ArtsPath visual artist Martha McKinley Murphy will be featured in an exhibit at the Arts Works Artisan Boutique in Johnstown starting Friday, November 19, 2010. Located at 413 Third Avenue in Johnstown, the exhibit opens with a free reception from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Inspired by whimsical aspects of life, the exhibit is titled “Wonderful Whimsy” and runs from November 19 through December 31. In addition to Murphy, the exhibit features James Page, Jan and Jonathan Heath, Kate Sewalk, Elli Groniger, and Parice Ferlan. The exhibit includes paintings, sculptures, and book bindings, all of which were inspired by various whimsical aspects of life.
The exhibit is sponsored in part by JRA Development, Glades Pike Winery, and Michelle’s Catering.
Murphy graduated cum laude in 1988 with a degree in English and fine arts from St. Michael’s College in Burlington, Vermont. Although a painter and art enthusiast from the age of seven, it was not until into her thirties that she actively pursued a career in the arts.
She began her artistic life as a painter. When a friend gave her an oxy-acetylene torch sent as a joke, she accepted the challenge by having another friend in the auto body business show her how to light the torch. She began by practicing cutting up old car parts, and a new direction was set. Her teaching and creating in visual art now includes painting, sculpting, metal fabrication, and clay works.
Operating for the past ten years from her own clay and metal studio in Friedens, Pennsylvania (Somerset County), she has worked as a full-time artist with her studio work and teaching. Since 1997, Murphy has served as an artist-in-residence for the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art and since 2001 with ArtsPath. She also teaches for Laurel Arts and gives workshops at various galleries across the United States.
Her sculpting and metalwork have been commissioned by galleries in Naples and Palm Beach, Florida; Corolla, North Carolina; Hancock, Maryland; Ogden, Utah; Carmel, California; and Pittsburgh.
Murphy’s goal is to help open the eyes of others while in turn having the course of her own vision change and strengthen through the teaching and learning process. More on Martha may be found on her website.