Beat the Heat with Free Admission at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art July 26-30

April Water, “Fresh Water Dance (Sun-cupped Bergy near Sheathbill Cove, Antarctica),”2020, oil on canvas, 42 x 42 in., courtesy of the artist.

The Hallie Ford Museum of Art invites the public to escape the heat wave with free admission, Tuesday, July 26 through Saturday, July 30. 

“It’s going to be a scorcher in Oregon this week, with temperatures approaching 100 degrees,” said HFMA Director John Olbrantz, “so we decided to forgo our normal admission fees and invite people to ‘beat the heat’ and enjoy the April Waters and David Roberts exhibitions for free in the comfort of our air-conditioned building.”

Visitors are sure to feel cooler after visiting the “April Waters: Water-Ice-Sky, Antarctica” exhibition, which is ready to transport viewers to a beautiful landscape with looming icebergs and frigid waters. The exhibition also reflects on how this land and its ecosystems are fragile and susceptible to climate change. Waters is a Salem, Oregon, artist well known for her works that focus on water and the landscape. In 2018 she turned her attention to Antarctica when she traveled to Palmer Station as a grantee of the National Science Foundation Antarctic Artists and Writers Program. Waters returned to her studio to transform her sketches, photographs and experiences into the series of paintings presented in this exhibition.

The museum is located at 700 State St. in Salem. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. For more information call 503-370-6855 or visit  

David Roberts, in collaboration with Louis Haghe, “The Great Temple of Aboo Simble” (Abu Simbel), “Nubia,” November 9, 1838, in “The Holy Land, Syria, Idumea, Arabia, Egypt, and Nubia,” vol. 4, 1842‒49, Royal Subscription Edition, hand-colored lithograph, collection of Ken and Linda Sheppard.

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