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Maryhill Arts Festival Offers Art, Music, and More
Grounds of Maryhill Museum of Art are the Setting for August 25 & 26 Arts Festival
(Goldendale, Wash., August 14, 2012) Ė Can you imagine a better place to stroll an arts festival than Maryhill Museum of Art? Held under a canopy of shade trees in the museumís sculpture garden, the free festival takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, August 25, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, August 26. Admission to the festival is FREE.

The festival features more than 30 artists displaying and selling art in a variety of media, including painting, jewelry, woodworking, ceramics, glass, and more. Live music, food vendors, and hands-on art activities for families are also on tap.

The younger set can explore their creativity under the Maryhill Art Tent, which offers free, drop-in art activities from 1 to 4 p.m. daily.
The Arts Festival is also a great time to enjoy Maryhillís grounds as a whole, including the stunning new 25,500 square foot Mary and Bruce Stevenson Wing, which opened this spring. Visitors also can peruse the museumís growing permanent collection of outdoor sculpture. Inside the museum, visitors will find the special exhibitionThe Subject is Light: The Henry and Sharon Martin Collection of Contemporary Realist Paintings features 27 seascapes, still lifes and landscapes by artists from Cape Cod.
DAILY SCHEDULE:

Artist Vendors | 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday
More than 30 artists exhibiting and selling work in a variety of media, including painting, ceramics, glass, wood and more.

Family Fun: Under the Big Tent | 1 to 4 p.m. daily
Explore your creativity at the Maryhill Art Tent with free drop-in art activities open to all ages. On Family Fun days youth 18 and under are admitted to the museum free all day with one paid adult museum admission.

Live Music | daily
Enjoy a variety of live music, including the energetic jazz sounds of Mike Stillman and Friends from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, August 25. On Sunday, August 26, Moody Music Notes takes the stage from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., followed by Laddie Ray Melvin from 1 to 3 p.m.

The museum proper will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily during the Arts Festival. Permanent exhibits include a large collection of works by Rodin, European and American paintings, objects d'art from the palaces of the Queen Marie of Romania, Orthodox icons, unique chess sets, the renowned Thť‚tre de la Mode as well as an extensive Native American collection.
As of August 13, 2012, there are still some artist booth spaces available. Interested artists should contact Sandra Williams at sandraw@maryhillmuseum.org or call 509-773-3733.
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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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