An "Artists' Conversation" on Charles Heaney

In order to celebrate the conclusion of Charles E. Heaney: Memory, Imagination, and Place, a special "artists' conversation" on Heaney will take place Sat., March 19, at 2 p.m. in the Melvin Henderson-Rubio Gallery of the Hallie Ford Museum of Art at Willamette University.

Artists Jack McLarty, Paul Missal and Harry Widman will share their personal insights about Heaney and discuss his painting techniques and methods. Willamette Professor Roger Hull, who guest-curated the Heaney exhibition, will moderate.

Charles E. Heaney (1897-1981) was a highly regarded Oregon painter and printmaker who created a powerful body of work over a 60-year period that is remarkable for its consistency, enormity, and complex emotional expressiveness. A major retrospective of Heaney's work continues through March 19 at the Hallie Ford Museum. The exhibition features more than 100 works drawn from regional collections.

In addition, a number of new donations will be featured in the Carl Hall Gallery, which houses the Hallie Ford Museum of Art's permanent collection of historic and contemporary regional art. New donations include Alan Flavelle's Indian Canoe Race from 1941 and Martina Gangle Curl's Poor Sadie from 1942, among others. Both Flavelle and Curl were contemporaries of Charles Heaney.

Charles E. Heaney: Memory, Imagination, and Place has been supported by Willamette University and by contributions from friends, relatives, and collectors of Charles Heaney.

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.

In honor of regional art in general and Charles Heaney in particular, admission to the Hallie Ford Museum of Art will be free on Saturday, March 19.

For further information, please call 503-370-6855.