Confirmed Thomas Moran painting donated to Toledo museum

Marto “Marty” Atkinson taught art in Gibsonburg schools from 1969 to 2014, but her connection to the art world began long before that, when a painting by famed artist Thomas Moran hung in her childhood home.

HELENA – When retired Gibsonburg art teacher Marta “Marty” Atkinson was growing up in Hudson, her mother kept a Thomas Moran painting on her wall. Her mother was repeatedly told by so-called antiquities experts that the painting was worthless, but her mother insisted that the painting had great value.

Atkinson, who now lives in Helena, doesn’t know much about the painting’s history, except that her maternal grandfather somehow acquired it in Philadelphia. When her mother died, Atkinson inherited the painting and she always wondered if her mother’s intuition about it was correct.

Atkinson inherited a painting artist whose work led to the establishment of Yellowstone National Park

In 2005, Atkinson realized her mother was right.

“My friend had tickets to the Antiques Roadshow and she called me and said, ‘Take a picture,'” Atkinson said.


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