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Opening Day Preview

Maryhill Museum of Art gears up for March 15 season opener

Maryhill Museum of Art will open its new season on Saturday, March 15. Visitors can view four new exhibitions, listen to guest speakers, and enjoy a special dance performance.

The featured exhibition is "Fire & Ice: The Magic of Loie Fuller" which brings together an extensive collection of paintings, prints, rare posters and photographs of the famed Folies-Bergere dancer who dazzled an entire epoch and became the personification of Art Nouveau.

Once the most famous dancer in the world, Loie Fuller broke the mold of traditional choreography and paved the way for others, including Isadora Duncan and Ruth St. Denis. It was Loie's advocating that convinced Sam Hill to convert his unfinished chateau near Goldendale, into Maryhill Museum of Art.

At 2 p.m., historian and biographer Margaret Haile Harris will give a talk about how she discovered the magic of Loie Fuller and the dancers contributions to choreography, stage lighting, cinematic techniques and costuming.

At 3:15 p.m. noted Portland-based dancer Maranee Sanders will perform her interpretation of Loie Fuller's famous dance, "The Butterfly."

Also opening is the exhibit Rick Bartow: Discovery & Fusion. The exhibit consists of expressionistic mixed-media drawings and sculptures by the noted Native American artist.

At 4 p.m., visitors can join the artist for a discussion about how he fuses traditional Native American icons with human images.

The Museum has re-installed its popular Maryhill Favorites exhibition of classic paintings, prints and photographs by American artists, including Thomas Hart Benton, William Paxton, Charles Russell, and others.

Outside there are gardens, picnic grounds and a dozen large scale contemporary sculptures by Northwest artists, including Mel Katz, Lillian Pitt, Jeff Weitzel and others.

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