Living Treasures Series To Be Shown

During the month of April, the Hallie Ford Museum of Art at Willamette University will present a two-part film series on contemporary regional crafts. The "Living Treasures Series," sponsored and produced by the Northwest Designer Craftsmen, documents the work, philosophy, and achievements of some of the most influential crafters, collectors, and craft advocates in the region. The series is free and open to the public.

On Tuesday, April 15, the first three films in the series will be shown. "Robert Sperry: A Northwest Master" focuses on the life of this important and influential ceramic artist who taught for many years at the University of Washington. "Ramona Solberg: Jeweler, Teacher, Traveler" highlights the life of this pioneer in the contemporary jewelry movement. Finally, "Russell Day: Living Art" focuses on the artist's early experimentation with glass and light modulation and his influence on a whole generation of glass artists, including Dale Chihuly.

On Tuesday, April 29, the next three films will be shown. "Harold Balazs: Creating Wonder" highlights the artist's career as sculptor, painter, jeweler, woodcarver, calligrapher, and mixed media artist. "Virginia Harvey: A Legacy in Fiber Arts" focuses on Harvey's life as one of the most influential persons of her generation to write, teach, publish, and do research on the textile arts. Finally, "Evert Sodergren: Master Woodworker" highlights the artist's career as a pioneer furniture maker who's innovative designs helped revolutionize the field.

The film series will be held in the Roger Hull Lecture Hall at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art beginning at 7 p.m. Each film runs approximately 30 minutes.

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 free, and Tuesday is a free day.

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