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Wednesday June 3rd, 2015

Posted at 3:00pm

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The Mudpuppy Gallery, an artist run gallery that provides a venue for local artists to show and sell their work, is celebrating their 5th anniversary in Amherstburg.

The Gallery first opened their doors in June of 2010 under the direction of a small group of Operating Partners that included Rob McLellan, Rocco DiPasquale, Judy Chappus, Stephen Gibb, Robert Honor and Shannon MacPherson.

Over the last year the gallery has bid farewell to some of the original partners, and welcomed new ones to follow in their footsteps.

Currently the gallery is overseen by Shannon MacPherson, Robert Honor, Shirley Tilden, Melissa Piva, and Ken Friesen, along with an army of volunteers who do everything from opening the gallery to the public, to cleaning and small repairs, to putting up posters.

Since opening five years ago, the gallery has expanded from showing and selling the work of the partners, as well as hundreds of local artists, to others areas including an Artist-Made Gift area within the gallery.

They continued to host art classes for children, and have recently started to offer art classes for adults as well.

A new membership option has also been developed, which allows artists and community members to show their annual support to the gallery by becoming a Mudpuppy Member for just $25 per year. Membership includes perks such as a free submission to our annual summer members exhibit, discounted rates on monthly submissions, as well as discounted rates for gallery events and classes.

With a full calendar of shows and events as we move into the summer season, they invite local artists artists to bring in their work for the monthly shows, and the public to come out to see and purchase the wonderful things that their area artists produce.

A celebration of five years is planned at the Mudpuppy Gallery on Sunday, June 7th from 2pm to 4pm. Refreshments will be served, and a silent art auction will be held.

You can find the gallery at 264 Dalhousie Street in Amherstburg.

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