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January 8 - 31, 2015


Sally Haley: Selected Works
Michele Russol: Works from the Estate

First Thursday - Observerved January 8, 2015
First Thursday Hours, 5-8pm

Join us for a discussion of the life and work of Sally Haley and Michele Russo with Dylan Russo Lawrence Saturday, January 17, 11:00 a.m.

Sally Haley

Sally Haley
Untitled - Five Pears
oil on linen
50 x 37 inches

Sally Haley (1908 - 2007)
A well-respected and avidly followed painter in Oregon, Sally Haley created paintings that evoke a powerful presence. In oil, acrylic, and egg tempera, Haley rendered familiar objects such as baskets, drapery, flowers, eggs, fruit, and vegetables, in minimal environments. These images are elegantly simple in their content, but complex in their concepts and execution. This exhibition is the first one-person show of her work at the Laura Russo Gallery since 1997. It draws on a private collection and includes work ranging from the 1950s to 1990s, including not only her classic still lifes, but also an interior view featuring a self portrait, and another interior with multiple still life studies, that is complimented by a painting of similar content by her husband, Michele Russo, with whom she shared a studio for a brief period.

Born in Bridgeport, Connecticut in 1908, and raised in a family of artists, Sally Haley graduated from Yale University in 1931. She came to Portland and settled here in 1947 with her husband, artist Michele Russo. Through the years she had many one-person shows in the Northwest and was included in major museum exhibitions nationally, including shows at the Hubbard Museum in New Mexico and the Seattle Art Museum in Washington. She has been honored twice with retrospectives, one at the Portland Art Museum in 1975, which holds her work in their collection, and another at Marylhurst College in 1993. Haley received the prestigious Oregon Governor's Award for the Art, in 1989. Her work is also part of many public and private collections, including the Tacoma Art Museum, Washington; The Hallie Ford Museum of Art at Willamette University, Salem, Oregon; the American Telephone and Telegraph Company of New York, the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, California; and Kaiser Foundation and Portland Civic Auditorium in Oregon.

More examples by Sally Haley

Michele Russo

Michele Russo
MR 403 - Two Men
acrylic on canvas
58.5 x 56.5 inches

Michele Russo (1909-2004)
Throughout Michele Russoís life, he centered his attention on the human condition and consequently the ideals of man. In his art, he considered humanity in both its whimsy and its foibles. Stylistically, he developed an interest in the figure and a distinctive simplicity of form and line early on. He is best known for his paintings of the female nude in a variety of poses and settings. His figures, removed from specific meaning, go beyond the confines of the canvas to evoke universal qualities. This exhibition presents a series of paintings that focus on garments and accessories worn by female and male figures.

Michele Russo made significant contributions to the Northwest throughout his life. After graduating from Yale in 1934 and marrying fellow artist Sally Haley, he arrived in Portland in 1947. He taught at the Pacific Northwest College of Art for over 25 years and became an active advocate for the arts during the politically charged 1950s. He was a founder of the Portland Center for the Visual Arts and was the first artist appointed to the Metropolitan Arts Commission in the 1970s. Throughout his career, Michele Russoís work has been in major exhibitions nationally and is in many public and private collections. Russo was honored with a fifty-year retrospective at the Portland Art Museum in 1988. Most recently, his work was part of the Portland Art Museumís exhibition In Passionate Pursuit: The Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Collection and Legacy.

More examples by Michele Russo

Upcoming 2015 Exhibitions

February 5 - 28, 2015
Jo Hamilton -
Contemporary Crochet
Joe Macca -
Guest Artist, Recent Paintings

March 5 - 28, 2015
Michael Paul Miller -
New Work
Manuel Izquierdo -
Sculptures from the Estate

April 2 - May 2, 2015
Fay Jones -
New Work
Kim Osgood - New Work