- Katharine Montstream is a landscape painter from Burlington Vermont. She first found the shores of Lake Champlain shortly after graduating from the University of Colorado in Boulder. Although she didn’t study art in college, she soon found the “zen watercolor master,” Larry Goldsmith. His methods and book, Watercolors Bold and Free, helped Montstream discover painting in a whole new light. She studied with Goldsmith for 17 years. Other artist she has studied with: Eric Aho, Stuart Shills, Jeneanne Lunn, and Wolf Kahn. If she could meet any artist from the past, it would be Tom Thomson; Canada’s most celebrated landscape painter.
- Growing up in Wethersfield, Connecticut, Montstream was lucky in having the most inspiring and innovative public art school teacher, Ms. Pescatello. She taught privately in the summer, and Katharine learned plein air painting with her instruction at the Wethersfield Cove, the farmstands and the homes built in the 1700’s. Also, The Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford was close, so Montsteam’s parents enrolled her in classes there.
- Montstream’s first solo exhibit was in 1988 at the Daily Planet in Burlington. After that, she showed at Designer Circle, Union Station and her first gallery exhibit was at Passepartout in Winooski in 1991. She exhibited two shows featuring the railyard and early waterfront called Buildings and Boxcars at Union Station in 1991 and 1992. Doll Anstadt Gallery featured Montstream’s African Dance oil paintings in 1998. She has shown in group exhibits at Furchgott and Sourdiffe Gallery in Shelburne, Envison a Pastoral Setting in Shelburne Farms and at the Basin Harbor Club’s annual summer show. In June of 2011, Montstream had a one woman show, Into the Intervale, at SEABA on Pine Street in Burlington. In October 2012, she had a second exhibit at SEABA called L’art de Paris, featuring her work from a recent trip to France.
- Montstream Studio moved from Union Station in June, 2013 and can be found at City Hall Park just three doors from American Flatbread. Her husband, Alan Dworshak, manages the business and greeting card company as well as framing the artwork and prints.