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Art icon Frida Kahlo gets her work displayed at Jackson's Ella Sharp museum

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Posted at 12:34 PM, Jan 29, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-02 17:35:03-05

JACKSON, Mich. — The work of a 20th century art icon has arrived in Jackson. The Frida Kahlo exhibit debuted this week at Ella Sharp museum.

Frida Kahlo was born in the early 1900s and passed away more than 50 years ago. But, her work lives on.

Frida Kahalo

“She was an artist pretty much her entire life but probably most of the work that she’s most well known for created between her 30s and the end of her life," Ella Sharp museum curator Rachel Veramay said.

And now, it's all on display at Jackson's Ella Sharp museum.

Calendar from Ella Sharp museum

“Frida also really embraced her heritage and wanted to highlight it and make people very aware of where she was from," said Ella Sharp museum executive director Diane Gutenkauf. "So she took inspiration from particularly areas of Mexico that she lived in. She often wore traditional clothing or was inspired by food stuffs that came from Mexico and highlighted that in her work. So you’ll see some of that in the exhibit.”

"You can learn a little bit about the kitchen. Frida's kitchen. A little bit about the foods, vegetables, fruits that are kind of traditional to cook with and there's a book of recipes," said Veramay. "And maybe people will be inspired to go home and create a fun meal."

So, why Jackson?

“I think there are a lot of amazing artists and arts driven organizations within our community," said Veramay. "We have everything from very active art programs in schools to local small galleries run by artists themselves who conduct classes. We’re just one of the arts organizations. There’s also of course the Jackson school of the arts, multiple small committees and groups, so I feel like there’s a lot going on with the arts community in Jackson.”

All of this has been made possible by several local and national organizations including the American Arts Alliance and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

“They create this kind of condensed reproductive style of exhibit that tours nationally and we were fortunate enough to have it come to Jackson," said Veramay.

The exhibit will be on display at Ella Sharp museum until Mar. 16.

Adults can pay $5 for for admission. Children are $3. Museum members and children under five years of age are free.

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