Willamette University, Students at the Mill Stream

Several new exhibitions ready at Hallie Ford Museum

"Warm Springs" by Kendra Larson, 2011, charcoal and acrylic on wood, 48" x 48," courtesy of the artist.

Kendra Larson: Landscape of the West

An exhibition featuring the works of Oregon artist Kendra Larson is on display through May 13 in the Roger W. Rogers Gallery at Willamette University’s Mary Stuart Rogers Music Center.

Larson’s paintings examine the nostalgic lens through which people view the mythical landscape of the West. The works, painted from photographs or sketches of Oregon sites Larson has visited, embody the idea of landscape as a reflection of personal memory. While they aim to record the physical appearance of the state’s mountains and forests, they also convey the sense of childlike awe and wonder experienced in wild places.

Larson, a visiting assistant art professor at Willamette, received a Master of Fine Arts degree in painting from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and has shown her work at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Ore., the University of Minnesota’s Nash Gallery in Minneapolis and the Overture Center for the Arts in Madison. Her paintings have appeared in publications such as The Bear Deluxe and Tree Sap Magazine.

The Roger W. Rogers Gallery is located in the Mary Stuart Rogers Music Center on the Willamette University campus. It is open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday during the regular semester. Admission is free. The exhibition is organized by Assistant Art Professor and Faculty Curator Andries P. Fourie.

Marie Watt '90: "Lodge"

A free lecture, a sewing circle and a family activity day are planned in conjunction with the opening of “Lodge,” a mid-career retrospective by Marie Watt '90, a Portland-based mixed-media artist. The exhibit runs Feb. 4 through April 1, 2012, at Willamette University’s Hallie Ford Museum of Art.

Watt is a nationally recognized artist whose work explores human stories and ritual implicit in everyday objects. Organized by anthropology professor and faculty curator Rebecca Dobkins, the exhibition will feature a range of work from the past decade — including stacked blanket sculptures, portrait blankets of Jim Thorpe, Ira Hayes and Joseph Beuys, and “Engine,” a felt cave-like structure that honors the act of storytelling.

When “Lodge” opens, education curator Elizabeth Garrison and museum docents will host gallery talks every Tuesday from 12:30 to 1 p.m., Feb. 7 through March 27. The museum will also host a workshop for teachers interested in using the exhibition within their curriculum.

On March 9, Watt will present an illustrated lecture about her art, life and career from 5 to 6 p.m. in the museum’s Roger Hull Lecture Hall. The following day, she will lead a sewing circle from noon to 4 p.m. in the museum lobby.

The museum will host a family activity day March 17 from noon to 4 p.m. in the lobby and Melvin Henderson-Rubio Gallery. There, families can create art projects inspired by the ideas and materials they see in the exhibit.  

Once the exhibition closes in Salem, it will travel to the Tacoma Art Museum in Washington, where it will be displayed from June 11 to Sept. 24.