History Pub Night with CC Nov. 28

Centralia College Trustee Stuart Halsan will be the featured speaker Tuesday, Nov. 28, at the Olympic Club’s History Pub Night.

Doors will open at 6 p.m. Halsan will speak at 7 p.m. His lecture is free and open to all ages.

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Roi Partridge – photo by Imogen Cunningham

Halsan will be speaking about one of Centralia’s most famous residents, artist and etcher Roi Partridge, and his wife, the accomplished photographer, Imogen Cunningham. Back in 1915, the artistic pair created a scandal that raised eyebrows all across the West Coast.

Roi Partridge was born in Centralia in 1888. He went on to international fame as an etcher, printmaker, and teacher. He studied in New York City, Munich, and Paris, and created an international reputation. He moved to San Francisco in 1917 and began teaching at Mills College in Oakland. He eventually became the first director of the school’s art gallery.

In 1915, in Seattle, he married photographer Imogen Cunningham. Imogen was born in Portland, but had trained in Seattle and traveled the world as an independent photographer.

Imogen sparked a scandal when she released a series of nudes that featured Roi frolicking at Mt. Rainier. The images were shocking for their use of a nude male in a style that had long been reserved for nude women. Several of the images were printed in the Seattle paper The Town Crier.

After a tempestuous, passionate relationship, Roi and Imogen divorced in 1934. They had three sons, including photographer Rondal Partridge.

Partridge’s etchings were honored with numerous awards and are represented in several collections, including the British Museum, the Brooklyn Museum, the University of California, and the New York Public Library. Imogen is considered one of the groundbreaking female artists of the early 20th century.

Halsan received his Juris Doctorate degree from Gonzaga University and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Washington. He minored in Art History and the Classics. He served the 20th District as a Washington State Senator (1984-88) and as a Washington State Representative. He is a longtime trustee for Centralia College and serves on the board for the Washington State Heritage Center Trust.

Nineteen of Partridge’s prints will be on display at Centralia College’s Kirk Library from Nov. 27-Dec. 8. The exhibit will reopen Jan. 1. It is free and open to the public from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays, 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, and from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays.

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