Mexican folk art exhibition at Hallie Ford Museum of Art

For the past four decades, Seattle painter and printmaker Alfredo Arreguin and his wife Susan Lytle have collected Mexican folk art during their many trips to Mexico. A small exhibition of their collection will be displayed May 29-Aug. 1 at Willamette University's Hallie Ford Museum of Art.

Organized by Director John Olbrantz and the collectors, the exhibition will feature work in a variety of media, including wooden masks, ceramic vessels, carved animals and papier-mâché skeletons. Mexican folk art is deeply rooted in social, economic and cultural life.

The exhibition will coincide with a major exhibition of Arreguin's work, which is inspired by Mexican folk art. "Alfredo Arreguin: El Esplendor de la Selva," on display June 5-Aug. 15 at the museum, will feature paintings and prints from the past 40 years.

About the museum
The Hallie Ford Museum of Art 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. 

The museum 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 1-5 p.m. The galleries are closed on Monday. Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for seniors and students. Children younger than 12 are free, and Tuesday is a free day. For more information, call (503) 370-6855.