Family Activity Day: A Contemporary Bestiary

by University Communications,

Hallie Ford Museum of Art
Saturday, October 11, 2014, noon – 4 pm
Free and open to the public

Families and friends are invited for an afternoon of artmaking and storytelling among the menagerie to be found in our current exhibition, A Contemporary Bestiary. All ages welcome!

• Design your own creature using drawing media (and a little imagination) with Salem artist and art educator Sonia Allen.

• Create whimsical upcycled animal sculptures from recycled materials with artist and Founder and Executive Director of DIY Studio, Jessica Ramey.

• At 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., get to know a number of the animals featured in the exhibition through stories told by educator and storyteller Yvonne Young.


Sonia Allen is a painter, printmaker and art educator. As a teaching artist for Salem Art Association's Community Arts Education Program and Hallie Ford Museum of Art, she enjoys working with a diverse population. Sonia teaches homeschool and private lessons, and brings art to ministry at home and abroad.

Her Master's Degree is from the University of Northern Colorado, and homeschooling her four children offered the opportunity to infuse education with art.


Jessica Ramey is the Founder and Executive Director of the nonprofit organization DIY Studio. She enjoys collecting reuse supplies, connecting and supporting local artists, teaching classes, and creating reuse projects. She has a BS in Fine Arts from the University of Oregon and is a Master Recycler in Marion County.


Yvonne Young is an eclectic educator and storyteller extrordinaire. She offers storytelling workshops for both adults and children, and is available for performances.