Art exhibit stitches together family history

Dec 13, 2013

A new exhibit that stitches family history together through art is now showing in the Arts Corridor at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum.

The exhibit, “Heart of the Home: The Art of Patricia Burnett” opened on Dec. 13.

This beautiful exhibit features 26 pieces of art – mostly acrylic paintings and also some mixed media -- that are based on quilt patterns from her family. Artist Patricia Burnett of Las Cruces says the art and accompanying words are a “kind of social history of a pioneer family.”

“Family histories are often relegated to the attic of our lives,” said Burnett. “They are abbreviated into family trees with only dates and places. There is no sense of who these people were and how they lived. It is my intent, with this show, to offer a glimpse into my family. By sharing stories and photographs along with my paintings based on traditional quilt patterns, I stitch the tale of an American family into the fabric of American history.”

Burnett dedicated the show to her great-great grandmother, Esther Umbarger McKinney (1849-1938), a strong pioneer woman and a quilter.

Patricia Hurst Burnett is a six-generation Kansan who has called Las Cruces her home for the past 20 years. She holds a BFA in Fine Arts and a MPA from Wichita State University.
She is a social historian by education and avocation and is an avid genealogist. Patricia is a proud member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Colonial Dames of the 17th Century.

The show will be on display through April 6, 2014.


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