Hallie Ford Museum of Art Presents a Garden's Majesty With "Botanica"

The Hallie Ford Museum of Art presents an exhibition that captures the beauty and magic of the formal garden with a mixed media installation by Montana artist Clarice Dreyer called "Botanica". This exhibit will open on Saturday, June 9 and continue through Saturday, August 18, 2001, in the Melvin Henderson-Rubio Gallery.

Dreyer's sculptures, cast in aluminum and bronze, include gazebos, arbors, birdhouses, carts, birdbaths and columns, often encircled with twigs and vines and cast in exquisite detail. Drawn from a variety of sources, Dreyer's installation incorporates the mysteries of nature with her memories of rural life, to create a metaphor for ordinary life as an aesthetic and spiritual existence.

Dreyer was born, raised and educated in Montana. She holds a bachelor of fine arts degree from Montana State University and a master of fine arts degree from the University of California, Berkeley. She has been featured in dozens of one-person and group exhibitions over the past 20 years, has been awarded numerous art commissions throughout the West and is the recipient of several fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Montana Arts Council.

As a special feature, Dreyer will discuss her work in an illustrated slide lecture on June 8 from 5-6 p.m. in the Roger Hull Lecture Hall, located inside the Hallie Ford Museum of Art.

The Hallie Ford Museum of Art is open Tuesday-Saturday from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Admission is $3 for adults, $2 for students and seniors and free to children 12 and under, Willamette University faculty, staff and students. For more information on the exhibit or related programs, please contact the museum at 503-370-6855.