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“Alfredo Arreguin: El Esplendor de la Selva” coming to Hallie Ford Museum

Alfredo Arreguin is an internationally recognized Seattle painter and printmaker who is inspired by patterns found in Mexican folk art and the lush flora and fauna of Mexico and the Pacific Northwest. A major exhibition of Arreguin's work, "Alfredo Arreguin: El Esplendor de la Selva," will open June 5 and continue through Aug. 15 at Willamette University's Hallie Ford Museum of Art.

Organized by museum director John Olbrantz, the exhibition will include 27 paintings and prints that span a 34-year period. As a special feature, Arreguin will discuss his life and work June 5 from 5-6 p.m. in the Roger Hull Lecture Hall at the museum. A reception will follow from 6-8 p.m.

For the past four decades, Arreguin has created fresh and vibrant works, featuring intricate patterns and designs found in Mexican folk art. His work includes iconic portraits of Mexican cultural figures and the lush rain forests of the Pacific Northwest. He portrays dense jungles populated with cats, birds, monkeys and reptiles as well as desert landscapes typical of northern Mexico and the southwestern U.S.

About Arreguin
Arreguin was born in Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico in 1935. He moved to Seattle in 1956 and earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in art from the University of Washington. He is the recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships and a Governor's Art Award. His work has been featured in dozens of solo and group exhibitions during the past 40 years. His art is included in public and private collections throughout the U.S. and Mexico.

About the museum
The Hallie Ford Museum of Art was founded in 1998 to serve as an artistic, cultural, and intellectual resource for Willamette University, the City of Salem, the mid-Willamette Valley, and beyond. 

The museum is located at 700 State St. in downtown Salem near the campus of Willamette University.  Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday from 1-5 p.m. The galleries are closed on Monday. Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for seniors and students. Children younger than 12 are free, and Tuesday is a free day. For more information, call (503) 370-6855.

04-26-2010