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Time In Place: Northwest Art From The Permanent Collection

The Hallie Ford Museum of Art. Salem, OR

September 18 – December 18, 2021

The Hallie Ford Museum of Art Fall exhibition titled Time and Place: Northwest Art from the Permanent Collection.

This link provides information about the exhibition and a list of all the artists included.


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Exhibitions Supported by Oregon Arts Commission Career Opportunity Grant

April received an Oregon Arts Commission Career Opportunity grant to support exhibitions:

Water-Ice-Sky Antarctica

The Hallie Ford Museum of Art. Salem, OR

May 14 - August 13, 2022

Giustina Gallery, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR.

January - February, 2023

Passing of Time, Iceberg by Litchfield Island

Oil on canvas

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Antarctic Journey

The Antarctic Journey page

Salem artist April Waters recently had the honor of being chosen by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to participate in their Antarctic Artists and Writers Program during the months of November and December in 2018. This opportunity allowed Waters to study the sea ice, ocean, icebergs, and the Maar Glacier at Palmer Station in Antarctica in preparation for her upcoming exhibit, Water-Ice-Sky,

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Antarctic journey: Waters on ice

Antarctic journey: Waters on ice A new frontier for Oregon painter April Waters, known for her waterscapes and large-scale portraits: a research station in Antarctica.

Read the Oregon Artswatch article on their website

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Oregon Artist, April Waters, Chosen to Participate in the National Science Foundation Antarctic Artists and Writers Program

Salem artist April Waters has recently been chosen by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to participate in their Antarctic Artists and Writers Program during the month of November, 2018. This honor allows Waters to study the sea ice, ocean, icebergs, and the Maar Glacier at Palmer Station in Antarctica in preparation for her upcoming exhibit, Water-Ice-Sky, intended for student and public engagement throughout Oregon and internationally.

Upon her return, Waters will complete an exhi

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April Waters featured in Salem Magazine, Spring 2018

Many works featured in the Spring 2018 edition of Salem Magazine.

View / Download the entire Spring, 2018 edition (PDF)

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Portrait of Dr. Sylvia Earle

Dr. Sylvia Earle was the winner of the 2009 Ted Prize. Her Ted Talk Wish:

I wish you would use all means at your disposal—films, expeditions, the web, new submarines—to create a campaign to ignite public support for a global network of marine protected areas; Hope Spots large enough to save and restore the blue heart of the planet.

Sylvia Earle is President and Chairman of Mission Blue / The Sylvia Earle Alliance. She is a National Geographic Socie

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Salem artist brings Medal of Honor recipient to life

Full story found in the Statesmen Journal

Every medal, insignia, and rank on Edward Allworth's World War I Army uniform is in the right place.

April Waters went to great lengths to make sure of that, enlisting the help of a military historian and a uniform expert to know where the awards and decorations belonged on his chest, lapels, collars and shoulder sleeves

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Three Works installed at Edward C. Allworth Veterans' Home in Lebanon

Waters' portrait of Major Edward Allworth was commissioned by Oregon Percent for Art and the Oregon Department of Veteran's Affairs for the Edward Allworth Veteran's Home in Lebanon, Oregon. Allworth was a Medal of Honor Recipient in World War 1. After distinguishing himself in war, he returned to Oregon and was the Director of the Oregon State University Memorial Union for over 30 years.

The portrait plus two additional paintings ("Seal Cove, Salmon River Estuary" and

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Confluence show listed on Salem Weekly News and Salem Magazine websites

April's two-person art show "Confluence" has been listed on the event calendars of local websites Salem Weekly News and Salem Magazine

Check out their stories below:

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Confluence: April Waters & Bets Cole

September 24 - November 5, 2016

  • A.N. Bush Gallery | Bush Barn Art Center
  • Reception: Friday, September 23, 6 pm - 8 pm
  • Evening includes a gallery talk by the artists at 6:15 pm

Printable PDF

Confluence presents paintings by April Waters and Bets Cole, two Oregon-based artists and friends who offer distinctive perspe

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Autumn Blueberry Fields

Oil on Canvas, 40 by 60 inches. Private Commission.

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Salem Art Association Permanent Collection on Display 50 Works /50 Weeks /50 Years Exhibition

This year the 50 Works /50 Weeks / 50 Years exhibit is celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Bush Barn Art Center with selected works from the Salem Art Association Permanent Collection. Paintings and Prints by notable Oregon artists include the work of Tom Hardy, Charles Heaney, Laverne Krause, Betty LaDuke, Lyle Matoush, Jack McLarty, the Runquist Brothers and April Waters. January 16 - December 23, 2015.

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Summer Waters, Pringle Creek

Oil on canvas, 36 by 40 inches, Private Collection.

