Lecture, Sewing Circle, Family Activity Day Planned in Conjunction with Marie Watt: Lodge

Salem, Ore--In order to broaden the scope of the exhibition, Marie Watt: Lodge, the Hallie Ford Museum of Art at Willamette University has planned a lecture, sewing circle, and family activity day in conjunction with the exhibition during the month of March. Admission to the various programs is free.

On Friday, March 9, Marie Watt will present an illustrated lecture on her art, life, and career from 5-6 pm in the Roger Hull Lecture Hall in the Hallie Ford Museum of Art. Watt received her BS degree in Speech Communications and Art at Willamette University in 1990 and went on to earn her MFA degree in painting and printmaking from Yale University in 1996.

The following day, Watt will lead a sewing circle from 2-5 pm in the Sparks Center on the Willamette University campus, during the 10th Annual Social Powwow. Attendees will have an opportunity to talk with the artist, watch her work, and just like an old-fashioned sewing circle, sit down for a spell and stitch. Watt has led similar sewing circles at other venues where she has shown her work, including the Seattle Art Museum and the National Museum of the American Indian, among others.

Finally, on Saturday, March 17 from 12-4 pm in the lobby and Melvin Henderson-Rubio Gallery of the Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Willamette University student and museum intern Rachael Mayer will lead a family activity day for children and their parents. After participants have experienced the exhibition, they will create art projects inspired by the ideas and materials found in Watt’s work.

Marie Watt: Lodge is a mid-career retrospective exhibition for this nationally recognized Portland mixed media artist whose work explores human stories and ritual implicit in everyday objects. The exhibition opened on February 4 and continues through April 1, 2012 and will be shown at the Tacoma Art Museum in Washington State from June 11 through September 24, 2012.

Marie Watt: Lodge has been supported in part by a major grant from the Ford Family Foundation in Roseburg, Oregon. Additional financial support has been provided by The Camin Family Foundation; an endowment gift from the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, through their Spirit Mountain Community Fund; the City of Salem’s Transient Occupancy Tax fund; and the Oregon Arts Commission.

The Hallie Ford Museum of Art is located at 700 State Street (corner of State and Cottage Streets) in downtown Salem near the campus of Willamette University. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. The galleries are closed Monday. Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for seniors and students. Children under 12 are free, and Tuesday is a free day. For more information, please call 503/370-6855.