Margaret Harpe Merida

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Margaret Harpe Merida

1,000.00

Thirty Miles, South Beach

Oil on Board

36 1/2 x 48 inches

Unsigned

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Margaret Harpe Merida

Farmington, Kentucky artist Margaret Merida's work spans from 1955 to the present and includes designs, drawings, photographs, sculpture, soft sculptures and garments. Merida, who attended the University of Louisville as a painting major on an art scholarship, began working with fibers when her son was young. Her fiber collages, wall hangings and garments have been exhibited nationally in galleries and in juried craft markets. Combining her own hand-dyed fabrics with commercial fabrics and antique fibers, Merida often pieces together hundreds of small strips of cloth, which are quilted and then hand finished with beading and other touches. Merida spent 27 years teaching art in the Jefferson County, Kentucky school system. After spending three summers teaching in the Governor's Scholar Program at Murray State University, Merida and her husband Fred decided to move to western Kentucky after retirement. They now reside and make art in a Victorian farmhouse that they have restored in Farmington. 


Frederick and Margaret Merida are avid collectors of art and artifacts from various regions across Africa. Margaret and Frederick Merida donated 40 works to the University of Louisville in honor of distinguished Hite faculty member Dario Covi. The collection showcases rich examples of cultural objects used for various ritual practice, entertainment and domestic use from Nigeria, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Congo, Sudan, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Mali, Burkina Faso, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. 


biography modified from Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea