudpuppy Gallery, ranging in sizes and prices with the price range going from $105 to $2,900.

The Mudpuppy Gallery is also featuring its “Recycle Retro” show this month. Like Bast’s exhibit, it also runs through March 30 with the theme being local artists recycling other materials into pieces of art.

The Mudpuppy Gallery is located at 264 Dalhousie St. in Amherstburg.

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