October is the last month of the local Artist Series at the Sherman County Historical Museum and is featuring oil paintings by Jerrine Belshe. Jerrine was born and raised in Grass Valley, Oregon and attended Grass Valley Grade School, Moro High School and was a member of the first graduating class of Sherman Union High School in 1957. Working and living briefly in Pullman, Washington, Jerrine and husband Jim Belshe headed back to Sherman County after Jim graduated from Washington State University in 1961 and began a lifetime of ranching and raising their 3 children.
Jerrine’s art experience began at a class in Moro, Oregon given by Loleta Miller Smith Martin in 1978. That painting she created at her first art class is among the amazing artwork and variety of pictures that she has on display this month in the museum lobby. Jerrine enjoys all types of art. Through the years she has tried different mediums, from pastels to watercolors and drawing but always seems to go back to creating with the oil paints. Jerrine has a love of drawing and painting and the challenge to bring a picture to life on a flat canvas with her pallet of colors. She still uses the rules she learned in those first art classes and continues to still have fun creating art.