Works of Barbara Holden and family on display in Eagle
EAGLE — During the month of May, Barbara Holden, her son Steve and daughter-in-law Cindy will exhibit their artwork at the Eagle Public Library.
Barbara started drawing and painting while she was studying at Vassar College. Upon graduation, she met and married Stuart Holden, a Scotsman who was in the U.S. as the first Marshal Plan Scholar after World War II. They moved to Britain, where they lived for seven years and had two sons. While there, Barbara studied illustration at the local technical college.
Upon returning to the United States, she continued painting in watercolor and studied with various teachers and her mother, who was a watercolor artist.
Barbara’s husband was offered a job teaching for the Ford Foundation at a small business training institute in Hyderabad, India. So once again, the family moved abroad — this time with the addition of a daughter. While in India, Barbara continued painting and drawing. Before returning to the States, she exhibited her art work at the USIL Library.
Upon returning home, Barbara decided to begin her studies at the Cleveland Institute of Art and Case Western Reserve University. She completed her bachelor’s degree in art education and a master’s degree in art.
Following graduation, Barbara taught at a rural Ohio school. During the summers, Barbara took her children to Mexico, where they all studied at the Instituto de Allende in San Miguel. Barbara became enamored with pottery there. When she returned to Ohio, she began teaching pottery, weaving and drawing during evening classes at the Fairmont Art Center.
After five years, her husband was offered a job setting up a company in Geneva, Switzerland. So once again the family moved abroad — this time with only one daughter in tow. During the three years in Geneva, Barbara was a substitute art teacher at an international school. She taught private classes in pottery and sold pottery.
Barbara and her husband then moved to Chatham on Cape Cod. She joined the Creative Arts Center in Chatham and subsequently taught her pottery, weaving and life drawing.
During yearly trips to Britain, Barbara took courses in botanical art at various field study centers. About this time, the American Society of Botanical Art was formed. It now has eight chapters in different areas, including the Rocky Mountain Society of Denver, of which Barbara is a member. At present, Barbara has been teaching life drawing at the Alpine Arts Center, and she will teach a workshop on botanical art in June.
Steve and Cindy are both exceptional acrylic painters and are enrolled in classes at CMC.