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Artist to be featured during ceremonies



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Longtime artist Marie Skinner, 94, of Macungie, Pa., will travel to Sturbridge to attend the opening ceremonies for the new HSEAD research center on Friday night, Oct. 14, at Old Sturbridge Village. Skinner has dedicated much of her life to creating and teaching art, as well as preserving early American art. Pictured here are some of her bronze stenciled trays. (click for larger version)
October 11, 2011
STURBRIDGE — Marie Skinner has enjoyed a lifelong passion for early American art, and she is eager to attend the opening ceremonies for the Historical Society of Early American Decoration's (HSEAD) new research center at Old Sturbridge Village on Friday, Oct. 14.

Skinner, 94, of Macungie, Pa., learned the techniques of stenciling and reverse glass painting at the age of 9, and she has been applying her knowledge of those practices ever since. In 1985, she published an instructional booklet titled "Classic Stenciling with Bronze Powders", and she has spent several years contributing to the preservation of early American art. She has even had some of her pieces for sale at the Old Sturbridge Village gift shop.

"I have always loved art and music, and I had a wonderful Victorian art teacher who showed me how to stencil at a young age," Skinner said. "She saw that I had a lot of potential, and I was very grateful that she took the time to teach me."

In addition to creating art, Skinner has also dedicated many years to teaching people about her trade. She still teaches dozens of students each year — some of whom travel many miles to see her — and she is currently operating an art studio called Thrushwood Studio.

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For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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