Artful Liaisons: Connecting Painters Grace Carpenter, Edward Espey, and Grafton Tyler Brown

Organized by the Grace Hudson Museum, this show explores the art and friendships linking three artists over 35 years. Grace Carpenter and Edward Espey, were students together at art school in San Francisco and close friends, if not romantically intertwined. Later, Espey moved to Portland, Oregon, and established himself as a landscape painter. In Portland, he developed a friendship with Grafton Taylor Brown, another landscape painter and the first significant African American artist on the West Coast. Brown had also spent time in San Francisco, as an artist and as a successful lithographer.. 

Museum staff are curating the exhibition with Mark Humpal, a gallery owner in Portland who is an Espey authority, and Robert Chandler, a collector/writer in the Bay Area who is an authority on Brown. The art work in the show comes from the Grace Hudson Museum collections, as well as loans from Mark Humpal Fine Art in Portland, the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, and private collectors in California.