By John Kaiser III – Navarro County Gazette

The Navarro Council of the Arts is proud to present it’s newest exhibit to the Warehouse Living Arts Center Gallery: Judy Gallin’s collection of paintings from the Croatian/Serbian War and other subjects. Gallin’s collection premiered January 11 during the WLAC’s 50 year celebration and will be running through March.

The WLAC is located at 119 West 6th Avenue, Corsicana, Texas. Gallery hours are from 10:00am to 3:00pm, Monday through Friday, or can be seen when attending their next production, Breakfast which opens February 18 and runs through February 27.

Judy Norwood Gallin, Phd, native of Corsicana, was a professor at the University of Texas, Tyler, when she was enlisted to become a war correspondent during the Croatian/Serbian War. She spent from 1991-1992 writing and photographing the atrocities of war. It has been a long-time goal of hers to put these images held in her heart into the painted form. These paintings and the stories behind them have created intense interest where they have just been shown in Phoenix, Arizona and Prescott, Arizona.

The painting shown here was chosen by the Scottsdale Artist School for the “Best & Brightest” juried show in April 2021.


“Mrs. Cook (Cookie), gave me a poem, “The White Magnolia Tree”, when I was 16. I had no idea that it would live with me and be repeated over and over again. My favorite lines are: “There is so little the serious heart requires: friends, faith, a window open to the world, pride in work well done, and strength to live in a world at war and still maintain the heart’s on private peace.” And, truly, these are the things in my life that have made all the difference!

John and Kitty Norwood had 5 children. I was second born and their only daughter. The only sister I ever had was my first cousin, Margie Gorman, Taylor. The highlights of my childhood were shared with her—as many highlights still are. My brothers, Joe David, Randy, Thomas Dewey, and Ronnie still remain my close friends. And, we all agree that the greatest gift our parents gave us was their love for each other. They showed us how to live in a loving relationship.

I graduated from Corsicana High School in 1959. I had wonderful friends, good grades and lots of fun there. When I graduated, I had a full scholarship to attend Navarro Junior College where I was a cheerleader and on the drill team. Then I attended The University of North Texas where I made good grades, was a Chi Omega and was on the university debate team.”

To read the rest of Gallin’s biography, you can download a PDF at the WLAC or NCA websites linked here.

This exciting exhibit is now on display until March at the WLAC Gallery, 119 W. 6th Ave. Corsicana

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