Children and their families are invited to the Hallie Ford Museum of Art’s annual complimentary Family Activity Day on Oct. 15 from noon to 4 p.m. Find inspiration in the museum’s current exhibition Strange and Wonderful: American Folk Art from the Willem and Diane Volkersz Collection and then join Elizabeth Garrison, the Cameron Paulin Curator of Education, and local artist Sonia Allen for art-making activities in the Maribeth Collins Lobby. Draw your own “strange and wonderful” creature, create a picture out of clay, decorate a frame for your artwork and participate in storytelling with a Southern flair with Ken Iverson at 1, 2 and 3 p.m.
Artist Sonia Allen is a printmaker, painter and sketchbook artist who has taught locally since 1999. As a teaching artist for the Hallie Ford Museum of Art and the Salem Art Association’s Community Arts Education program, she teaches both children and adults. In addition, she facilitates art classes with Salem-Keizer Talented and Gifted Program, the Alzheimer Network, and the Salem Cancer Institute. Overseas travel has allowed her to bring art projects to children and adults in Brazil, Turkey and Canada, and she volunteers at Love Reins Ranch, a local non-profit equine therapy ranch for people with special needs.
Award winning Storyteller Ken Iverson is a founding member and past-president of the Portland Storytellers’ Guild. Offering Workshops on Beginning Storytelling and Personal Story Creation he has presented workshops coast to coast and throughout the Pacific Northwest. Ken tells original stories as well as traditional and contemporary folktales and myths from around the world for audiences of all ages.
Visit the Exhibition
Learn more about the Strange and Wonderful: American Folk Art from the Willem and Diane Volkersz Collection, on view now through Dec. 22 in the Melvin Henderson-Rubio Gallery at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art.
Willem and Diane Volkersz of Bozeman, Montana have collected folk and outsider art since the mid-1970s, amassing an extensive collection over the past 40 years. Organized by director John Olbrantz under the guidance of the Volkersz’, this exhibition features 108 objects by 32 artists that reflect the breadth and scope of this remarkable collection. Included in the exhibition are paintings, sculptures, drawings, ceramics, textiles, and mixed media works.
Family Activity Day is sponsored by the Willamette University Hallie Ford Museum or Art and has been provided by general operating support grants from the City of Salem’s Transient Occupancy Tax funds and the Oregon Arts Commission.