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By Gwendolyne Honrud
The Courier 

Local Artist Gives Back to Museum That Has Helped Her Along the Way

 

October 16, 2019

The WaterWorks Art Museum in Miles City held its annual art auction on Sept. 28. Cathryn Reitler (McIntyre) of Glasgow was one of 58 artists who contributed work to the fundraiser to help the museum's outreach education program to bring art education to 13 counties in the region. The nonprofit organization provides exhibits in the visual arts and humanities, educational opportunities and informational services for the public, schools and civic groups, and management of and access to visual artworks held in the public trust.

Reitler is a strong proponent of arts and education as evidenced by her new position as the Glasgow High School art teacher. She donated her 18x24 oil painting on metal, "Them Boots," (pictured at right) for the auction. An homage to farmers and ranchers, the work showcases a pair of well-worn black cowboy boots on a metal canvas incorporating two repurposed Montana license plates. The work is personal to Reitler, showing her love and respect for the hardworking people of the area.

"Them Boots" was the first piece Reitler ever created in Glasgow after moving into town in 2006. It has been a part of Ted and Nettie McIntyre's personal collection, even before Reitler became a part of the family by marrying their son, Mitch, since purchasing it at a benefit auction for Todd Glaser. After holding an honored place in their personal collection for years, the McIntyres, along with Reitler, decided to donate the artwork to the WaterWorks Art Museum auction.

Reitler's now-in-laws have been and continue to be strong supporters of her artwork, periodically reviewing their collection, donating pieces and making new purchases. The piece is nearly as well-traveled as the beat-up pieces it depicts. The oil-on-metal work has made several circuits around the state, even being featured in many shows.

This isn't the first time Reitler has placed art pieces in the WaterWorks auction, as she has submitted pieces several times over the years. She also frequently attends "The Quick Draw" live art-making show and sale which is held every May during the storied Buckinghorse in Miles City. Reitler told the Courier, "The WaterWorks has always been good to me as an artist, and I do my best to contribute pieces to their fundraisers when I can."

When not creating art, teaching art at Glasgow High School, or raising her family, Reitler can be found in Wolf Point where she is an artist in resident with Bigger Sky Kids. The after-school art program is in its second year funded through the Montana Arts Council and private donations. She is also in the process of converting her website, cathrynreitler.com, to "Cat's Corner Studio" to reflect her location in the northeast corner of Montana.

 

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