‘Something daring and bold…’ Barbachano steps in as new director of Holter Museum of Art

Marga Lincoln For the Independent Record

Spring brings a time of renewal to the Northern Rockies.

And at the Holter Museum of Art, it brings a new executive director — Christina Barbachano.

She’ll be on hand to meet the public at the Holter Gala & Art Auction on April 28 at the Helena Civic Center.

A multimedia artist and arts educator, she’s also the current school superintendent at Harlowton Public Schools.

She started part-time at the Holter on Monday and will go full-time June 12, once she finishes out the school year.

In her bio, she refers to leading a “double life” as an art educator and administrator.

But, perhaps it’s more of a double-double life.

Before she found a passion for the visual arts, she was immersed in music and dance.

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“I used to dance classical ballet until I was 14,” she said, taking classes at the Royal Academy of Dance in England.

She also plays piano, violin, viola and saxophone. And for Christmas, her husband bought her a cello.

Another important passion is her family, which includes her husband Alex Bolotsky, their teen daughter, Nadja, and a college-age son, Ezra.

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