This week, writer Doug Perry at the Oregonian, wrote a story around the Museum of Bad Judgement exhibit. It focuses on one of the more well known cases in my grandfather's memoir. It has a couple of images of the paintings, and some fascinating history about the case. Click the link below to connect to the article.
Museum of Bad Judgement in Salem, Oregon
For the past four years, I've been working on a series of paintings based on my grandfather's memoirs about several murder cases he tried early in his career as an attorney in Oregon. The series is called the Museum of Bad Judgement, and in October, I will have the distinct honor of showing the the series in Salem, Oregon at the Salem Art Association.
It means so much to me to be able to show this collection in Salem because it is the center of where these stories actually took place.My grandfather graduated from Law School from local Willamette University in 1930 was the district attorney for neighboring Polk County a few years later. After that, he practiced in Dallas, Oregon, Salem and later Portland. My family has deep roots in Salem. Many of them, including my grandfather, are buried just up the road from where the exhibit will take place.
Here are the details:
What: The Museum of Bad Judgement - paintings by Julia W. White
Where: Salem Art Association
Bush Barn Art Center and Annex - Camas Gallery
600 Mission St. SE
Salem, Oregon 97302
When: October 7, 2022 - November 5, 2022
Opening Reception: Saturday, October 8, 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Regular Gallery Hours: Thursday, Friday, Saturday - noon - 5:00pm
The exhibition space is next to the Bush House Museum at the edge of beautiful Bush Pasture Park. It's walking distance from the shops and restaurants of downtown Salem.
Salem is a very vibrant small city in the Willamette Valley of Oregon. It is the state capitol and about 50 miles south of Portland. It's a great place to visit - a quick day trip from Portland, or an overnight from Tacoma or Seattle!
I hope you can make it to Salem to see the show!
But Wait, There's More in October...
Tacoma Studio Tour is returning Oct. 15 & 16.
After a two year hiatus, the Tacoma Studio Tour returns, and my studio will be open both Saturday and Sunday. Come by and hang out on the new covered porch, look at old postcards, listen to records and make collages.
I will have paintings, prints and postcards available for purchase at special prices.
What: Open Studio as part of the Tacoma Studio Tour. My studio is #38 on the map
Where: My Studio
1103 East 71st St.
Tacoma, WA 98404
More info and map here.
When: Saturday, 10 /15 & Sunday 10/16 - 11am - 5pm.
I'm excited to be participating again this year. It's a wonderful opportunity to see old friends and make new ones. I hope you can make it!
Thank you to the City of Tacoma Office of Arts and Cultural Vitality for working hard to make this happen.
I finished this painting last week. It's 40" x 60"; Oil on Canvas. It's the thirteenth painting in the Museum of Bad Judgement series (Click here for a full description of this series). The center is a portrait of the Polk County Courthouse where my grandfather tried many cases in his early career. Around it are more scenes loosely based his memoirs. It's actually four paintings in one, which is probably the reason it took so long. I actually started it in July of 2021, but I put it aside several times to work on other paintings. Here are some progress photos I took along the way:
I originally intended for this painting to be the last in the series. I thought I was done mining, and that I had gone deep enough. But, it turns out there are more images and ideas that keep coming to me, so I will to keep going. Stay tuned....
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