Confirmed Thomas Moran painting donated to Toledo museum

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Confirmed Thomas Moran painting donated to Toledo museum

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

Atkinson, who now lives in Helena, doesn’t know much about the painting’s history, only 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.

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In 2005, Atkinson found out her mother was right.

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

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