Museum Opens Exhibition of Seattle Painter

'The Art Student,' 1990, acrylic and collage on paper, Microsoft Art Collection, Redmond, Wash.'Out of Harm's Way,' 2003, acrylic and sumi ink on paper, private collection, Seattle'Love Lies Bleeding (Amaranth),' 1997, acrylic and sumi ink on paper mounted on wood, private collection, Portland'Yellow Skirt,' 2004, acrylic on paper, collection of Harsch Investment Properties, PortlandA major solo exhibition of work by Seattle narrative and symbolist painter Fay Jones will open Nov. 18 and continue through Jan. 20 at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art at Willamette University.

In conjunction with the exhibition, titled Fay Jones: Painted Fictions, the artist will present a slide show and lecture about her work from 5 to 6 p.m. Nov. 17 in the Roger Hull Lecture Hall at the museum. A preview reception will follow from 6 to 8 p.m. in the lobby and galleries downstairs.

Organized by director John Olbrantz, the exhibition will include Jones' work from the past 15 years from Portland and Seattle collections, including the Microsoft Corporation, the Tacoma Art Museum, Harsch Investments and the Hallie Ford Museum of Art. Although Jones has shown in Portland since the late 1980s, the exhibition represents the first time a broad survey of her work has been seen in Oregon.

Fay Jones was born in Boston in 1936 and received her bachelor of fine arts degree in 1957 from the Rhode Island School of Design. In 1960, she moved to Seattle with her husband, Robert Jones, who accepted a position on the art faculty at the University of Washington. Although Fay Jones continued to paint in the 1960s and '70s, her artistic career took off in the early '80s as curators and collectors began to take a keen interest in figurative narration. Jones deals with a variety of autobiographical issues in her work.

Fay Jones: Painted Fictions is 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 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. The galleries are closed Sunday and Monday and will be closed Dec. 23 through Jan. 2 for winter break. 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.