Exquisite Gorge Project 1EXQUISITE GORGE PROJECT

This summer, Maryhill Museum of Art will lead a collaborative printmaking project featuring 11 artists working with communities along a 220-mile stretch of the Columbia River from the Willamette River to the Snake River. The Exquisite Gorge Project will connect artists and communities to create a massive 66-foot steamrolled print. Artists will work with community members from their assigned stretch of river and carve images on 4 x 6 foot wood panels. Each completed panel will then be connected end-to-end and printed using a steamroller.

The big steamroller print event will take place on Saturday, August 24, 2019 on the grounds of Maryhill Museum of Art and the public is invited to participate. The resulting print will be on view in Maryhilll’s M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust Education Center from September 3 -25, 2019, with the possibility of other venues added in the future.

To read the most recent press release on the project, click here.


The Gorge Veterans Museum
The museum will host artist Drew F. Cameron of Combat Paper, with space dedicated to the project.  The museum is open Tuesday – Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m. In addition, the museum will facilitate the following public events with Drew F. Cameron:

August 16 | 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Public carving with Drew F. Cameron at the Oregon Veterans Home in their community room (located in The Dalles).

August 17 | 1 p.m.
Lecture about Combat Paper and this project at The Dalles-Wasco County Library.

Exquisite Gorge Steamroller Print Event
August 24 | 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (final schedule of events TBD)
Come join in the fun at the culmination of the Exquisite Gorge Project, a collaborative printmaking project featuring 11 artists working with communities along a 220-mile stretch of the Columbia River. Artists worked with community members from their assigned stretch of river and carved images on 4 x 6 foot wood panels. Each completed panel will be connected end-to-end and printed using a steamroller to create a massive 66-foot print. Washington State Poet Laureate, Claudia Castro Luna, will be at Maryhill to create a poem commemorating the event and the Columbia River. Free on the grounds of Maryhill Museum of Art.


Steven Muñoz Art Reception & Dinner
June 5th | 6 p.m.
Please join the White Salmon Arts Council in welcoming Washington, D.C. artist Steven Muñoz for a reception at Le Doubblé Troubblé Wine Co. featuring an exhibition of works by the artist followed by a family style dinner in the Westward Private Dining Room at Henni’s Kitchen and Grill. All profits will benefit the White Salmon Arts Council. Tickets are $50 and space is limited; please contact the White Salmon Arts Council for more information.

Neal Harrington at The Dalles Art Center
June 11 | 5:30 p.m.
Public meeting at the art center for anyone wishing to contribute ideas to the project: While the design and detail of the project will be Harrington’s decision, input from the community is welcomed. Please contact The Dalles Art Center for more information. From June 12 – 22 Harrington will complete the project in different locations around The Dalles.

Neal Harrington at The Dalles Farmers’ Market
June 15 | 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Meet artist Neal Harrington and talk with him about his work on the Exquisite Gorge project.

Neal Harrington Print Workshop at The Dalles Art Center
June 18 & 19 | 6 to 8 p.m.
A free workshop on woodblock printing with Neal Harrington. Please contact The Dalles Art Center for more information. 

Roger Peet at the Goldendale Community LIbrary
June 15 | 4 to 6 p.m.
Carve along with artist Roger Peet as we learn about the process of woodblock printing and the exciting Exquisite Gorge Project. Carving tools will be provided, and all abilities are welcome, from the seasoned artist to the curious kid. For more information, contact the Goldendale Community Library.

White Salmon Arts Chat with Steven Muñoz
June 20 | 5:30 p.m.
White Salmon Arts Council members are invited to join in an informal conversation with artist Steven Muñoz. The event will be an opportunity for Steven to share thoughts on printmaking, his love of gardening, and the role bees currently play in his work. Join us for a glass of wine and take advantage of an opportunity to see a selection of Steve’s prints in person.  Venue: Le Doubblé Troubblé Wine Co., 111 E Jewett Blvd, White Salmon. 

Michael McGovern Residency at Little Bear Hill 
July 9 – 23
Artist Michael McGovern will be in residence at Little Bear Hill in The Dalles and collaborate with students from the Whatonka Community High School, who will help refine the direction of his woodblock.


Dylan T. McManus, Artistic Director of Exquisite Gorge Project, Artistic Director of Little Bear Hill, The Dalles, Oregon
Louise Palermo, Project Director of Exquisite Gorge Project, Education Curator, Maryhill Museum of Art, Goldendale, Washington

  • Greg Archuleta, The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, Oregon Section One (Willamette River Confluence to River Mile 110)
  • Michael Namkung/Lewis & Clark College, Portland, Oregon Section Two (River Mile 110 to McGowans Light)
  • Molly Gaston Johnson, Lake Cuomo, New Jersey Section Three (McGowans Light to 13 Mile Point)
  • Jane Pagliarulo, Portland, Oregon Section Four (13 Mile Point to Rowena)
  • Neal Harrington, Russellville, Arkansas Section Five (Rowena to Browns Island)
  • Steven Muñoz, Washington, DC Section Six (Browns Island to Miller Island)
  • Roger Peet, Portland, Oregon Section Seven (Miller Island to John Day River)
  • Mike McGovern, Portland, Oregon Section Eight (John Day River to Roosevelt)
  • Combat Paper/Drew F. Cameron Section Nine (Roosevelt to Hat Rock)
  • Nicole Pietrantoni & Sarah Finger/Whitman College, Walla Walla, Washington Section Ten (Hat Rock to Snake River Confluence)
  • Ken Spiering, Valleyford, Washington Frontispiece


The partners involved are:  Maryhill Museum of Art, Lewis & Clark College, Arts in Education of the Gorge, The Dalles-Wasco County Library, The Gorge Veterans Museum, The Dalles Art Center, Fort Vancouver Regional Libraries, Whitman College, and White Salmon Arts Council, and Little Bear Hill, LLC. Information on how the public can connect with artists will be disseminated by each of the participating partners.


To date, sponsors of The Exquisite Gorge Project include: Klickitat County, Department of Economic Development, Lodging Tax Award, and Washington State Arts Commission, with additional support provided by Vonda Chandler, Gunkel Orchards, Maryhill Winery, Jo Dean and Juris Sarins, Little Bear Hill, LLC, McClain’s Printmaking Supplies, Continental Hardwood, Array of Elegance, Gamblin Artists Colors, Story Gorge, LLC,  Gunkel Orchards, Greystone Papers, Your Party & Event Center, Great Skot Production Services, and many of the museum’s partners on this project.  .  For opportunities to support this great project, contact Colleen Schafroth 509 773-3733 x 23 or email development@maryhillmuseum.org.






Exquisite Gorge: The Explorer, Oregon Arts Watch, August 15, 2019
Exquisite Gorge: The Guardian, Oregon Arts Watch, August 12, 2019
Exquisite Gorge: The Alchemist, Oregon Arts Watch, July 29, 2019
Exquisite Gorge: The Bee Maven, Oregon Arts Watch, June 30, 2019
Artist Neal Harrington finishes woodblock of The Dalles, The Dalles Chronicle, June 28, 2019
Exquisite Gorge: The Listener, Oregon Arts Watch, June 24, 2019
Exquisite Gorge: The Witness, Oregon Arts Watch, June 18, 2019
Exquisite Gorge : Getting Started, Oregon Arts Watch, June 12, 2019
Work underway in TD on ‘Exquisite Gorge’ project, The Dalles Chronicle
, June 9, 2019
Maryhill Museum of Art: Collaborative ‘Exquisite Gorge’ project announced, Hood River News, June 6, 2019