New Exhibit Opens June 14 at Hallie Ford

A major exhibition of work by Gaylen Hansen, a nationally recognized Washington painter who lives and works in the Palouse region of eastern Washington, will open June 14 and continue through Aug. 23 in the Melvin Henderson-Rubio Gallery of the Hallie Ford Museum of Art at Willamette University. The exhibition features a range of works created over the past 20 years.

Hansen received his MFA degree from the University of Southern California in 1953 and moved to eastern Washington in 1957 to accept a teaching position at Washington State University, a position he held until his retirement in 1982.

Over the years, Hansen explored a wide variety of different styles until the mid-1970s, when he opted to "paint what amused him primarily." Central to his work since that time is a character known as the Kernal, a Western vagabond whose exploits in the wilds of the Palouse region of eastern Washington are filled with animals of gigantic proportions, front porch humor, and wildly improbable twists of fate. Through the character of the Kernal, Hansen, a relentless storyteller and raconteur, melds nature, anecdote, and a variety of art historical sources to create a wonderfully inventive and quirky mythology of place.

Hansen will present an illustrated slide lecture on his work Friday, June 13, from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Roger Hull Lecture Hall. 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 Willamette University campus. 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 Tuesdays are admission free.

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