The Exquisite Gorge Project II: Fiber Arts

Exquisite Gorge Project 2022 - Maryhill Museum - Columbia Gorge

Detail of artwork by Xander Griffith

Developed by Curator of Education at Maryhill Museum of Art, Louise Palermo, The Exquisite Gorge Project II: Fiber Arts features 13 regional fiber artists (listed below on this page) working with communities along 220 miles of the Columbia River from the Willamette Confluence to the Snake River Confluence.

Artistic Director for the project is artist Tammy Jo Wilson.

Each artist will design an original artwork collaborating with a Community Partner and community members from their assigned stretch of river. Artists will create unique installations, sculpture, and innovative designs attached to that specific site, and engage with educational opportunities to inspire and educate about fiber arts. There will be resources developed, including maps and guides to encourage visitation to each site. Each artwork will portray a section of the river itself and will connect to the next section.

The project is inspired by the Surrealist art practice “Exquisite Corpse,” where participants took turns drawing sections of a body on a piece of paper folded to hide each successive contribution. When unfolded, a whole body was revealed to show each contribution.

In the case of The Exquisite Gorge Project II, the Columbia River will become the “body” that unifies the collaboration between artists and communities, revealing a flowing 66-foot work that tells 10 conceptual stories (plus a frontispiece) of the Columbia River and its people.

A culminating Festival of Fiber Arts was held Saturday, August 6, 2022 at Maryhill Museum of Art, free-standing “exquisite corpse” section was brought together to reveal the continuous sculpture.

Download a MAP of installations that happened this summer!

Visit the original Exquisite Gorge Project, held in 2019 and featuring printmakers.

Watch the Summer 2022 event

Learn more about the Exquisite Gorge Project II, a collaborative event led by Maryhill Museum of Art during the summer of 2022. The project featured artists working with communities along a 220-mile stretch of the Columbia River to create a fiber arts sculpture on on the grounds of Maryhill Museum of Art on Saturday, August , 2022.

Exquisite Gorge Project 2022 - Maryhill Museum - Columbia Gorge

View and download the map of installations happening this summer!

Exquisite Gorge Events

august 2022

06aug10:00 am4:00 pmFestival of Fiber ArtsSaturday, August 6 | 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.Event Type :Public Program

july 2022

02jul2:00 pmArtist Talk with Magda NicaSaturday, July 2 | 1 PMEvent Type :Public Program

02jul1:00 pm3:00 pmCordage Making Class with Chloë HightSaturday, July 2 | 1 - 3 PM - at the The History Museum of Hood River CountyEvent Type :Public Program

may 2022

28may1:00 pmExquisite Gorge Project II with Carolyn Hazel DrakeVIRTUAL PROGRAMEvent Type :Public Program,VIRTUAL EVENT

april 2022

19apr7:00 pmMake a Felted Butterfly with Xander GriffithVIRTUAL PROGRAMEvent Type :Public Program,VIRTUAL EVENT

november 2021

06nov1:00 pmYouTube Live with Carolyn Hazel DrakeSaturday, November 6 | 1 PM - VIRTUAL EVENTEvent Type :Public Program,VIRTUAL EVENT

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    In addition to the participating artists, there are many partner organizations and sponsors who make The Exquisite Gorge Project II possible.

    Section One: Oregon Society of Artists–Artist: Lynn Deal
    Section Two: Lewis and Clark University–Artist: Amanda Triplett
    Section Three: Columbia Center for the Arts, The History Museum of Hood River County and Arts in Education of the Gorge–Artist: Chloë Hight
    Section Four: White Salmon Arts Council and Fort Vancouver Regional Library–Artist: Xavier Griffith
    Section Five: Columbia Gorge Discovery Center,  The Dalles-Wasco County Library, and The Dalles Arts Center –Artists: Francisco and Laura Bautista
    Section Six: The Fort Vancouver Regional Library at Goldendale Community Library–Artist: Carolyn Hazel Drake
    Section Seven: The American-Romanian Cultural Society and Maryhill Museum of Art–Artist: Magda Nica
    Section Eight: Desert Fiber Arts & REACH Museum–Artist: Ophir El-Boher
    Section Nine: The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation–Artist: Bonnie Meltzer
    Section Ten: ArtWalla–Artist: Kristy Kún
    Frontispiece: Tammy Jo Wilson and Owen Premore


    Major Support from: National Endowment for the Arts, Roundhouse Foundation; Umpqua Bank Charitable Foundation’s Community Grants; The Salvador Fund of the Gorge Community Foundation; Columbia Fiber Arts Guild; and Umpqua Bank, Goldendale Branch.

    This project could not happen without the additional support of services and goods from a number of people and organizations, including the following: Anonymous, M & P Ranch, Northwest Regional Spinners Association, Premier Metal, Olympic Yarn and Fiber, and StoryGorge. Additional thanks go to all our community partners and artists.

    To support this great project, contact Colleen Schafroth 509 773-3733 x 23 or email development@maryhillmuseum.org.


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