Charlotte Gordon

Charlotte Gordon

Artistic Director, Southern Ohio Museum, Portsmouth

By Chris Slone


What movie deserves a sequel? While I usually find sequels disappointing, there are characters and stories that I would love to revisit. I have a passion for foreign films, my favorite being “Cinema Paradiso,” a 1988 Italian, bittersweet film directed by Giuseppe Tornatore. It would be great to see those characters and that community again.

What one piece of advice would you give to your younger self? To follow my instincts and intuition unfalteringly. And to spend more time with my grandparents.

Which family member influenced you the most? My grandmother had the gift of seeing the world with fresh eyes, as if for the first time. My father, a nuclear physicist, depicted a universe of unseen forces, giving me the ability to “see” what is not there. My mother, a quilter, gave me the passion to make thing with my hands and my siblings taught me to always laugh.

What book are you currently reading? “Color: A Natural History of the Palette” by Victoria Finlay. It is a wonderful adventurous book on the history of pigments from across the globe. I am also reading “The Woman Behind the New Deal,” a compelling story by Kirsten Downey of Frances Perkins, the first female Secretary of Labor and one of FDR’s closest confidants.

What do you love most about your community? I first fell in love with the vista — the river and hills are exquisite. The people are friendly, content and happy. Portsmouth has been through difficult times, yet, there is an upward trajectory. Every few generations small towns need to rethink and redefine who they are in order to not only survive, but also to grow and thrive. Portsmouth is doing this, using its cultural assets to bring about growth. It is an exciting time to be here.

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