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The Arts at Willamette: Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Theatre, Music

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Hallie Ford Museum of Art: Current Exhibitions

Flat Weaves

Family Holdings: Turkish Flat Weaves from the Keith Achepohl Collection 

Melvin Henderson-Rubio Gallery

Sept. 15 – Dec. 23

Explore the nomadic textiles of Turkey in this colorful exhibition that features 46 flat weaves from one of the finest private collection in the United States.

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The World in the Palm of Your Hand: Chinese Snuff Bottles from Pacific Northwest Collections 

Snuff bottles

Study Gallery

Aug. 25 – Nov. 4

Become pleasantly lost in the magical and miniature world of these remarkable bottles that became an important art form among the elite of China for over a 250-year timespan.

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Ray Trayle: Prints from the Legendary Presses 

Print Study Center


Aug. 25 – Nov. 4

Over the course of his career, machinist Ray Trayle lovingly designed and hand-built over 60 printing presses for artists and institutions throughout the Pacific Northwest. This exhibition features 34 prints from the Ray Trayle collection and was organized by Reva Main ’12.

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Children and families are invited to an afternoon of fun activities at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art on Oct. 13 

“Family Activity Day” is a free event that features an afternoon of artmaking, weaving demonstrations and storytelling inspired by the colorful textiles that are found in the current special exhibition, 

Family day

Family Holdings: Turkish Flat Weaves from the Keith Achepohl Collection.

  • Explore the weaving process and create your own handwoven textile piece with artist Sonia Allen
  • Watch weavers Wanda Jenkins and Pam Patrie spin wool and weave on a loom in the style of Turkish tribal artisans
  • Join storyteller Yvonne Young for Turkish folk tales  (at 1 p.m. and at 3 p.m.)

For more information call 503-370-6855.

The Willamette University "Experience the Arts" package provides a year full of the arts

As the holiday season approaches and the search for special gifts begins, consider combining the visual arts, music and theatre into one Willamette deal. The Willamette University "Experience the Arts" package, assembled by the groups involved, provides a year packed full of memorable activities and experiences.

The package includes:

  • A Family/Dual Membership to the Hallie Ford Museum of Art
  • Two tickets to one of the Grace Goudy Distinguished Artist Series performances
  • Two Willamette University Theatre production tickets

Price: Save 18% at the special rate of $100 ($42.37 is tax deductible).

For more information call 503-370-6867.

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WU Theatre: Comic mediation of life presented in “The Dog & Pony Show” 

A blend of autobiography, animal behavior and bald-faced lies, “The Dog & Pony Show (Bring Your Own Pony),” is playing at Willamette University Oct.  19. 

For one night only, writer Holly Hughes will present a poetic and comic mediation on her life, describing how she quit preaching to the perverted as a professional lesbian to take a real job at a prestigious university. During her monologue, she talks about everything from her partner and their nine dogs to lesbianism and the message of “The Wizard of Oz.” 

Dog and Pony Show

The show opens at 7:30 p.m. in Rogers Music Center’s Hudson Hall. 

Rachel Kinsman Steck, a Willamette theatre professor, first saw Hughes’ show in Chicago in 2010. Based on that experience, she advocated bringing Hughes to Willamette.

“Holly Hughes tells a story that is both personal and relatable to everyone,” Steck said. “We are going to laugh with her. We’re going to cry with her. We’ll understand our lives for the better through her.”

To Steck, Hughes is one of the most profound artists of our time. By the end of the evening, she said audience members will leave the theatre transformed. 

“She’s become one of my mentors and my heroes,” Steck said. “She’s a radical, feminist lesbian. She’s also funny, warm and filled with joy. I brought her to Willamette to tell a story.”

Hughes is a writer and performer, whose works include “Dress Suites to Hire,” “Let Them Eat Cake,” “World Without End,” and “Preaching to the Perverted.” 

The 2010 Guggenheim Fellow is an associate professor at the University of Michigan, with appointments in art and design, theatre and drama and women’s studies. She is also co-editor with David Roman of “O Solo Homo: The New Queer Performance,” which received a Lambda Book Award.

Tickets for “The Dog & Pony Show (Bring Your Own Pony)” cost $20 each and are available at the door, by calling the WU Theatre Box Office at 503-370-6221 or by e-mail at thtr-tix@willamette.edu

They are also available at www.boxofficetickets.com and at Travel Salem, 181 High St., 503-581-4325.

Music: Faculty Recital Series presents Natalie Gunn, soprano, and Susan McDaniel, piano 

Natalie Gunn

Come to campus Oct. 14 to enjoy lush art songs by Berlioz, Mahler, Milhaud & Debussy, along with stunning American songs set to Emily Dickinson poems that all celebrate the abundance of life. The recital will feature Willamette Professor Natalie Gunn, accompanied by pianist Susan McDaniel, and will take place on Sunday, Oct. 14 at 3 p.m. in Hudson Hall.

Gunn’s voice and artistry bring colorful interpretations to the concert and opera stages. The Oregonian recently acclaimed, "She was a natural on stage, her warmth and easy grace a match for her supple, flexible voice." Gunn has been honored by several major artist competitions, including NATSAA, the National Opera Association, the Metropolitan Opera National Council, and the Gerda Lissner Foundation in New York City.

Gunn will be accompanied by exceptional pianist Susan McDaniel, who has performed solo and chamber music throughout the United States as well as in France, Germany, Switzerland, and the Czech Republic. A graduate of Linfield College and the Manhattan School of Music, McDaniel has played for the Seattle Opera, the Utah Festival Opera, the Puget Sound Concert Opera, and the San Diego Opera Ensemble.

No advance tickets are necessary. Suggested donation at the door will be $8 for adults; $5 for students. Free to Willamette faculty, staff and students with I.D.

For further information, contact the music department at 503-370-6255 or email dtrevett@willamette.edu.