OJHS Kathy Clark

Kathy Clark OJHS Curator

I have lived in Oregon all my life and been involved in OJHS since 1964. I was a child member as my mother Ruth Ann Clark was the museum curator from its beginning until her passing in 1997. I have served the museum in its multiple locations including the Clay High Annex, Starr Elementary, Clay Elementary, and now at the Brandville Museum Complex. I helped alongside my mother over the years facing challenges of moves, flooded basements, furnace mishaps and ensuing damage, and steam heat radiators that made a sauna out at Clay Elementary. I decorate and maintain the artifacts in our museum display cabinets, and previously worked on ones that were located at the Oregon City Hall, and the Woodville Mall’s window front displays. I am a self-taught artist working in acrylics, painting area landscapes, wildlife, lighthouses, pet portraits and pen & ink renderings of local historic places. I have painted unusual items such as seashells, cross cut saws and iron tub claw feet. I have been commissioned and volunteered art work for events and special projects and have paintings throughout the States and was a member and President of the past Oregon Art Club. My art skills are put to work for the historical society’s advertising and special program needs. I currently catalog all the incoming items donated to the museum and do research on history inquiries.