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Studio M: Mogollon and the Old West by Cheri Mohn

News Release:  Studio M to Display Mogollon and the Old West by Cheri Mohn 

Mogollon and the Old West by Cheri Mohn (1936–2005) will open in the Massillon Museum’s Studio M gallery in the Fred F. Silk Community Room on Saturday, June 13, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. The event is free and open to everyone. The artist's daughter, Deb Altimus, and her family will be on hand to greet guests. No reservations are necessary.  

Mogollon, New Mexico, a silver mining town from the late 1800s until 1942, attracted nearly 6000 residents at its peak, but when the mine played out, the town’s population nearly disappeared. Mohn and her family first visited in 1963. She and her husband purchased and repaired the old Mogollon Theatre, readying it to again show silent films. When they returned each summer until 1972, Mohn sketched and painted people and scenery surrounding the ghost town, creating the series that will be exhibited at the Massillon Museum.  

Deb Altimus describes her mother, Cheri Mohn, as “a versatile artist who expressed herself in various styles, techniques, and media.” In doing so, she created numerous series, each having a binding theme. Mohn’s artwork has been exhibited posthumously in three previous thematic Studio M exhibitions: The Paleomorphic Series (2010), Hard Edge and Picasso Paintings (2012), and Neo Nouveau Paintings (2013).

One of Mohn’s paintings was juried into the Massillon Museum’s Annual Show in 1971. In 1993, she had a one-woman show at the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, where she had earned a purchase award in 1970. During her lifetime, she was included in exhibitions in and was affiliated with galleries in Ohio, New York, Pennsylvania, and New Mexico. 

A graduate of Our Lady of the Elms in Akron, Mohn earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at Youngstown State University. She worked as an artist and art instructor in Youngstown and North Lima and operated an art store and antique shop in Columbiana. A realtor, she served as president of the Columbiana Chamber of Commerce.

Altimus, an avid genealogist, recently discovered an additional Massillon-Mogollon connection as she researched the family of Massillon’s founder James Duncan. Marjory L. Reynolds, great-great granddaughter of James and Eliza Duncan, was born in Mogollon in 1909, during the mining town’s halcyon days.

The Mogollon exhibition may be seen through July 26 during regular Museum hours, Tuesday through Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. 

Guests on June 13 can also attend the opening of the main gallery exhibition, Civil War-Era Drawings from the Becker Collection. Second-floor galleries will display artifacts from the Museum’s permanent collection that reflect American lifestyle during the Civil War years. Because June 13 is Massillon’s Second Saturday, the downtown will be vibrant with arts activities and live music in restaurants and stores.    

Anderson’s in the City (the lobby café); OHregionalities, the Museum shop; and a vintage photobooth are located in the lobby of the Massillon Museum.

Studio M enhances the collaboration between the Museum and the community by showcasing the artistic talents of local, regional, and national artists. The series of five-week shows will continue throughout the year, selected by jurors from proposals submitted by artists. Brochures containing guidelines and an application are available by calling the Massillon Museum at 330-833-4061 or visiting

The Massillon Museum receives operating support from the Ohio Arts Council and ArtsinStark.

The Massillon Museum is located at 121 Lincoln Way East (Ohio Route 172) in the heart of downtown Massillon.  A visit to the Massillon Museum is always free.

Media Contacts:

Scot Phillips, Massillon Museum Operations Officer  -  330-833-4061

Emily Vigil, Studio M Coordinator  -  330-833-4061

Margy Vogt, Massillon Museum PR Coordinator  -  330-844-1525 

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