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Water Reaching for Itself, Willamette Flood #3

Recipient of an Honorarium Award at the 'Oregon Artist Series, Northwest Art from the Collection of the Hallie Ford Art Museum', Salem Conference Center, Salem, Oregon, March 2014 to March 2015

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Art in Embassies Exhibition in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Art in Embassies Exhibition in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

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April Waters Interviewed by Willamette Valley Life

Read the interview given by Randy Hill with Willamette Valley Life in an excerpt from their Summer 2014 publication.

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Willamette Valley in Bloom

Oil on canvas, 38 by 56 inches. Commissioned work.

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Blueberry Fields featured by National Science Foundation newsletter

Painting "Blueberry Fields" featured in the National Science Foundation newsletter. Click here to download the publication, or here to view it on the National Science Foundation's website.

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Sawmill Falls, Opal Creek

Commissioned Work

26 by 30"

Oil on Canvas

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Rockwater, Opal Creek

'Rockwater, Opal Creek'

Commissioned work,

Oil on Canvas, 26 by 54 inches.

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Opal Creek Waters

Opal Creek Waters was commissioned for the Law office of Ryan Collier in Salem, Oregon

Oil on Canvas, 36 by 76 inches

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Opal Pool commissioned for Hermann Memorial Hospital in Houston, Texas

Opal Pool, Opal Creek Wilderness, 64 by 48 inches.

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Sheroes Exhibited at Living Future 2012-Women Reshaping the World

Living Future 2012 Program

The International Living Future Institute is hosting its sixth annual unConference, Living Future 2012, on May 2nd - 4th, 2012 at the Hilton Portland & Executive Tower in Portland, Oregon. Living Future is the forum for leading minds in the green building movement seeking solutions to the most daunting global issues of our time. Out-of-the-ordinary learning and networking formats provide innovative design str

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"Water's Touch", One Woman Show at University of Portland

University of Portland, Buckley Center Gallery

August 21 to September 21

5000 N. Willamette Blvd, Portland, OR

Gallery Hours: Mon - Fri 8:30 am to 8 pm, Saturday 8:30 am to 4pm

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'One Water' purchase by Oregon Percent for Art

The painting, "One Water", oil on linen, 36 by 88", was recently purchased by the Oregon Percent for Art Program. It is displayed in the new Health and Wellness Center at Western Oregon University.

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April's work displayed in Senator Jeff Merkley's DC office

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Sitka Art Invitational The Ecology of Art: Collaboration and Connection

November 5-6, 2011 - The 18th Annual Sitka Art Invitational will take place in Miller Hall at the World Forestry Center in Portland, OR (near the Oregon Zoo). With an anticipated 450 pieces of art by 120 artists, this promises to be one of the most comprehensive exhibits of work by contemporary Pacific Northwest artists.

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A showcase for Oregon art by Barbara Curtin

This city's biggest, boldest gallery - the tomato-red interior of the Salem Conference Center - holds a new art show that benefits this imposing space.

The Fourth Annual Mayor's Oregon Artists Series features work by 31 of the state's most respected artists. Entry was by invitation only - the most prestigious kind of show.

At Wednesday's opening gala, jurors will announce the Mayor's Grand Purchase Award winner. It will become part of the Salem Conference Center's permanent collection

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Art Focus by Kathleen Stephenson

Painter April Waters on her series of paintings called "Sheroes"

Guest host Kathleen Stephenson interviews painter April Waters about her series of paintings called "Sheroes," which is currently on exhibit through April 21st at Portland Artists Repertory Theater at 1515 SW Morrison.

"Sheroes" is an exhibit of larger than life portraits and water. The women in the portraits, Vandana Shiva, Malalai Joia, Wangari Maathai, Helen Caldicott, Amy Goodman and Maude Barlow, have all fo

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Salem Art Fair Unveils Vibrant Poster: Artist April Waters painted her favorite subject – water

By Barbara Curtain, Statesman Journal

If the 2009 Salem Art Fair & Festival reminds you more of the gardens of Giverny than Bush's Pasture Park — well, that's no coincidence. April Waters, the Salem artist commissioned to do the poster, admires impressionist painter Claude Monet. She plans to visit his studio and gardens in France this summer. Given the freedom to create art of any kind for the fair, she chose a Monet-esque study of water rather than a lit

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Healing Art: Medical centers see a health investment in gardens, trickling water, aesthetic forms and incorporating local artists' paintings

By Barbara Curtain, Statesman Journal

If you've been a hospital patient or kept vigil for a loved one, you may know about sterile, artificially lit rooms that seem devoid of a human touch. They're a far cry from the new patient-care tower at Salem Hospital and a growing number of other medical settings that embrace "evidence-based design." Natural light, views of green spaces and the sight and sound of running water surely are more pleasant than what institu

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Art About Agriculture 2009: Across the Pacific Northwest

April 7 opening at OSU LaSells Stewart Center, Tuesday April 7, 2009 from 6:30 to 8:30. The LaSells Stewart Center is located at the corner of Western Avenue and 26th Street.

Water Reaching For Itself #2

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