Museum Plans Artist Demonstration and Family Activity Workshop

Ross Palmer Beecher, 'George Washington,' 2000, wire-stitched metal, paint, wood, glass, found objects.The Hallie Ford Museum of Art at Willamette University has planned an artist demonstration and family activity workshop in conjunction with its Recycled Art exhibition, which is on display until Nov. 4.

On Sept. 23 from noon to 4 p.m., mixed media artist Ross Palmer Beecher will make traditional quilts and flags from aluminum cans and other found objects. Beecher attended the Rhode Island School of Design and has lived and worked in Seattle since the late 1970s. She has been featured in numerous one-person and group exhibitions and was the recipient of the Betty Bowen Award in 2002, which is given by the Seattle Art Museum to visual artists in the Northwest.

Recycling artist and "Dumpster Diving Diva" Diane Kurzyna will lead a family activity workshop entitled "Curious Creatures" from noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 7. Participants will create interesting and unusual beasts from telephone wire, fabric scraps, bottle caps, candy wrappers and other junk. Kurzyna is a graduate of Rutgers University and an artist-in-residence with the Washington State Arts Commission. Learn more about Kurzyna at

Both the artist demonstration and family activity workshop will be held in the lobby of the museum. Admission to both is free.

Recycled Art has been supported in part by grants from the City of Salem Transient Occupancy Tax funds and the Oregon Arts Commission.

The Hallie Ford Museum of Art is located at 700 State St. (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 Sunday and Monday. Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for seniors and students. Children younger than 12 are free, and Tuesday is an admission-free day. For more information, please call (503) 370-6855.