Yard Art Exhibit Offers Free Films and Demonstrations

In conjunction with its forthcoming Yard Art exhibition, the Hallie Ford Museum of Art at Willamette University will offer a wide variety of free films, workshops and demonstrations this fall.

A series of film segments from the Canadian television series, Weird Homes, will be shown Tuesday, Sept. 23, and Tuesday, Oct. 21, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Roger Hull Lecture Hall at the Museum. Each segment focuses on a unique or weird home in the Pacific Northwest including Dick and Jane's Spot in Ellensburg, Wash., Richart's Ruins in Centralia, Wash., The Funny Farm in Bend and The Little Mansion in Roundup, Mont.

In addition to the two-part film series, two artist demonstrations are scheduled. On Saturday, Sept. 27, from noon to 4 p.m. in the Museum's downstairs' lobby, Portland artist Thomas Rude will discuss the origin and development of whirligigs in the United States and will demonstrate various carving techniques. On Saturday, Oct. 25, from noon to 4 p.m., Portland artists David and Patsy Britton will discuss birds and bird ecology in the Pacific Northwest and will assemble several different birdhouses from found objects.

Finally, on Saturday, Oct. 11, from noon to 4 p.m., a yard art workshop for children will be offered also in the lobby downstairs. Graduate students from the Willamette University School of Education will guide children and their parents in the creation of their own yard art pieces for their backyards.

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.