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‘She Was Everyone’s Grandma’: Washington Art Exhibition honors Betty White

WASHINGTON – Fans from across the DC metropolitan area turned up for a special art exhibit celebrating the life of the iconic actor Betty White.

The Betty White Unites exhibition, which includes nearly 20 original works of art in honor of the late “Golden Girls” actress, was conceived by Margery Goldberg, owner of Zenith Gallery, an art gallery located in her private home in northwest Washington.

Goldberg, who has been an art curator for over 40 years, called a number of artists and commissioned works of art in honor of White. She was a longtime fan of the actress and was inspired to put together an exhibition that celebrated White after “so much division” in the country.

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

Betty White Unites exhibits at the Zenith Gallery in Washington, DC

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

The artwork – a mix of paintings, jewelry, sculptures and drawings – has been created by several local and national artists. Every piece in the exhibition is for sale. Fans of the comedian can see art by Brad Stevens, one of the country’s best realistic painters, whose works can be found in the National Portrait Gallery, or Jennifer Wagner, an award-winning artist who created a mosaic of white from the glass on a TV screen.

“She was everyone’s grandmother. And her ability to be genuine and off-the-cuff, that’s how we should all live our lives, ”said Wagner, noting that her piece took three days to make. “We should not say, ‘Now I have to step into this box, because I’m at this age.’ You should be real, and that’s why everyone loves her. ‘

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

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

“I used to watch ‘Golden Girls’ with my grandmother.” Olaf! “It was one of her favorite lines. And ate cheesecake with my grandmother,” said Brittany Fooks, one of the early visitors to the exhibit. “I love Betty White.”

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

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


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