A second Jean Van Harlingen painting now hangs in the entryway of the Irene B. French Community Center (IBFCC).
John Barry recently donated the original art piece titled “Lacing Future Histories” to the IBFCC. The Palm Springs, California, native said he bestowed the painting because of the artist’s ties to Merriam.
Van Harlingen was born in Dayton, Ohio, but lived in Merriam for eight years before she passed in November 2014. The internationally-known artist was famous for her work in fiber as well as oils and sculptures.
This is the second Van Harlingen piece donated to the IBFCC. In 2016, the Van Harlingen estate donated a piece titled “When the Moon Shines 4.” Both pieces are made with pigmented dyed pulps.
These art pieces are just two of 25 donated pieces at the IBFCC, all totally more than $28,650. Visit the IBFCC to see all works of art the community center offers.