Artist Demonstration and Workshop Planned at Museum

Detail of artwork by Marita DingusThe Hallie Ford Museum of Art at Willamette University will host a second free artist demonstration and a jewelry workshop for adults in conjunction with its Recycled Art exhibition, which continues through Nov. 4.

On Oct. 21 from noon to 4 p.m. in the museum lobby, mixed media artist Marita Dingus will demonstrate how she fashions dolls, baskets and wall hangings from found objects. Dingus holds a bachelor of fine arts degree from Temple University and master of arts and master of fine arts degrees from San Jose State University. Inspired by African and African-American folk art, she is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and a National Endowment for the Arts Travel Grant to study and travel in Africa.

Jewelry artist and educator Laurie Hall will lead a jewelry workshop for adults entitled "Found Objects + Narrative" from 1 to 4 p.m. Nov. 4 in Room 301 of the Art Building on campus. Participants can bring their own found objects, saved memory pieces or personal photographs, or select from a wide range of materials on hand to create a unique, meaningful piece to wear in the tradition of found object and narrative jewelry.

Hall holds a bachelor of arts degree from Willamette and a master of arts in teaching degree from the University of Washington, where she studied with legendary jewelry teacher Ramona Solberg. Hall taught at Mercer Island High School and The Bush School in Seattle for many years and is represented by several galleries in the United States.

Admission to the workshop is free, but advance registration is required. Space is limited to 25 students and will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. To register, call (503) 370-6855.

Recycled Art is 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 admitted free, and Tuesday is an admission-free day. For more information, call (503) 370-6855.