Maryhill Museum of Art Opens 2013 Season
on March 15 With Special Exhibitions

Visitors can also celebrate the 2013 season with two educational programs on Saturday, March 16

(GOLDENDALE, Wash., February 19, 2013) – Maryhill Museum of Art will open on Friday, March 15, 2013 with special exhibitions and a full schedule of programs on tap for the 2013 season.

Among the featured special exhibitions that will be on view when the museum opens its doors is “The Hound of Heaven,” an enigmatic series of 23 paintings by R.H. Ives Gammell. Based on the religious poem by English poet Francis Thompson, the works incorporate images and symbols drawn from ancient and modern sources, including Jung, medieval culture, the Bible and mythology. ”The Hound of Heaven” will be on view through May 27, 2013.

Also opening the 2013 season are two exhibitions featuring regional artists. “Kenneth Standhardt: Impressions” showcases the work of a Eugene-based ceramic artist known for his striking use of pattern; “Arthur Higgins: Prints” features works by the late Arthur Higgins, who spent the last years of his life in Mosier, Oregon.

The museum will offer two education programs on Saturday, March 16, 2013 to mark the opening of the season:

Family Fun: Clay Play | 1 to 4 p.m.

Children and families are invited to an afternoon of hands-on art exploration during this free, drop-in program. Make clay medallions using a can opener and a ball point pen as tools, creating similar effects as ceramic artist Ken Standhardt. On Family Fun Days youth 18 and under are admitted to the museum free all day with one paid adult admission.

Informal Artist Gallery Talk: Kennth Standhardt | 1 p.m.

Meet ceramic artist Kenneth Standhardt in his exhibition Impressions, and learn more about the creative process behind his intricately patterned work.

A full schedule of 2013 programs, including Family Fun Days, hands-on art workshops, festivals, performances and more is available athttps://www.maryhillmuseum.org/Events/2013ExhibitsPrograms.pdf

In addition to special exhibitions, the Maryhill Museum of Art’s permanent exhibitions feature works by Auguste Rodin, European and American paintings, royal memorabilia from Queen Marie of Romania, Orthodox icons, unique chess sets, the renowned Théâtre de la Mode, and American Indian art.

Maryhill Museum of Art’s special exhibitions for 2013:

The Hound of Heaven (March 15 – May 27, 2013)

R.H. Ives Gammell’s A Pictorial Sequence Painted by R. H. Ives Gammell Based on The Hound of Heaven is based on “The Hound of Heaven,” a 182-line religious poem by English poet Francis Thompson (1859–1907). Gammell began making plans to execute the pictorial sequence during World War II and completed it in 1956. The 23 large paintings incorporate symbols drawn from C.G. Jung, primitive and medieval cultures, and biblical and mythological sources. Upper Level Changing Exhibits Gallery

Kenneth Standhardt: Impressions (March 15 – November 15, 2013)

Kenneth Standhardt is a Eugene, Oregon-based ceramic artist who creates intricately patterned stoneware vessels using everyday kitchen tools. Laura & John Cheney Gallery

Arthur Higgins: Prints (March 15 – November 15, 2013)

The late Arthur Higgins (1942–2011) was a prolific sculptor, painter and printmaker. He spent much of his career in Alaska, where he completed more than 40 public art commissions. Higgins moved to Mosier, Oregon, in 1986 and produced many kinetic sculptures, two of which are the collection of Maryhill Museum of Art. This exhibition features more than 20 of Higgins’ lithographs and woodblock prints—many of which reproduce Pacific Northwest landscapes, plants and bird species. Terrace Level Gallery

Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition (May 18–October 6, 2013)

During 2013, the grounds surrounding Maryhill Museum of Art will feature three works by Portland sculptor Mike Suri. Among these will be Brushing, which was first installed at the museum in 2009. An additional 15 works by other Pacific Northwest artists will also be on view. William and Catherine Dickson Sculpture Park

Eanger Irving Couse on the Columbia River (June 8–September 2, 2013)

Art student Eanger Irving Couse married Virginia Walker in Paris in 1889. Two years later, the couple spent a season living with Virginia’s parents at the Walker Ranch in Klickitat County, where Couse first painted Indian subjects. The couple returned to the area in 1896–1898 and during those years the artist created more works featuring local Indians. The exhibit will showcase 20 original paintings and related artifacts and archival material. Upper Level Changing Exhibits Gallery

Windows to Heaven: Treasures from the Museum of Russian Icons (September 14–November 15, 2013)

An exhibition featuring 25 historically significant Russian icons that date from 1590 to the present. The exhibition defines icons, the historical process involved with creating them, and the historical background of their systematic destruction by the Iconoclasts (730–787 AD and 813–843 AD). Featured icons include images of St. Nicholas and St. George, Old Testament scenes, the life of Jesus and the Mother of God. Upper Level Changing Exhibits Gallery

Editors & Writers: For photos of 2013 exhibitions, please contact Rachel Bucci at rachel@maryhillmuseum.org.

Media contact:

Colleen Schafroth, Executive Director
(509) 773-3733, colleen@maryhillmuseum.org