Highly Hands-On

Family Programs at the High Museum of Art

Introducing… August 12, 2011

Filed under: General — erinkdougherty @ 3:10 pm

We have a new face on the High’s Public Programs team. Her name is Christina Westpheling and she’s the new Public Programs Assistant. Christina may look familiar to some, since she’s been volunteering and interning here for about two years. We are excited to have her here. I asked Christina to talk about her favorite work of art in the High’s permanent collection so you all could get to know her a bit better. Take it away Christina:

One of my favorite works of art at the High is Mattie Lou O’Kelley’s My Parent’s Farm. I love folk art, and I especially love Mattie Lou O’Kelley. She was raised in northern Georgia, and many of her paintings are about her childhood there. I especially like My Parent’s Farm for its bright, cheerful colors and the way it resembles a patchwork quilt with the large areas of colors that make up the fields. While the tiny trees and crops look more like needlepoint or embroidery. I dabble in both quilting and embroidery, so it’s neat to see how these crafts can be reflected in a different medium. This painting, along with two others by O’Kelley are currently on view at the High. Come check them out in person!

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