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Maryhill Museum of Art

News Release

April 10, 2008


Media Contact: Leslie Wetherell

35 Maryhill Museum Drive

Goldendale, WA 98620




Maryhill Museum of Art Offers Plein Air Oil Painting Workshop May 10

Artist Eric Jacobsen to Lead Participants in Open Air Painting


GOLDENDALE, Washington --- Maryhill Museum of Art is offering a workshop on en plein air painting with artist Eric Jacobsen Saturday May 10, 2008, 9 a.m. until noon.  Space is limited to fifteen students for this four-hour long workshop. Cost is $50 and a materials list will be provided.  Advance registration is required.

This workshop is an introduction to en plein air painting.   En plein air is a French expression meaning "in the open air". "This is a wonderful opportunity to learn a little about the French en plein air technique and enjoy the wildflower blooms at Maryhill Museum of Art" states Maryhill's curator of education, Carrie Clark.

Eric Jacobsen is a "plein air" painter and his true inspiration is the amazing beauty that he sees in nature. He takes his oils wherever he goes, setting up on site, and working until his painting is finished.  Eric shows his work nationally and has won several awards including the Yankee Magazine Robb Sagendorph Memorial Award from the Copley Society in Boston, the Award of Merit at the Oil Painters of America Northwest Regional Exhibition held at the Howard/Mandville Gallery in Kirkland, Washington, and was honored as one of the Top 16 Emerging Artists of 2001 by Arts & Antiques Magazine.  Eric was born and raised in New England and currently resides with his wife, son and daughter in Trout Lake, Washington where he paints and teaches.

For more information, or to register for this workshop, please contact the Education Office at 509-773-3733 or email 

Related Events: 
Percy L. Manser: Grandeur & Light (March 15 - July 6, 2008). Manser (1886-1973) was an outstanding regionalist of his day, who lived and worked in Hood River, Oregon. Inspired by the grandeur of the mountains and valleys of the region, he began to paint landscapes that quickly became widely popular with residents throughout the Columbia River Gorge. The exhibit marks the 60th anniversary of Manser's first solo exhibition at Maryhill Museum and includes more than 50 paintings, photographs and documents. 

Wildflower Display:  Throughout the months of April and May, Maryhill Museum of Art is surrounded by a stunning display of native wildflowers. Phlox, balsam, lupine and others bring a riot of colors to the hillsides surrounding the museum.

Experience the Enchantment: About Maryhill Museum of Art.  Perched on a stunning 5,000-acre site overlooking the scenic Columbia River Gorge, Maryhill Museum of Art contains a world-class collection of artwork that ranges from early 20th century European works to Native American objects.  This award-winning museum, founded by Northwest entrepreneur and visionary Sam Hill, opened to the public in 1940.  Outside the museum is an Outdoor Sculpture Garden, Lewis and Clark interpretive panels and a life-sized replica of Stonehenge.

The museum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., March 15 to November 15. Admission fees are $7 for adults, $6 for seniors and $2 for children age 6-16. Maryhill is located off Highway 97, 12 miles south of Goldendale, Washington. Drive times to the museum are 2 hours from Portland/Vancouver, 3.5 hours from Bend, 4 hours from Seattle, and 1.5 hours from Yakima. Visit for more information.

Photography Eric Jacobsen, Fall Gold, oil on canvas.

For a 300 dpi resolution photo click here.



Maryhill Museum of Art | 35 Maryhill Museum Drive | Goldendale, WA 98620 | 509-773-3733
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