Barchus' art at Kirkman House


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

A skilled marketing mind combined with indescribable talent established Barchus as one of the most popular and prolific Pacific Northwest artists of the 19th and 20th centuries.

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. It was among the many accolades she received during her 102-year life.

Eliza Barchus: the Majestic West is on view at the Kirkman House Museum until July 11. The exhibit features original oil paintings by Barchus and personal memorabilia from the Barchus estate, all part of a private collection. The collector will be at the opening reception.

The exhibit is free, open to the public and will be on view at Kirkman House during regular operating hours Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday 1-4 p.m.

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