(Goldendale, Washington) – On May 15, 2010 visitors from throughout the region and across the United States will gather to celebrate Maryhill Museum of Art’s 70th anniversary and pay tribute to the unique history of this Washington State icon.
The annual Founders’ Day celebration will include a Family Fun activity, the annual meeting of the membership, and an afternoon program featuring remarks and reminiscences from special guests.
The day will be capped by the museum’s 2nd annual Northwest Wine Auction, a festive benefit for the museum, featuring award-winning wines from throughout Washington and Oregon.
FOUNDERS’ DAY SCHEDULE:
Annual Meeting of the Membership | 1 p.m.
Learn about Maryhill Museum’s programs, projects and accomplishments. Members will elect officers and there will be presentations and awards.
Founders’ Day Program, Celebrating 70 Years | 2 to 4 p.m.
Maryhill means many things to many people – it’s an icon of Washington state, a fine art treasure trove, home to local and regional history, and has provided inspiration to untold numbers of visitors. Hear remarks and reminiscences from Sam Reed, Washington Secretary of State; Bonnie Beeks, president of the Klickitat County Historical Society; Michael Oros, president of the Romanian American Society; Pat Courtney Gold, Wasco Basketry weaver and artist; painter Robert Douglas Hunter, whose work “The Little Leaguer” is in Maryhill’s collections; and Elizabeth Ives Hunter, Executive Director of the Cape Cod Museum of Art, Boston.
Family Fun: Marshmallow Sculptures | 1 to 4 p.m.
Using Maryhill’s dynamic collection of outdoor sculpture as inspiration, kids are invited to use toothpicks and marshmallows to create their own sculptural masterpiece. Family Fun activities and admission to the museum are free for children under 17 with one adult admission.
Sculpture Garden Walk | 4 p.m.
Explore Maryhill’s outdoor sculpture collection with a garden walk led by curator Steve Grafe and some of the artists whose work is on view.
The Northwest Wine Auction | 6 p.m.
Add some exceptional Washington and Oregon wines to your cellar and support Maryhill Museum of Art at the same time. Enjoy a magical evening under the tent on Maryhill’s Grand Lawn, with delicious food and wines, and a chance to bid on a specially curated collection of Northwest wines and other unique experiences. The auction directly supports Maryhill Museum of Art and its wide range of programs. Tickets are $100. To reserve, call 509-773-3733 or email email@example.com
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ABOUT MARYHILL MUSEUM OF ART:
Opened to the public May 13, 1940, Maryhill Museum of Art celebrates its 70th anniversary in 2010. Housed in a glorious Beaux Arts mansion on 5,300 acres high above the Columbia River, the museum is one of the Pacific Northwest’s most enchanting cultural destinations. It 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 vision proved untenable, Hill was encouraged by friends Loïe Fuller, Queen Marie of Romania, and Alma de Bretteville Spreckles to establish a museum.
Today Maryhill 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 Théâtre 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 museum’s Native American collection represents nearly every tradition and style in North America, with works of art from prehistoric through contemporary.
Maryhill’s Outdoor Sculpture Garden features work by Tom Herrera, Mel Katz, Heath Krieger, Alisa Looney, Jill Torberson, Julian Voss-Andreae, Jeff Weitzel and Leon White. 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.
Maryhill Museum of Art is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., March 15 to November 15. Admission is $7 for adults, $6 for seniors and $2 for children age 6-16. 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 are available at Café Maryhill; 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.Research Campgrounds, Plan RV Safe Routes & Turn your phone into an RV GPS.
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