Category: Artist Profiles

Portrait of a Self-Named Artist

Judith Walden Painter Scott Gordon Woodhouse  a fun and interesting recent addition to Salem’s art scene moved from Portland, where he lived for 8 years. Before that he had lived in California, where he enjoyed a successful career as a furniture restorer and designer. Quiet with a subtle, understated humor, Woodhouse discovered and loved painting  young, and credits a high school art teacher with giving him a good background in many painting techniques. Unfortunately when looking at college he was discouraged by a harshly critical teacher, and ended up channeling his energy into music and the humanities, although he...

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Magic and dreams and good madness

by Judith Walden Besides awesome coffee and edibles, a trip to the Governor’s Cup this month will give art lovers the opportunity to see the work of an artist who is new to Salem.  Heather N. Henry, whose show  “Storytellers and Whimsical Beings” runs through March, is a recent transplant from the Midwest.  Her husband is originally from the Pacific Northwest and with their children now adults and out of the house, they decided to relocate to this area.  She says, ”My husband and I are very recently empty nesters, which means I now have more time on my...

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Bloom Where You Are Planted

by Judith Walden If you love art, and love painting, and your life brings you to relocate in Dallas Oregon, a place not noted for its art scene, what do you do? If you are Tom Kunke, you open an art gallery. Kunke holds a Master’s in Health Education from OSU, and spent over two decades teaching health and physical education at Warner Pacific College in southeast Portland. This seems to be an unusual resume for an artist and gallery owner, but his interest in and love of art is lifelong, and Kunke is ecstatic that this second career...

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