By Michelle Bigelbach
The Courier 

Working Artist Reitler Represents the Region

 

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Cat Reitler participates in an arts education fundraiser in Miles City on May 20.

Cat Reitler (formerly Sugg) is a talented local artist who creates unique pieces here in Glasgow and throughout the state. Her original prints are available for purchase through Amazon, which allows her work to be shipped to other parts of the country as well. She recently created a piece for the Montana Warriors on the Water auction coming up on Saturday, July 15. The painting features a bull elk over the Missouri Breaks.

After her formal arts schooling, Reitler owned and operated the Goodkind Gallery in Glasgow, where she held various art workshops for residents. While keeping busy with these workshops, Reitler continued to do art part-time, supplementing with additional income to sustain a livable lifestyle for her and her family.

In July 2016, Reitler decided to take the plunge, and, with the support of family, set aside the side jobs and part time work to focus entirely on her art. During the previous 10 years, Reitler says she couldn't keep up with the amount of commission orders that were coming in the door. "The community has been amazing," said Reitler. "I'm able to do what I'm doing because the community has been so appreciative of my work."


This past weekend, May 18-21, Reitler participated in the "Quickdraw" event at the Waterworks Museum in Miles City during the Bucking Horse Sale. The artists who participated had a half hour to complete a piece of work for live auction. The event raises money for arts education.

Reitler was also recently juried into the Western Heritage Art Association (WHAA) show for Western Week in Great Falls. She has also been juried into the "Heart of the West" western contemporary group, where she will show works of art during the West Art Show and Live Auction in Bozeman this coming August.

Through commissioned work, her bread and butter, Reitler has created pieces using personal items, such as a quilt from the 1800s, a wife's wedding veil, a husband's favorite book cover and a baby's onesie.

"People come to me with very personal items and have the completed pieces as heirlooms for generations," said Reitler. "It's a very humbling and satisfying experience."

For more information about Reitler's work, you can contact her at 406-671-0659. She is currently taking commissions for the fall and the holiday seasons. You can also check her out at cathrynreitler.com.

 

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