Local Museum Offers Free Films and Demonstrations
In conjunction with its current exhibition, "In Search of the Real St. Nicholas: Orthodox Icons from American Collections," Rev. George Gray, rector at St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in Portland, will perform a traditional blessing of the icons Friday, Nov. 14, from 6 to 6:15 p.m. in the Study Gallery at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art at Willamette University.
On Saturday, Nov. 15, from noon to 4 p.m., Oregon iconographer Heather MacKean will give an icon writing demonstration in the museum lobby. MacKean studied iconography in Europe, Canada, and the United States and has art work in numerous private collections throughout the United, Canada, and Great Britain, as well as in St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in Portland and St. Innocent Orthodox Church in Everson, Wash.
On Tuesday, Nov. 18, and Tuesday, Dec. 2, from 7 to 9 p.m., a four-part film series on the rise and fall of Byzantium will be shown in the museum's Roger Hull Lecture Hall.
On Saturday, Dec. 6, from 1 to 1:45 p.m., Rev. George Gray and the St. Nicholas Orthodox Church Choir will perform a special prayer service in honor of St. Nicholas, whose feast day is celebrated on Dec. 6. The prayer service will be held in the Study Gallery.
Admission to the demonstration, films, and other education programs is free.
"In Search of the Real St. Nicholas: Orthodox Icons from American Collections," which continues through Jan. 3 in the Study Gallery at the museum, is supported by a generous grant from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.
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. The galleries are closed on Sunday and Monday. Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for seniors and students. Children under 12 are admitted free, and there is no admission fee on Tuesdays. The museum will be closed from Dec. 24 to Jan. 1 for winter break.
For further information, please call 503/370-6855.