"A Contemporary Bestiary"

September 13 – December 21, 2014

Melvin Henderson-Rubio Gallery

A Contemporary Bestiary features work by artists from Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, and British Columbia who incorporate animal imagery in their artwork as a means to address a wide variety of issues. Organized by Director John Olbrantz, the exhibition includes paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings, ceramics, and photography by artists Rick Bartow, Rachel Denny, Alfredo Arreguin, Mark Calderon, Fay Jones, Robert McCauley, Sherry Markovitz, and Robert Davidson, among others. The exhibition opens September 13 and continues through December 21, 2014, in the Maribeth Collins Lobby and Melvin Henderson-Rubio Gallery.

The exhibition features 56 objects on loan from public and private collections throughout the region, including a number of objects from the permanent collection of the Hallie Ford Museum of Art. A wide variety of animals are represented, including Frank Boyden birds, David Gilhooly frogs, Gaylen Hansen fish and dogs, Ed Wicklander cats, Ted Wadell cattle, and Deborah Butterfield horses. In addition to the objects on display, the exhibition features a text panel, quotes from the artists, object labels, and quotes from James Lipton’s book An Exaltation of Larks.



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Exhibition Related Events


Evening for Educators
Tuesday, September 16, 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Hallie Ford Museum of Art
Advance registration for this free workshop is required by Sept. 12. Call 503-370-6855.
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Rainbow Creek Dancers
Saturday, October 4, 7:30 pm
Hudson Concert Hall, Mary Stuart Rogers Performing Arts Center
Admission to the dance performance is complimentary, although tickets are required.
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Family Activity Day
Saturday, October 11, noon to 4 p.m.
Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Maribeth Collins Lobby
Free and open to the public
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Tuesday Gallery Talks
Starting September 16 and continuing through December 16
12:30 p.m.
Meet in the Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Maribeth Collins Lobby
Free and open to the public
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Financial support for the exhibition has been provided by grants from the City of Salem’s Transient Occupancy Tax funds, and the Oregon Arts Commission.
Robert McCauley, [italics] Edge of Town II [/italics] (detail), 2012

Robert McCauley, Edge of Town II (detail), 2012

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