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Colleen Schafroth, Executive Director

Maryhill Museum of Art Offers Free Admission to Residents
of
Jefferson, Lewis and San Juan Counties
During Weekend of July 21 & 22

(GOLDENDALE, Wash., July 11, 2012) Ė Maryhill Museum of Art invites residents of Jefferson, Lewis and San Juan counties to visit FREE during the weekend of July 21 & 22. Residents of those counties need only present their driver's license to receive complimentary admission.
For nearly two decades, Maryhill has extended this offer to its neighbors, giving Northwest residents continue an opportunity to explore one of the region's most fascinating cultural destinations at no cost.

Maryhillís permanent exhibitions include more than 80 works by Auguste Rodin, European and American paintings, objects d'art from the palaces of the Queen of Romania, unique chess sets, and the renowned Thť‚tre 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 the museumís founder Sam Hill; today the museumís American Indian art collection represents nearly every tradition and style in North America, with works of art from prehistoric through contemporary.

This spring Maryhill opened the $10 million Mary and Bruce Stevenson Wing, which houses an education center, a new cafe, and a terrace and plaza with sweeping views of the Columbia River Gorge and Mount Hood.
The museum's current special exhibitions include:
The Subject is Light: The Henry and Sharon Martin Collection of Contemporary Realist Paintings
through September 3, 2012
An outstanding collection of works by living artists of Cape Cod.

British Painting from the Permanent Collection
through November 15, 2012
Nineteenth-century British painting from Maryhill's permanent collection.

Ceramics from the Permanent Collection
through November 15, 2012
Romanian folk pottery and other ceramic items from the ancient world to modern times.

Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition
through October 7, 2012
Works by Northwest sculptors complement the museumís permanent collection of outdoor sculpture. Located throughout the museum grounds and in the Bill and Cathy Dickson Outdoor Sculpture Garden.
Maryhillís Free Counties Program takes place between April and October; each month residents of selected counties in Oregon and Washington states are offered a weekend of free admission. By the end of season, all residents of Oregon and Washington will have been offered an opportunity to visit Maryhill for free.

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mage above: Pamela Pindell, (American, b.1950), Oranges and Mexican Bowl, 1998, oil on canvas, 12" x 18". Courtesy of the Henry and Sharon Martin Collection of Contemporary Realist Paintings.
EDITORS: Images for use by the media are available at http://www.maryhillmuseum.org/press.html
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ABOUT MARYHILL MUSEUM OF ART:
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 Northwestís 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 a world-class 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 Thť‚tre 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 museumís Native American collection represents nearly every tradition and style in North America, with works of art from prehistoric through contemporary.

Maryhillís 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. In 2012 the museum opened the Mary and Bruce Stevenson Wing, a 25, 500 square foot expansion that is the first in the museum's history. The new wing boasts the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust Education Center, a collections storage and research suite, a new cafe and terrace, and the Cannon Power Plaza with an installation of sculpture, and sweeping views of the Columbia River Gorge and Mount Hood in the distance.

VISITOR INFORMATION:
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. 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, as well as a selection of local wines are available at the museum's cafe, Loie's, from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily; the Museum Store features art and history books, jewelry, Native American crafts 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 www.maryhillmuseum.org.
Maryhill Museum of Art | 35 Maryhill Museum Drive | Goldendale, WA 98620 | 509-773-3733
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