Melville Wire: Oregon Impressionist

Melville Wire (1877-1966) was an ordained minister in the United Methodist Church who served as a pastor in Oregon for more than 60 years. In addition, he was an accomplished landscaper painter and printmaker who captured the diverse landscape of the region, from the lush and fertile valleys of western Oregon to the high desert of eastern Oregon, and from the beaches of the Oregon Coast to the deep forests of the Cascades.

A small exhibition of Wire's paintings opens March 12 and continues through May 6 in the Study Gallery at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art at Willamette University. A companion exhibition of his prints will open March 26 and continue through May 21 in the Roberts Family Print Study Center. Organized by Ginny Allen, an independent curator and writer, and Greg Nelson, an attorney and Wire collector, the exhibitions feature a broad range of works that reflect Wire's career and travels and the geographic diversity of the state.

In conjunction with the exhibition, Allen and Nelson will give a joint power point presentation on Melville Wire as a painter, printmaker, and pastor Thursday, March 31, at 7 p.m. in the Roger Hull Lecture Hall at the Hallie Ford Museum. Admission is free.

The Hallie Ford Museum of Art is located at 700 State Street (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 on Sunday and Monday. Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for seniors and students. Children under 12 are admitted free and Tuesday is an admission-free day.

For further information, please call 503-370-6855.