Archival Adventure

We picked up Willamette University Archivist Mary McRobinson this morning and headed up to Portland to visit Mardy Widman.

off we go

The Widman family has donated Portland painter Harry Widman’s archival papers and materials to the Pacific Northwest Artists Archive (PNAA) at Willamette.  Today we were going up with Mary to see Harry’s studio, the breadth of the material being donated, and to chat with Harry’s wife artist Mardy Widman.  We arrived at the studio mid-morning of a blazingly beautiful fall day…reminding ourselves that Harry has been gone from us for about a year now, but the place is imprinted with his life and images.

Widman studio

The studio remains a wondrous (though now very organized) place…here seen with Roger looking at some Manuel Izquierdo plaster sculptures Mardy is going to repair…

in the studio


The brushes look like a still-life this year…

Harry's brushes

Mardy and Roger and Mary looked at the many piles and files of material…

Roger and Mardy

which included these amazing, delightful and informative bits of ephemera…a painter’s notes to himself…

ephemera 4  ephemera 3 ephemera 2

ephemera 1 notebooksephemera 5

then the beautiful lunch spread…


and a view of three big abstracts of Harry’s that have come to life…the yellow one…

yellow [painting

the red one…

red painting

and the green one.

green painting

We noted one of Mardy’s terrific embroidery pieces…


saw the drawing that had been traded for service and returned after Harry’s death…


and said our goodbyes to Harry and Mardy’s beautiful place…

self portrait





  1. . . .such a generous and lovely “sharing” even for those of us, who know just you and Roger……even enjoyed “the lunch”……blessings….

  2. Are those Hess sculptures in the photos? I thought so when I saw them, then saw Robert’s name in the “related items” notes.

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