Free “Family Activity Day” at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art Explores Colorful Turkish Textiles

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Free “Family Activity Day” at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art Explores Colorful Turkish Textiles

SALEM, Ore. — Families are invited to participate in an afternoon of art-making activities, weaving demonstrations and storytelling inspired by the colorful textiles in the exhibition, “Family Holdings: Turkish Flat Weaves from the Keith Achepohl Collection.” This free event will be held at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art on Saturday, Oct. 13, between noon and 4 p.m. 

Activities
Salem artist Sonia Allen will teach children how to create their own handwoven textiles. Wanda Jenkins, weaver and spinner from Scotts Mills, will demonstrate and provide an opportunity for visitors to try their hand at spinning with a Turkish drop spindle. An antique spindle and a sample of sheep fleece from Turkey will also be available to view. Portland weaver Pam Patrie will have three looms set up to practice the weaving techniques that can be found in the exhibit. At 1 p.m. and at 3 p.m., performing artist and storyteller-in-residence for the Salem Art Association, Yvonne Young, will delight all ages with Turkish folk tales.

The Exhibition
“Family Holdings: Turkish Flat Weaves from the Keith Achepohl Collection” features 46 Turkish flat weaves from one of the finest private collections in the United States. The exhibition includes superb examples of 19th and 20th century rugs (kilims), saddle bags, storage bags and dowry pieces that were made by the nomadic people of Turkey. For centuries these nomadic herders lived in black goat-hair tents and traveled with their sheep and goats from winter to summer pastures. The bold geometric symbols in their textiles reflected the hopes, fears, dreams and aspirations of the weavers who made them, ranging from a happy marriage and many children to protection from the evil eye. Photographs and nomadic Turkish music provide an additional opportunity for people to experience the lives of these remarkable people. This exhibition will continue until December 23.

 “Family Holdings: Turkish Flat Weaves from the Keith Achepohl Collection” has been organized by Director John Olbrantz and collector Keith Achepohl. Support has been provided in part by grants from the City of Salem’s Transient Occupancy Tax funds and the Oregon Arts Commission.

Museum Information
The Hallie Ford Museum of Art is located at 700 State St. in Salem. 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 on Monday. General admission is $3 and $2 for seniors and students. Children younger than 12 are admitted free and admission is free to everyone on Tuesdays. For more information call 503-370-6855 or visit willamette.edu/arts/hfma.

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Heybe saddle bag

Heybe/saddle bag
20th century, wool on wool with colored yarns, 55.75 x 18.5 in., collection of Keith Achepohl
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Tuylu
  
Tüylü/prayer rug
20th century, wool on wool with goat hair, 53 x 37 in., collection of Keith Achepohl
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Yastik

Yastik/pillow (opened) 
Early 20th century, wool on wool, 35 x 47 in., collection of Keith Achepohl
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Kilim

Yastik/pillow (opened) 
Early 20th century, wool on wool, 80 x 55 in., collection of Keith Achepohl
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