Hallie Ford Museum of Art Closed for Winter Break

The Hallie Ford Museum of Art at Willamette University will close for winter break from Dec. 24 through Jan. 1 and will re-open Jan. 2.

Two special exhibitions are currently on view. "In Search of the Real St. Nicholas: Orthodox Icons from American Collections" continues through Jan. 3 in the Study Gallery. The exhibition features Russian, Serbian and Greek icons of the saint that date from the 16th through the 20th centuries. St. Nicholas was the Bishop of Myra in the fourth century AD whose generosity and special affection for children evolved into a custom of gift giving on his feast day of Dec. 6 and his gradual transformation into Santa Claus.

"Robert Jones: Abstractions" continues through Jan.10 in the Melvin Henderson-Rubio Gallery. Robert Jones is a highly regarded Seattle painter and professor emeritus at the University of Washington who creates large scale, abstract works characterized by strong compositional arrangements, bold lines, and intense colors reminiscent of the French Fauves and their German counterpoint, Die Brucke. The exhibition features a range of paintings from the past 15 years.

The Hallie Ford Museum of Art is located at 700 State Street (corner of State and Cottage Streets) in downtown Salem near the Willamette 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 Tuesday is an admission free day.

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