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Illness and Artistic Expression

Thursday, June 24, 2010

This self-portrait pastel drawing of Margaret Midland is just one of 22 drawings that will be displayed at the Sanford Museum's West Gallery beginning Saturday. An exhibit opening will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday and the public is invited to attend. Drawing by Margaret Midland
The Cherokee Sanford Museum invites the public to special exhibit opening, this Saturday at 7:30 p.m., in titled "Illness and Artistic Expression."

This exhibit will feature 22 pastel drawings by noted Cherokee artist, Margaret Midland. Margaret passed away in 2002 but her artwork lives on. These self-portraits chronicle Margaret's treatment for, and eventual recovery from, breast cancer.

She was the owner and artisan of the Court of the Gargoyles Shop at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival from 1981 to 1992. Her festival booth overflowed with her kin-baked clay sculptures. Midland was also a accomplished oil painter who had exhibited in shows around the Midwest.

She also did commissioned work. Her fanciful statues are in many Twin Cities gardens. Midland was most remembered for helping to establish the Cherokee Arts Council in which she served as president. She also helped start the Cherokee Community Theater and was involved in helping start the Sanford Museum.

There will be a short presentation on Saturday then time for all to enjoy Margaret's work.

Many of Margaret friends will be on hand Saturday and everyone is invited to share a story about Margaret.

Admission is free and refreshments will be served. For more information contact the Sanford Museum at 225-3922

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