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Maryhill Museum of Art

News Release

May 8, 2007


Media Contact: Leslie Wetherell

35 Maryhill Museum Drive

Goldendale, WA 98620



Founder's Day at Maryhill

From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday May 17, Maryhill Museum of Art celebrates its founders, friends and members.  All are invited to join the celebration. "I urge everyone to come out and enjoy the many fun activities." says Colleen Schafroth, executive director of Maryhill Museum of Art.  "There is something for everyone."

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., get in your car and drive the historic Maryhill Loops Road, the first paved road in the Pacific Northwest. The road is located four miles east of the museum and is a popular attraction for Columbia Gorge residents and others. Admission to the historic Maryhill Loops Road is free. The first asphalt-macadam paved road in the Northwest, Maryhill Loops Road is a 3.5 mile course that includes 25 hairpin turns and scenic views.

At 11 a.m. in the Eye SEE Resource Room, the museum will be sharing a unique community art partnership between Maryhill Museum of Art and the Goldendale 4-H Public Adventures After School Program.  Under the guidance of artist Lanae Johnson, and assisted by Darla Simmons, students from the Klickitat County 4-H Program, Goldendale Primary School, Goldendale Home School, Goldendale Seventh-Day Adventist School, Wahkiakus Hilltop School and Girl Scout Troops 1660 and 412 painted images of clouds, forests, mountains and rivers inspired by the exhibit, Percy L. Manser: Grandeur & Light. These smaller landscapes were then arranged into one large landscape story that is currently on exhibit in the Eye SEE Resource Room until June 1 this year. Sponsors of this program are Access Electric and Heating, Inc. of Goldendale and the Goldendale Grange #49. 

From 1 to 4 p.m. be inspired by landscapes created by artist Percy Manser, and then create your own landscape using oil pastels in the Family Fun Day program, All About Landscapes. All ages and skill levels are welcome.

At 2 p.m. enjoy a special performance, Manser and Dolph--Mid-Columbian Men of Art developed by Manser scholar Jim Tindall and Hood River actor Tom Pencheon. The play explores the life and art of Percy Manser and his early exhibitions at Maryhill Museum curated by museum director, Clifford Dolph. Afterward explore the exhibition of Percy Manser's work, Percy L.  Manser: Grandeur & Light

At 4 p.m. join curator of exhibits Lee Musgrave and the artists for a guided walk through this year's Outdoor Sculpture Invitational. This annual exhibit in the museum's sculpture garden presents large-scale works by some of the Pacific Northwest's most noted sculptors including Gregory Glynn, Stuart Jacobson, Alisa Looney, David Miller, Dennis Peacock, Mylan Rakich and Tom Urban. The Invitational began in 1996 to complement the museum's Auguste Rodin Gallery and to showcase contemporary Northwest sculpture.

Related Events:
Percy Manser: Grandeur & Light
, March 15 - July 6
Percy Manser (1886 - 1973), an outstanding regionalist of his day, lived and worked in Hood River, Oregon between 1917 and his death in 1973. Born and educated in England, he moved to the Hood River Valley by way of Canada to become a fruit farmer. 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. Today his work is still admired and can be found in numerous private and public collections, including the U.S. General Services Administration Collection at the Portland Art Museum, Oregon Historical Society and Maryhill Museum of Art. The year 2008 marks the 60th anniversary of the first solo exhibition of his work at Maryhill and the museum is commemorating it with a retrospective of the artist's work that includes more than 40 paintings, photographs and documents. Sponsored by Humanities Washington with contributing support from Marylee and Doug Hattenhauer and Kate and Jack Mills.

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 Percy L. Manser (1886-1973), Mount Rainier, 60 Degrees North, ca. 1960, watercolor. Courtesy of Lucy Olwell.

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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