After a two-year hiatus, painter Martha Hayden will open her home and studio in Sharon for an exhibition, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 21 and 22, from noon to 5 p.m.

Located at 143 Prairie St., the home is a historic Victorian built in the 1870s. Visitors will be allowed to wander the art-filled rooms and hallways of Martha’s home and studio, viewing her “mature, expressive, and colorful work in many mediums.” Landscapes, made in Michigan, New York, Wisconsin, France, on the ring of Kerry in Ireland, and in Vilnius, Lithuania, will be on display along with still life, figure paintings, and etchings.

She has closed her New York Studio and everything has been moved back to Wisconsin.

“I have embarked on a major clean up, sort out effort,” Hayden said. “There will be plenty of both new and older work to see.”

Two large allegorical paintings (70 x 54 inches) shown will be among others on display.

This year, Hayden’s work won awards at printmaking exhibitions in Indiana, Colorado and Virginia. Her work was featured in New York City in exhibits at The National Arts Club, The Old Print Shop and Central Booking. The Wesserburg Museum in Bremen, Germany and the Yale University Library purchased her artist books and the University of Wisconsin Library at Milwaukee and The University of Wisconsin College of Liberal Arts, Madison acquired her works.

Hayden also had a one-person exhibition at Columbia College, Missouri, and is included in a new book, “Artist’s Homes and Studios” by E. Ashley Rooney.

Hayden is a graduate of the school of the Art Institute of Chicago. She studied with the Expressionist painter Oskar Kokoschka on a fellowship from the Art Institute of Chicago.

She has painted in Europe, Mexico, and Africa and her work is in over 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.

Corporate collectors of Hayden’s work include BP/Amoco and Ameritech in Chicago, Metro-tech in Minneapolis, General Telephone in Indianapolis, Frito-Lay in Dallas, and Hyatt Residency in Hilton Head, North Carolina.

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