Partridge has big hopes for the exhibit.
Although the Sierra Art Gallery exhibit only will have around 50 portraits,
she said she intends to paint all the mug shots – 100 watercolors
and 13 acrylics – for future exhibits.
Because Partridge believes in the communal aspect of art, she also
invited about 15 people to use 12-by-12 inch Masonite panels to artistically
display photos, texts and memories about how they were affected by a
dui of substance abuse.
"That is going to be called Wall of Hope," she said. "It's
supposed to be cathartic."
Free panels will be available throughout the exhibit for people to
create a collage dealing with how they have been touched by dui and/or
substance abuse. A community Wall of Hope workshop also is scheduled
in the gallery on March 12.
"There's going to be a $25 fee, but I'm not going to turn anyone
away," Partridge said. "
It's to cover materials and the location. As the show travels, which
hopefully it will, that it will be different in every community and
I will do a workshop in every community."
She'd like the exhibit to travel, especially to colleges, she said.
But she thinks her chances of selling the artwork are nil.
"They're certainly not going to sell," she said. "I'll
take DUI No. 3."
Partridge said she found the distinctive qualities of each person and
exaggerated that in the painting.
"What has really struck me is the beauty of each individual,"
"They don't look exactly like their mug shot. And when I'm actually
painting their faces, I see this beautiful nose, or that this young
man is perfectly proportioned on each side of his face.
"This one has tension in her neck and her jaw. She's totally drunk
but she looks like a soccer mom."
And the watercolor medium, typically used in landscapes and still-life
paintings of fruits and vegetables, softens pictures of people on their
way to being behind bars.
"There was something about doing mug shots in this beautiful watercolor
medium that was kind of a juxtaposition that I found interesting,"
"To use watercolor for something like this seemed kind of funny."