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Maggie Linn, watercolourist and partner of The Studio Gallery at Marquette, stands among her paintings in this file photo. A sale of Linn’s work, as well as efforts by other artists, will be on sale at the Marquette Regional History Center Thursday and Friday. (Photo from newspaper file)

MARQUETTE — The Marquette Regional History Center will hold a final liquidation sale of the Maggie Linn Bogdan Art Collection from 5-8 p.m. Thursday and Friday in the Fred Rydholm Gathering Room.

The event will feature a wide assortment of original watercolors, limited edition prints and more, with hundreds of pieces on display. Other works will include Nita Engle, Paul Grant, Kathleen Conover and Jerry Junak. Friends and admirers of the fine arts are welcome.

Beverages and snacks will be served and part of the proceeds will go to benefit the MRHC. Payment for any part may be made in cash or by check payable to the Margaret F. Linn Bogdan Estate.

Linn was born on November 7, 1927, the eldest of four children. Her German-American mother and Chinese father moved to Singapore when she was 2 to join her father’s family. When World War II and the Sino-Japanese War broke out, her mother and younger brother fled with her to British-controlled India. There, they were placed in a refugee camp before finally joining a convent which charitably welcomed refugees and orphans.

When the war ended, the three of them left India and settled in Chicago. This experience, along with her mixed heritage, left an impact on Linn and her work.

In her adult life, Linn was a world-class watercolourist. She quickly rose through the commercial design ranks to manage 50 other artists, including world-renowned watercolor artist and close friend, Nita Engle.

“Maggie had the ability to capture nature in a very special way,” said Libby Bogdan Lovis, who helps organize the event.

After her work in Chicago, Linn moved to the Upper Peninsula and became a member of the American Watercolor Society. Linn then met and married Ted Bogdan and became a stepmother. Linn died on December 10 at the age of 94.

For more information on the event, 517-862-0804 or 954-553-8931.

Brennan White can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 248. His email address is [email protected]

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