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Maryhill Museum of Art

News Release

July 4, 2008


Media Contact: Leslie Wetherell

35 Maryhill Museum Drive

Goldendale, WA 98620


Family Fun Day at Maryhill Museum July 19 

--Fun Activities for All that Culminate in an Evening of Drama
at Stonehenge Memorial under the Moonlight--

GOLDENDALE, Washington - Maryhill Museum of Art is hosting a great day of family fun from 1 until 7 p.m. that includes art activities, music and theatrical performances. The exhibit Andy Warhol and Other Famous Faces opens to the public, and is cause for this exciting Family Fun Day. In the evening the museum is presenting the work of another famous face, W.B. Yeats. So come for the day, bring a picnic dinner and join the fun.

From 1 to 4 p.m. visitors can be a famous face too! Inspired by the portraits in the exhibit Andy Warhol and Other Famous Faces this program will help you to make your own self-portrait prints using Andy Warhol's "blotted line technique." As a commercial artist in New York in the 1950's, Andy used this technique to create illustrations of everything from his early advertising work to his whimsical drawings of animals.

Then to celebrate the special evening at Stonehenge, Maryhill Museum will be open to the public until 7 p.m. Families are welcome to explore the museum and picnic on the grounds. Bring your favorite picnic foods and something for the peacocks too! A free concert by the widely acclaimed Gorge Winds will be entertaining in the Maryhill picnic grounds from 5:30-6:30pm. 

A 7 p.m. the magic begins at Stonehenge Memorial, east of the museum just off Highway 14.  The day ends with the unique presentation of two short plays by 19th century Irish poet William Butler (W.B.) Yeats directed by noted actor and artistic director of the Classic Greek Theater of Oregon, Keith Scales. The setting is the iconic Stonehenge Memorial, a replica of England's Stonehenge built on the bluffs overlooking the Columbia River Gorge.  

And if the performances aren't enough, the evening will culminate as the full moon rises in the summer sky. The performance includes music, additional readings and dance. Actors are Jonah Weston, Stephanie Seaman, Zero Feeney, John Vergin, Mark Grafe, Mark Burdon, Stephanie Seaman, Charles Tyndall,  MaryChris Mass and Lindsay Matteson.        

T.S. Eliot described W.B. Yeats (1865-1939) as "...the greatest poet of our time -- certainly the greatest in this language and, as far as I am able to tell, in any language..."Yeats was also a remarkable playwright whose strange and powerful dramas still stand as landmarks in the development of European theatre. Yeats was largely responsible for a cultural renaissance in Ireland at the turn of the 20th century and in 1923 was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Connecting Yeats to the Pacific Northwest is Keith Scales, who was born and raised in London, England, and has been living and working in the Pacific Northwest since 1970 as an actor, director, teacher, organizer and writer. A familiar face to Northwest audiences, Keith has acted in more than 200 plays and directed nearly 100 in various theatres in Portland, Oregon. Keith has also received several research fellowships, including one to travel to the W.B.Yeats Festival in Sligo, Ireland.  The Stonehenge Memorial is located three miles east of the museum. Parking is available at the memorial and the performance is free, although donations will be accepted. The evening is sponsored by Windy Point Partners, LLC.

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See the exhibit Andy Warhol and Other Famous Faces:  During the 1960s American artist Andy Warhol (1928 - 1987) began to explore the iconic status of everyday objects such as his images of Campbell's soup cans and his portraits of such notable personalities as Marilyn Monroe and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. The work he produced established Warhol as the rising star in what was to become known as the Pop Movement. In the 1970s his fascination with portraiture grew and he began producing dozens of vibrant portraits that had a lasting effect on popular culture and art. This exhibit includes portraits by Warhol of The Beatles, Sitting Bull, General Custer, Geronimo, Queen Elizabeth II, Jimmy Carter, Marilyn Monroe, Liza Minnelli, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, and the emblematic Campbell's Soup Can (Tomato). Also shown are portraits by artists Jennifer Bartlett, Chuck Close, Osvaldo Salas Freire, Red Grooms, Jasper Johns, Jeff Koons, Takashi Murakami, Mel Ramos, Robert Rauschenberg, and Tom Wesselman. They portray Elvis Presley, Charlie Chaplin, Vincent Van Gogh, Ernest Hemingway, John and Robert Kennedy, and others. All work in the exhibit is on loan from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and his Family Foundation. The exhibit is sponsored by Puget Sound Energy.


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 A dramatic performance of two short plays by W.B. Yeats will be presented under a full moon at Maryhill Museum's Stonehenge Memorial at 7 p.m. on July 19. Admission is free.


For a 300 dpi resolution photo click here.



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