Remember that TV show…”That Was The Week That Was?”  So okay…the tile is back-ordered and the bathroom is going nowhere…


so we moved on this week as best we could…starting with Constance Fowler (1907-1996), painter, print-maker, founder of the modern art department at Willamette University in 1938.  R has curated an excellent Fowler show up at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art until July 21st…check it out.  Last Sunday R gave a lecture and here (bad photo…from the projected slide…apologies) is Connie’s “selfie” from 1944…Fowler selfie

and an early photo of her…


and after the lecture her niece and namesake Connie Bataille gave graceful remarks thanking R and the museum for showcasing Fowler’s work.

Connie Battle

…then off we went to the uke “gig”…


and the week begins.  We took a trip to Portland to look at some things of Jack McLarty’s in storage, bringing up a topic we’ve been thinking about lately…the dilemma of too much art on hand as an artist ages, and dies (McLarty died in 2011).

storagestorge painting

Mc L detailracks

1940's Jack

curator at work

…we even found an early George Johanson painting in the mix…

early George Johanson

Here was one of my favorites…Jack’s “Selfie” (of which he had MANY)…

J self portrait

a fascinating couple of hours…and then

Thank you

off to New Seasons in search of a roasted chicken…


…meanwhile back in Salem Project Space opened the second show…young Chicano artists…quite smashing…here is Mario Gonzales’ wall painting…

Mario Gonzales

and Rich McLoud sang at the opening…

Rich McCloud

while we all milled about…

people milling

Project Space is once again showing the edgiest work locally…this summer the shows move fast so you have to remain alert…Project Space banner

Project Space is under the Salem Art Association banner and here are some WPA photos of the beginning of SAA…the first gallery was in the basement of the old Salem High School, located on the property now home to Macy’s at Center and High Streets…

Saa 1

The gallery was built kind of in the hallway of the old school on the ground floor…and was flooded and ruined in the winter of 1942, when the Willamette River overflowed.



SFAC opening exhibit

so I leave you with a quonset…right near my FAVORITE coffee place Crema, 28th and Ankeny SE…check it out…Have a good weekend!



  1. Remodeling is like Preliminism…You never have to say you are finished, that is unless you are an old artist with old art. When we moved from Portland to Cannon Beach, I tossed most of my stuff in a dumpster and it was recycled. Perhaps I should have jumped in there, too. Diane has a better idea, “Don’t hang the art, hang the artist. The artist takes up much less space and is easily disposable.”

  2. Rich and wonderful offerings! Sorry to miss Roger’s lecture on Sunday. Was up in Vancouver at Amy’s Baccalaureate service then on to Seattle for Annika’s graduation on Wednesday. Whew!

    What a treat to see photos of early SAA digs. I remember teaching painting in the basement of Salem Blue in the 60’s. Happy weekend! xonance

  3. thanks for the informative post…can’t wait to see the Fowler exhibition! hmmm…what to do with all this art…I will give everything away to avoid the dumpster option. I’ve had a lucky life to be involved in art making so want to share it. :))

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