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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

One Big Happy Family

RICHMOND MAGAZINE | Harry Kollatz Jr.
The Gallery at UNOS' entrance announces the exhibition running through Oct. 29. (Photo by: Jennifer Simmons)
The Galleries at the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) on Friday opened to much Happy-ness. “Because I’m Happy” includes three generations of the Kuhn family, led by paterfamilias John Patrick “Happy” Kuhn, who for a long while hereabouts has been known as Happy the Artist. Because, well, doesn’t everybody want to be Happy?

The exhibition, up until Oct. 29, includes some 18 pieces in addition to prints by Happy — who is approaching the 75th anniversary of his nativity. It's his first gallery exhibition in decades, although he's made murals and art throughout the city, the state and across the country. He's worked like his life depended on it — because it did.

I have five great-grandchildren, four grandchildren and two wonderful ex-wives,” he says. Happy also has eight children and of them, two of his working artist sons are in the show, Max and Chance. Also represented is Happy's late sculptor/painter father, Robert E. Kuhn, (you can see more here) and Happy’s younger brother Nathan. He's got a massive wooden paint set on display. Chance’s wife, Annemarie Misik, is a designer and painter. Continue reading
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