‘She Was Everyone’s Grandmother’: Washington Art Exhibition Honors Betty White

WASHINGTON – Fans from across the DC metropolitan area showed up for a special art exhibit to celebrate the iconic actor’s life Betty White.

The Betty White Unites exhibit, which features nearly 20 original artworks honoring the late “Golden Girls” actor, was the brainchild of Margery Goldberg, owner of Zenith Gallery, a fine arts gallery in her private residence in northwest Washington. .

Goldberg, who has been an art curator for more than 40 years, called a number of artists and commissioned artworks in White’s honor. She was a longtime fan of the actor and was inspired to put together an exhibition in honor of White after “so much division” in the country.

“People always say everyone loves Betty White. I just thought, this country is so incredibly divided,” Goldberg said told HuffPost. “I thought [the exhibit] would be something that unites people.”

The Betty White Unites Exhibition at Zenith Gallery in Washington, DC
The Betty White Unites Exhibition at Zenith Gallery in Washington, DC

As soon as you walk into Zenith Gallery, you are immediately greeted inside by a myriad of paintings, drawings, and other works of art. The Betty White Unites exhibit is located on the lower level of the house and you will pass several beautiful paintings on your way down.

The artwork – a mix of paintings, jewelry, sculptures and drawings – was created by various local and national artists. Every piece in the exhibition is for sale. Fans of the comedian can check out art by Brad Stevens, one of the country’s top realist painters whose work can be found in the National Portrait Gallery, or Jennifer Wagner, an award-winning artist who created a mosaic of white from the glass of a TV screen.

“She was everyone’s grandmother. And her ability to be real and casual is how we should all live our lives,” Wagner said, pointing out that it took three days to break her down. “We shouldn’t say, ‘Now I have to get in this box, because I’m this age.’ You have to be real, and that’s why everyone loves her.”

Jennifer Wagner's mosaic by Betty White, made from the glass of a TV screen.
Jennifer Wagner’s mosaic by Betty White, made from the glass of a TV screen.

The exhibition is free for everyone and will be on display until January 29.

“I used to watch ‘Golden Girls’ with my grandmother. “Back in St. Olaf!” That was one of her favorite rules. And eating cheesecake with my grandmother’, says Brittany Fooks, one of the first visitors to the exhibition. “I love Betty White.”

White died on December 31, 2021, just a few weeks before her 100th birthday. With a storied career spanning more than 80 years, the actor is perhaps best known for her roles as Rose Nylund in “The Golden Girls” from 1985 to 1992 and as Sue Ann Nivens in “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” from 1973 to 1977. .

“Betty White: 100 Years Young-A Birthday Celebration”, a documentary about her life slated for what would have been her 100th birthday, will still be in theaters on Jan. 17.

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