Huntington Museum of Art welcomes nationally recognized artist

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The Huntington Museum of Art will welcome Brooke Atherton, a nationally recognized artist, Sept. 8 at 7p.m.

Atherton will be discussing her work at the event. The occasion is free and open to the public.  It will be held in one of the lecture halls at the Huntington Museum of Art.

“It’s always a really enlightening experience to hear firsthand from these visiting artists and why they do what they do, how they do it, and how they came to be making this kind of work,” John Farley, assistant curator at the museum said.

Art quilts and mixed media works by Atherton construct community and tell stories of her life and journey across the western part of North America. Atherton’s art quilts are made from layers of silk, cotton and wool from canvas backings. She manipulates the fabric and then fuses and stitches extensively into the fabric.

The museum urges Marshall students and others in the community to come to events like this.

“We have brought in some of the biggest names in contemporary art through this program. We are extremely fortunate here,” Farley said. “They are the people with success stories in their field. I think that it is a very valuable resource that I think that people should take advantage of.”

Brooke Atherton will also be doing a three-day workshop in one of the studios behind the museum Sept. 9 to Sept. 11 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. called “Crossing Media: Art of the Mix.”

A workshop fee is $325 for non-members of the museum, $275 for members, $250 for teachers, and $200 for students. This fee includes a meet-and-greet with the artist, first day breakfast and lunch daily afterwards.

“Scholarships are available for students and others who may be in financial need to be able to attend those things like the workshops,” Farley said.

Atherton’s exhibit, “Maps and Measures” will be at the museum until Sept. 11.

Krislyn Holden can be contacted at [email protected]

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