William James McLarty

Portland, Oregon


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McLarty, William James 'Jack' 92 April 24, 1919 June 10, 2011 Jack died peacefully at home with his eldest son, Hugh, and beloved wife of 65 years, Barbara, at his side. Jack was born in Seattle, but grew up in Portland and considered it his home. A native of "Puddle City" in the...

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Wow bummer! I shared a studio next to Jack at the Troy Laundry building. I would hear him next door climb up on my ladder and look over into his space and say high. He was often just sitting in the sun reading a book. He was always cordial and never seemed to mind the interruption . One day I looked over the wall and said out loud hey Jack I stole one of your prints. He looked up startled and said what did you say. I laughed and said hey they had a silent auction at the design to wear show of...

Dear Mrs. McLarty, my college boyfriend purchased a woodcut for me in New Orleans called "Wings of Love" in about 1970. I still have the small framed artwork and have carried it with me across the country many times. Everyone always thought I was the sitter because the lady looked like me. I have such a personal relationship with this piece and have loved it for over 40 years. I am so sorry for your loss and I feel as if I lost a friend also although we never met.

Dear Mrs McLarty, I had the delight and pleasure of many a fine moment with Jack at Table Tennis for ten years back from 1971 to 1981. I would like to share he was a 'gentleman and truley a scholar' and I was proud to know him. I also enjoyed many of those same years playing tt with your son Charles. I share my condolances with you and Jack's family and the knowledge of how many people he touched in his life. Sincerely jim buchanan

Jack was a one of the important teachers in my becoming an artist and graphic designer. I first had Jack as teacher when I was in Children's Saturday classes at the Art Museum School in the late forty's, and starting in 1958 when I returned to the Art School as a full time student. Jack continued to serve as a friend and mentor through my art career. He served on the founding board of the Albina Art Center in Northeast Portland in the 1960's at my invitation. He was also a neighbor in...

Dear Auntie,
We are so sad that you have lost your life's partner and companion. But what an interesting time you have had!! Uncle's influence on the Portland art community,with your help, will be his legacy.
It was so exciting for us, as children to go to Portland to visit you and Uncle- you were not like any of the other relatives- you were different, and your house(gallery) was so interesting with all the paintings, prints,and art objects. I am so glad that I have a number of...

Dear Barbara and family, I remember Jack from years ago, The Image Gallery; he did several sketches (charcoal)of me, took photos, and did an oil painting too. (Someone bought it shortly after he painted it) Around 1967. I still have one charcoal sketch, and some photos he took. He was a great influence on the Portland art scene and will be so missed. His cohort, Dick Muller, was an art prof at PSU where I took art history and apprecialtion from who introduced me to Jack's gallery. ...

My sincere condolences. As a grade/high school friend of Spike (Hugh), I was fortunate to be able to visit the McLarty's home on the corner of NW 25th and Overton on many occasions, and appreciated the warmth, humor and grace of Jack and Barbara. It was a place where art flourished and ideas were exchanged with thought and enthusiasm.

I remember all the good conversations and the great art that we have from Jack. So happy that we had the opportunity to know Jack and Barbara. Patti and Bob Burke

We love our McLarty prints, books, and Mexican folk art collected from your trips. Jack was such a creative person and truly a Portland treasure. He will be missed.