~January 23, 2024~
Pat grew up in Milwaukee and graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. In 1971 she met her partner Kris Gleisner and in 1980 they moved to Sunny Valley, Oregon. The house they purchased was run down so they built a new one. Eventually they moved into town and lived in the same home for 25 years. They recently celebrated their 52nd anniversary prior to Pat's passing.
Pat was an art instructor at Rogue Community College for 35 years. Kris estimated that since the class size had to be at least 20 students, and there were two semesters each year, that Pat interacted with over 1000 people. The people who studied with Pat enjoyed her methods of teaching and learned a lot from her techniques.
Pat was an active community member. She was on the CoPA (Committee on Public Art for the City of Grants Pass) and chair for a number of years. During her tenure, the committee really got a lot of things accomplished. She was on the Grants Pass Tree Advisory Committee and the Josephine County Cultural Coalition. She was a wonderful member of the Museum's Exhibition Department and we all benefitted from her amazing knowledge and insight. She curated a couple of exhibits and was always on point with the organization and lighting of the art.
On the home front, Pat and Kris were foster kitten raisers. Pat estimated that they had raised (and adopted out) over 80 kittens. Today, Kris has six of the cats. Three were "foster failures" and they decided to keep them. Three were others they raised. Kris says the cats miss Pat, but they are getting used to her absence.
Pat told Kris she absolutely did not want a funeral or a celebration of life. Nor did she want an obituary in the paper. BUT - so many people want to honor her friendship and their appreciate of Pat. So, here's what we are going to do.
Please write a story of any length about your interaction with Pat. You can then put the stories in the mail to the Museum's PO Box or email them to me. If emailed, I will print them out and compile them for Kris. In this way, we can weave a quilt of caring about Pat for Kris.
Grants Pass Museum of Art, P.O. Box 966, Grants Pass, OR 97528
OR email: email@example.com