Carl Hall Gallery to Re-Open at Hallie Ford Museum of Art

The Carl Hall Gallery, which houses the Hallie Ford Museum of Art's collection of historic and modern regional art, is scheduled to re-open Thursday, March 4, after three months of renovations.

According to director John Olbrantz, the newly reconfigured gallery will tell the story of Oregon art from the early part of the 20th century to the present. It will feature a new layout, new lighting, a new color scheme and other improvements designed to enhance the visitor's experience.

To celebrate the re-opening, the museum will present a family activity workshop Saturday, March 6, from noon to 4 p.m. Led by education curator Elizabeth Garrison, the drop-in workshop will feature several hands-on activities related to landscape painting and relief sculpture. The workshop is free and open to the public.

Many of the objects on view in the Carl Hall Gallery were acquired through the Maribeth Collins and Stephan Soihl Art Acquisition Funds. Collins is a Portland philanthropist and Soihl is a Portland artist and teacher.

The re-installation of the gallery was a collaborative project organized by the museum staff: Olbrantz; Roger Hull, professor of art history and faculty curator; Jonathan Bucci, collection curator; Elizabeth Garrison, education curator; and David Andersen, exhibition designer/chief preparator.

The museum was founded in 1998 to serve as an artistic, cultural and intellectual resource for Willamette University, the City of Salem, the mid-Willamette Valley and beyond. It includes four permanent galleries and two temporary exhibition spaces. Permanent galleries focus on European, Asian and American art, Native American baskets, historic and contemporary regional art, and European and American works on paper. Temporary exhibitions feature historic and contemporary art.

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, $2 for seniors and students and free for children younger than 12. Tuesday is a free day. For more information, call (503) 370-6855.