Museum Plans Lecture and Discussion on George Johanson

'Dog Day,' 2003, acrylic on canvas, collection of the artist, Portland'Self-Portrait with Tropical Box,' 1972, oil on canvas, collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.'Nocturnal Beach,' 1984, oil on canvas, private collection, Battle Ground, Wash.The Hallie Ford Museum of Art at Willamette University will present a lecture and discussion on artist George Johanson, who has been a major force in the Portland art scene for nearly 60 years. Both events are free and are in conjunction with the museum's current exhibition, George Johanson: Image and Idea.

Prudence Roberts will present a slide show and lecture about Johanson as a printmaker, March 3 from 2 to 3 p.m. in the museum's Roger Hull Lecture Hall. Roberts is an art history instructor at Portland Community College and the author of numerous publications on regional art.

Curator Roger Hull will join Johanson to discuss his art and career, April 1 from 2 to 3 p.m. in the museum's Melvin Henderson-Rubio Gallery. Hull is a Willamette art history professor, curator of the Johanson exhibition and author of numerous monographs on regional artists, including Johanson, Carl Hall, Jan Zach and Charles Heaney.

George Johanson: Image and Idea chronicles the life and times of this distinguished Portland painter, printmaker and teacher whose work focuses on bathers, swimmers, artists and the streets and vistas of Portland, a place he has called home since the late 1940s. The exhibition is on display through April 1.

The exhibition has been supported in part by grants from the City of Salem Transient Occupancy Tax 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 Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. The galleries are closed Mondays. 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.