Join Members of Atlanta Contemporary for a virtual behind-the-scenes tour of some of the best contemporary art collections. This month we are going to CANADA! with an exclusive look at the private collection and home of Catharine Mastin, former executive director of the Art Gallery of Windsor, and David McNamara. 

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If you are not yet a member and would like to participate, click here to process your membership. Once confirmed, send an email to Abby Bullard at with your receipt and she will then share the Zoom registration link.

About the collection:

Catharine Mastin and David McNamara have been collectors since they first met almost thirty years ago. Their collections include Canadian Art, retro ceramics, vintage commercial signs, bar paraphernalia, pressed tin toys, vinyl albums and hundreds of books. They live in a fabulous heritage neighborhood in Windsor, Ontario, Canada called Walkerville, just a stone’s throw from Detroit, Michigan. We can’t do it all on this exciting virtual tour but we will focus on their Canadian Art collection and take a peek at mid-20th century ceramics.

Catharine Mastin was blessed to be born into a family that loved art. Her grandfather, Franklin Carmichael (1890-1945) was a founding member of Canada’s pre-eminent landscape art collective, the Group of Seven (1920-1932). He was also a founding member of the Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour (1925) and the Canadian Group of Painters (1933). Growing up with art around her, Catharine has never lived a day without art in her private spaces.

Building on this foundation, Catharine and David have together developed their love of Canadian art to included more of her grandfather’s contemporaries and support of the communities they have lived in throughout their marriage—Toronto, Windsor and Calgary. David is the truly inter-disciplinary collector of the pair and he shares a passion for the history of most anything he sees. His love of Canadian art has evolved side-by-side Catharine’s professional track as a prominent Canadian art historian, curator and Executive Director. Today, Catharine proudly notes that he can walk into a gallery and almost always spot the artist’s work from afar— including all members of the Group of Seven and even postwar and contemporary artists including William Perehudoff, Mary Pratt, Joyce Wieland and Chris Cran.

Today, their collection numbers more than 100 Canadian modern and contemporary works of art and they have done this by setting aside money to buy each other artworks for special occasions like birthdays and Christmas. Artists in their collection include Calgarians such as Henry George Glyde, Marion Nicoll, David Pugh, David Thauberger, Helen Stadelbauer and Chris Cran among others. Their story embraces the artistic history of the places they have lived because they have wanted to embrace and support them. Most all of the artists in their collection have earned national or international reputations for artistic innovation and excellence. On her new path as an independent scholar and writer, Catharine is currently writing a book on Marion Nicoll scheduled for release in 2021.


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David McNamara

David McNamara is a retired financial planner and produce specialist. He was born into a family of scholars and writers including his father, Eugene McNamara, who was Professor of English at the University of Windsor. Two of his brothers are also artists—Michael McNamara and Christopher McNamara. In Alberta David worked for Federated Cooperatives and in Windsor for Investors Group. David is a graduate from the University of Windsor in Communications and loves art, film and music.

Catharine Mastin

Catharine Mastin is an independent scholar, writer and curator and former Executive Director of the Art Gallery of Windsor. She holds a PhD in Women’s History from the University of Alberta, Edmonton and degrees in art, design, architectural history and Canadian art from York University, Toronto. She has curated more than 100 exhibitions since embarking on a curatorial path in the 1990s. Among her writing achievements include award-winning publications for exhibitions include Brenda Francis Pelkey (2017), Mary Pratt (2012), The Group of Seven in Western Canada (2002), Wyndham Lewis in Canada (1992).


Members can email the Development Manager, Abby Bullard to receive the Zoom registration link.

Contact Info
Abby Bullard
(404) 688-1970 ext. 405

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