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Cape Cod Artists Featured at Maryhill Museum of Art This Summer
The Subject is Light will be on View June 9 – September 3, 2012
(GOLDENDALE, Wash., June 6, 2012) – The exhibition The Subject Is Light: The Henry and Sharon Martin Collection of Contemporary Realist Paintings will be on view at Maryhill Museum of Art June 9 - Sept 3, 2012.

Henry and Sharon Martin began collecting art about 30 years ago and built what is arguably the strongest collection of Hudson River School Luminist paintings in private hands today. In the mid-1990s the Martins expanded their focus to the living artists of Cape Cod, assembling an outstanding group of contemporary representational paintings by leading regional artists of the genre. The Martins’ particular interest is artists who are skilled at depicting the changing effects of light, similar to that found the best 19th-century works.
Henry Martin says, “When we’ve looked at the same picture 100 times, we want to look at it for the 101st time and still see something new." The Subject Is Light includes 27 still lifes, landscapes, and seascapes that possess this quality. Henry and Sharon Martin will speak at Maryhill Museum of Art on Saturday, July 14 at 3 p.m. as part of a program titled "The Joy of Collecting."
The 11 artists featured in the exhibition received their training in diverse ways. Some were largely self-taught, while others came from families with an art background or trained at art school. Several artists included in the exhibition have ties to R.H. Ives Gammell, an influential American realist. Gammell’s passionate belief in representational art influenced the work of Robert Douglas Hunter, Pam Pindell, Joe McGurl and Jacob Collins, who are all featured in this exhibition. Gammell also had a close connection to the first director and curator at Maryhill Museum of Art, Clifford Dolph.

The Subject Is Light was organized by the Cape Cod Museum of Art, the regional art museum of Cape Cod, the Islands and Southeastern Massachusetts.
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Several special programs are planned in connection with the exhibition The Subject Is Light:

Art Workshop: Capturing the Light with artist Nancy Klos
Saturday, June 9, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (full-day adult workshop) OR 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (half-day workshop for students ages 12-15)
Spend a day drawing and painting en plein air on the museum’s new Cannon Power Plaza. Artist Nancy Klos will lead participants in working with color pencils, ink pens and gauche. Adults enjoy a full day, $50 members / $55 non-members; the morning session will include students ages 12-15, $30 members / $35 non-members. Pre-registration required. Call 509-773-3733 or email

Family Fun: Draw Your Own Landscape
Saturday, June 9, 1 to 4 p.m.
Drop in for an afternoon of self-guided art making. Drawing inspiration from Maryhill’s magnificent surroundings, visitors of all ages are invited to create a landscape. All supplies provided. Free with museum admission. On Family Fun days youth 18 and under are admitted to the museum free all day with one paid adult museum admission.

Painting the Landscape En Plein Air with Eric Jacobsen
Saturday, July 7 & Sunday, July 8, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Artist Eric Jacobsen leads two-days of plein air painting on the museum's new Cannon Power Plaza. Supplies are not included. A list will be provided in advance. Cost: $210/members, $220/non-members. Pre-registration required. Call 509-773-3733 or email
The Joy of Collecting: Sharon and Hank Martin
Saturday, July 14, 3-5 p.m.
Join collectors Sharon and Hank Martin as they discuss the joy they find in creating an art collection—emphasizing their works of art on view in the exhibit The Subject is Light: The Henry and Sharon Martin Collection of Contemporary Realist Paintings. Elizabeth Ives Hunter, Director of the Cape Cod Museum of Art in Dennis, MA will introduce Sharon and Hank. Also participating is one of the artists, Robert Douglas Hunter, who will speak about his own work in the exhibit and in the collection of Maryhill Museum of Art. Free with museum admission.
Image above: Anne Packard (American, b. 1933), Single Sail, 1996, oil on canvas, 22” x 20”. Courtesy of the Henry and Sharon Martin Collection of Contemporary Realist Paintings.
Housed in a glorious Beaux Arts mansion on 5,300 acres high above the Columbia River, Maryhill Museum of Art opened to the public May 13, 1940 and today remains one of the Pacific Northwest’s most enchanting cultural destinations. The museum was founded by Northwest entrepreneur and visionary Sam Hill, who purchased the property and began building the house with dreams of establishing a Quaker farming community. When that goal proved untenable, Hill was encouraged by friends Loie Fuller, Queen Marie of Romania, and Alma de Bretteville Spreckles to establish a museum.

Maryhill Museum of Art boasts an outstanding permanent collection, rotating exhibitions of the highest caliber, and dynamic educational programs that provide opportunities for further exploration by visitors of all ages. On view are more than 80 works by Auguste Rodin, European and American paintings, objects d'art from the palaces of the Queen of Romania, Orthodox icons, unique chess sets, and the renowned Théâtre de la Mode, featuring small-scale mannequins attired in designer fashions of post-World War II France. Baskets of the indigenous people of North America were a collecting interest of Hill; today the museum’s Native American collection represents nearly every tradition and style in North America, with works of art from prehistoric through contemporary.

Maryhill’s Outdoor Sculpture Garden features more than a dozen large-scale works by Northwest artists. The Maryhill Overlook is a site-specific sculpture by noted Portland architect Brad Cloepfil; nearby are Lewis and Clark interpretive panels. Four miles east of Maryhill is a life-sized replica of Stonehenge, Stonehenge Memorial, which Sam Hill built to memorialize local men who perished in World War I. Nearby, the Klickitat County War Memorial honors those who have died in the service of their country since World War I.

The museum was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974. In 2001 the museum was listed as an official site of the National Historic Lewis and Clark Trail and in 2002 was accredited by the American Association of Museums.


Maryhill Museum of Art is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., March 15 to November 15. Admission is $9 for adults, $8 for seniors, $3 for youth age 7-18 and free for children 6 and under. Family admission is $25 to admit 2 adults, plus related children under the age of 18. Admission to the Stonehenge Memorial is free; it is open from 7:00 a.m. to dusk daily.
Sandwiches, salads, espresso drinks, cold beverages, and freshly baked desserts and pastries are available at the museum's cafe, Loïe's, from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. The Museum Store features art and history books, jewelry, and other mementos.
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. For further information, visit
Maryhill Museum of Art | 35 Maryhill Museum Drive | Goldendale, WA 98620 | 509-773-3733
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