Made in America with Foreign Parts

Decorated Butter Paddle and Painted Wood Panel, Framed

Decorated Butter Paddle
American
Decoration attributed to Vona Donald, c.1910
Wood (maple), paint
Gift of Delma Donald Woodburn Estate
MHAHS 1997.038.0001
Painted Wooden Panel, Framed
American
Attributed to Donald/Sweet Family, c.1890
Wood (pine), paint
Gift of Delma Donald Woodburn Estate
MHAHS 2002.001.0063

Repurposed objects such as a butter paddle or a wood panel became the canvas of a folk artist. Making her home more inviting and following the Victorian magazine arts of the time, Vona Donald chose bucolic rural winter scenes to enhance and decorate her environment. With paint and inspiration, the rural landscapes brought character to these daily objects.

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