Exhibition Features Photos of Western Wilderness

A small exhibition of color photographs by Adam Bacher, a Portland photographer who captures the remote alpine regions and backcountry wilderness of the western U.S., will be on display May 24-July 27 at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art at Willamette University.

Adam Bacher: Earth, Water, and Sky will showcase an array of subjects photographed by Bacher, including the Oregon and Washington Cascades, the Sierra Nevada of California, the Sawtooth Mountains of Idaho, the Wind River Mountains of Wyoming and the rugged terrain of Glacier National Park in Montana.

In conjunction with his exhibition, Bacher will deliver a free lecture about his work Thursday, June 12, at 7 p.m. in the Roger Hull Lecture Hall at the museum. He also will offer a free nature photography workshop for adults Saturday, June 21, from 1-4 p.m. in the Roger Hull Lecture Hall and at Bush's Pasture Park. Enrollment in the workshop is limited to 15; pre-registration is required by calling (503) 370-6855.

Bacher was born, raised and educated in Michigan and came west to work on a PhD in international relations at the University of Oregon. He enrolled in a photography class at the university for fun, and it literally transformed his life. He abandoned his graduate study, took additional photography classes and has worked as a professional photographer ever since. Bacher has exhibited at the World Forestry Center and the Seges Art Gallery in Portland, and the governor's office at the Oregon State Capital in Salem.

The exhibition is been supported in part by grants from the City of Salem's 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. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. The galleries are closed 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 or visit