Kathryn E. Bard Cherry was an esteemed member of several Midwest arts associations, yet like many painters in the early twentieth century she found much to inspire her while spending summers exploring the artists’ colonies of Cape Ann, Massachusetts. After studying at the St. Louis Art School, the New York School of Fine Art, and at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts with Hugh Breckenridge, she began her career as many of her female colleagues did during the last decades of the nineteenth century, in the field of decorative arts.
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Painted around 1919, Salting the Catch was awarded first prize when it was shown at the St. Louis Artists’ Guild’s Seventh Annual Exhibition in early 1920. Soon after it became the inaugural purchase of the Friends of Local Artists, a group whose members donated ten dollars apiece to acquire an artwork from one of the city’s exhibitions and circulate it among local high schools for six months at a time. By the 1980s, Salting the Catch was discovered at a St. Louis antiques shop and has remained in the collection of one family to the present.
 American Art News, February 14, 1920.
 “St. Louis Patrons Begin With Schools.” American Art News, December 31, 1921.
Jack Parker Antiques, St. Louis, Missouri
To private collection, St. Louis, Missouri, 1980s to present
tacked on top stretcher, partially town) –Louis Arti– / –th Annual
(round sticker on top stretcher) Noonan-Kocian Co. St. Louis 20977
Seventh Annual Competitive Exhibition, St. Louis Artists’ Guild, St. Louis, Missouri, February 1920 (awarded first prize of $500)