Santa Ana’s cultural legacy loses a key member with the passing of artist andÂ scribeÂ Janice Lowry Gothold, who died ofÂ liver cancerÂ in her Santa Ana home on September 20.Â She was 63.
OC Weekly named Gothold the area’s best visual artist in 2007.
Her work and journals are on display at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC.Â Â Gothold started keeping a diary at age 11 toÂ “prove” that she “existed.” And over the next 50 years, theseÂ journals became increasingly visual.Â The journals, 126 volumes with a collage-type body of work, became part of the Smithsonian Institution’s permanent collection.
A memorial service for GotholdÂ will be held at 2:00 p.m., October 10, at the Episcopal Church of the Messiah, 614 N. Bush Street inÂ Santa Ana.Â In lieu of flowers, the family has asked forÂ a donation in her nameÂ to Taller San Jose, a continuing education program for at-risk youths. Go to www.tallersanjose.orgÂ for more information.