Mudpuppy feels the beat

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Artist, Rob McLellan showing off music inspired art.

The Mudpuppy Gallery in Amherstburg is a non-profit art gallery founded by six local artists and each month they showcase a different theme. This month’s theme is “Under the Influence of Music.”

Robert Honor is one of the founding artists. He says the themes are challenges they put to local artists and they are always pleased with the results.

“Our goal is to foster creativity in the community,” he says. “We showcase our art and provide a venue for other local artists.”

The gallery features a variety of mediums and shows the work of all kinds of artists.

Another founding artist, Shannon McPherson, is very proud of the range of art and the ages of the artists who show their work in the gallery.

“We’ve had shows with artists as young as three-years-old,” she said.

Since it started, just over a year and a half ago, the Mudpuppy gallery has broadened its scope to include “Beat Nights” at the Downtown Espresso Café, located across the street from the gallery and art classes for children.

The Beat Nights accept pre-registration and have an open-mic element where people can just come in and share what they have. These events happen a few times a year and feature literature, poetry and music; all the art forms hard to display in a gallery. It’s a modern twist on the 1950s beatnik culture. The next Beat Night is scheduled for Jan. 28.

The next art classes will begin Jan. 18 and run one night a week for eight weeks. These aren’t exactly “arts and crafts” type classes explained McPherson and Honor. These classes have no age minimum, but they are for serious young artists who want to hone their skills. All the founding artists of Mudpuppy participate in the classes, so students receive well-rounded instruction.

Honor is excited by the gallery’s success and likes the way it is pulling artists from “out of the woodwork.”

“We never even suspected there were so many talented people right here in our own neighbourhood,” he said.

McPherson explained that the cost to display one’s art in Mudpuppy is very reasonable. She said an artist could display work in Mudpuppy for a few weeks for far less than it would cost to buy space in many of the local weekend art festivals. People can even rent a whole wall and have their own three-week art show.

For more information on Mudpuppy Gallery or any of their programs visit, find them on Facebook or call 519 736-7279.

2 Responses to Mudpuppy feels the beat

  1. Thanks so much for coming into the gallery to preview our Under the influence show. We enjoy talking about the galley wiith everyone. We appreciate the press. Great Article and pic.
    Mudpuppy Gallery

    January 20, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    • No problem Cheryl. The story was interesting and we were glad to cover it. Thanks for spreading the word.
      – The Essex Free Press

      January 25, 2012 at 3:02 pm