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Dance Performances, Special Programs Planned For Museum's Family Fun Day

Two free modern dance performances offered, beginning at 2:15 p.m.

A Family Fun Day for visitors of all ages, featuring dance performances, live music, and a printmaking demonstration, will be held at Maryhill Museum on Sunday, June 29, from 2 to 4 p.m.

Beginning at 2:15 p.m., visitors will also be able to enjoy two free modern dance performances by New York trained, Portland based choreographers Linda Austin, and Tahni Holt with her dance company Monster Squad and music trio Invisible. Each performance will be repeated at 3:30 p.m.

From 2 to 4 p.m., nationally noted guest artist Frank Janzen will demonstrate techniques of fine-art printmaking. Janzen is master-printmaker at Crow's Shadow Institute in Pendleton, Ore. The demonstration will include a display of prints from the Institute.

With a background originally in theatre, Oregon native Linda Austin has performed extensively in New York. Most recently she performed at On the Board's NW Festival in Seattle and in September will perform in the Time Based Arts Festival in Portland, a 10-day international festival created by the Portland Institute of Contemporary Art.

Tahni Holt, founder of Monster Squard, has produced works in New York and Seattle. She is on staff at the Oregon Ballet theatre and has taught dance at Lewis and Clark College and at Reed College.

"Dance continues to inspire the artist in all of us," said Courtney Spousta, curator of education. "This is a very unique and exciting program. Watching these dancers perform and looking at all of the dance inspired art in the Loie Fuller exhibit will fire up your imagination."

The performances and printmaking demonstration are being held in conjunction with the exhibition Fire & Ice: The Magic of Loie Fuller now on display at the museum. Avant-garde dancer Loie Fuller was depicted in prints, paintings, and sculptures by over 70 artists.

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