Kirkman House holds reception for exhibit


There will be a First Friday reception from 5-8 p.m. Friday for the exhibit "Eliza Barchus: The Majestic West" at Kirkman House Museum, 214 N. Colville St.

On display through July 11, the exhibit features Barchus' oil paintings of the Pacific Northwest and personal memorabilia from the Barchus estate, all part of a private collection.

The free showing will be on view at Kirkman House during regular operating hours, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 1-4 p.m. Sunday.

Successful. Woman. Artist. These three words are rarely used together and yet describe Barchus, a release said.

Her talents in the field of marketing and as an artist established Barchus as one of the most popular, prolific Pacific Northwest artists of the 19th and 20th centuries.

Among the numerous accolades she received during her 102 year life, Barchus was invited to submit a painting for the National Academy of Design's ninth annual Winter Exposition in 1890 -- a great honor for any artist and unheard of for a western woman artist.

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