Sharon artist to host open studio

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Anna Marie Lux
Wednesday, October 18, 2017

SHARON—Award-winning painter Martha Hayden will open her home and studio in Sharon for a studio exhibit Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 21 and 22.

Her historic Victorian home is filled with art in many mediums, including landscapes, still life, figure paintings and etchings.

Hayden has painted in Europe, Mexico and Africa. Her work is in more than 2,500 collections worldwide, including the British Museum in London, the Museo do Arte Moderno in Sao Paulo, Brazil, the Brooklyn Museum in New York and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.

Originally from Chicago, Hayden bought her Sharon house in 1961.

“It was abandoned and, thus, affordable and gave me the working space I needed,” she said. “I have been working on it and in it ever since.”

Hayden has spent half the year in New York for the last 24 years.

Now, she has closed her New York studio and moved everything back to Wisconsin.

“There will be plenty of both new and older work to see,” she said.

Hayden's work won awards at printmaking exhibitions in three states this year. Her work also was featured at locations in New York City.

The Weserburg Museum in Bremen, Germany, and the Yale University Library bought her artist books.

The UW-Milwaukee Library and the UW-Madison College of Liberal Arts also acquired works.

Hayden is a graduate of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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