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  • Exhibit showcases eclectic family artwork

    October's First Friday Art Walk is tonight
  • A family of artists is showing work that ranges from sculptural models of ghost town buildings to paintings based on old family photos during tonight's First Friday Art Walk in Ashland.
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      What: "All in the Family," an exhibit featuring family members Grace Henson, Paul, Amy and Cielle Charron and Sarah Fine
      When: Oct. 4-30, with an artists reception from 5 to 8 p.m. today, Oct. 4...
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      If you go
      What: "All in the Family," an exhibit featuring family members Grace Henson, Paul, Amy and Cielle Charron and Sarah Fine

      When: Oct. 4-30, with an artists reception from 5 to 8 p.m. today, Oct. 4

      Where: Hanson Howard Gallery, 89 Oak St., Ashland
  • A family of artists is showing work that ranges from sculptural models of ghost town buildings to paintings based on old family photos during tonight's First Friday Art Walk in Ashland.
    Hanson Howard Gallery, 89 Oak St., is hosting the exhibit, which will continue through October.
    The matriarch of the family, Grace Henson, raised her family in Ashland and was an art teacher at Phoenix High School in the 1960s and '70s.
    The family members now live in Corvallis and the Portland metropolitan region, but were invited by gallery owner Judy Howard to team up for the October exhibition.
    "We're very excited to be in Ashland," Henson said. "It's coming home."
    Henson is showing colorful paintings, many of which are based on family photographs and stories.
    Her painting "The Three Survivors" shows a man, a boy and a dog — all of whom survived harrowing ordeals.
    The man, Henson's grandfather, was orphaned at age 12 and sold into bonded servitude. He ran away at age 14, was taken in by a Shaker religious colony, then later became a cowboy and homesteader.
    The boy, another relative, fell into wheat harvesting machinery, which nearly severed his leg. A young surgeon who had just returned to America after treating wounded soldiers in World War I was able to save the leg.
    The dog became famous in family lore after it attacked a rattlesnake and nearly died. It eventually developed an immunity to venom and went on to become a fierce rattlesnake killer.
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