Sally Haley

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Sally Haley (June 29, 1908 – September 1, 2007) was an American painter. Her career spanned much of the 20th century and she is credited for helping to expand the emerging art scene in Portland, Oregon during the middle of the century.[1] Much of her work was an application of egg tempera, a technique which leaves a flat, brushless surface.[2] She preferred domestic subjects and interior spaces with hints of the indoor or outdoor space that lay beyond.[2]

Sally Haley was a native in Bridgeport, Connecticut.[1] She attended Yale University.[1] She moved across the country to Portland in 1947 with her husband, the late Michele Russo, who was also an artist.[1] A native of Bridgeport, Conn., Haley attended Yale University and moved to Portland in 1947 with her husband. Haley and Russo were a fiery, passionate couple, within a dedicated subculture of artists during Portland's mid-20th century. That group helped create a small but dynamic art scene. Like Haley and Russo, those artists, including Carl and Hilda Morris, Louis Bunce and William Givler, came from or often traveled to the East Coast, putting a vivid stamp on the intellectual climate of a seemingly provincial art scene geographically cut off from the art world's major centers.[3] Russo died in 2004.

Haley and her husband were part of a group of artists who helped to create a small art scene in Portland, which are now a part of the city's landscape.[1] Haley herself was widely known and praised by art critics for her portraits and still life paintings.[1] She held many solo and group exhibitions throughout her long career. 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 Arts, 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.  [4]

Haley was one of the muralists involved in painting post office murals as part of the Federal Art Project. She painted Mail-The Connecting Link in McConnelsville, Ohio in 1938. This twelve-foot-long painting is Haley's largest work. While living in Connecticut during World War II, she completed some paintings of the outdoors, but this was unusual subject matter for her.[2] [5]She preferred domestic subjects and interior spaces with hints of the indoor or outdoor space that lay beyond. 

Sally Haley died at an assisted living facility in Portland, Oregon on September 1, 2007 at the age of 99.[1] She was survived by two sons, Gian and Michael.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Sally Haley, famous Northwest painter, dies in Portland at 99". The Oregonian. 2007-09-02. Retrieved 2007-10-01. 
  2. ^ a b c "Sally Haley". Retrieved 2017-04-24. 
  3. ^ Rea, Larry Rippee And Molly (2015-03-30). "Larry Rippee and Molly Rea Art: Molly's Turn: Remembering Sally Haley and Michele Russo". Larry Rippee and Molly Rea Art. Retrieved 2017-04-24. 
  4. ^ "Sally Haley - Exhibitions - Russo Lee Gallery | Portland | Oregon | Contemporary Art". Retrieved 2017-04-24. 
  5. ^ "Sally Haley". Retrieved 2017-04-24.