Who remembers the old series “The Night Gallery,” hosted by Rod Serling of Twilight Zone fame? In the beginning of each show, Serling did some opening intro dialogue in an art gallery setting setting. He’d unveil a macabre looking painting, that depicted the show’s storyline. You can see this show in reruns on the MEtv channel, which shows older TV programming. I was no more than five years old when the show aired and nine went it went off the air in 1973. I was not yet a painter but I was an artist on the inside and for that reason, the show’s painting gimmick hooked me.
Thomas J. Wright, who went on to direct The X-Files, was an artist for the show. Jaroslav “Jerry” Gebr did some paintings too. He started doing oils for the show’s pilot and went on to do acrylics. Steven Spielberg himself made his directorial debut on Night Gallery.
Actors and actresses of the era like Adam West, Joan Crawford, Roddy McDowell, Cloris Leachman, Mickey Rooney and Vincent Price acted on the show. The plots seem a bit silly now of course, and predictable but I can’t help but wonder, What became of those paintings?