The museum inaugurated a new gallery to spotlight its most recent acquisitions when it opened for its 2004 season on March 15.
Nine acquisitions are in the exhibit including an American Indian basalt sculpture gifted to the museum by the Mary Hoyt Stevenson Foundation and a photograph by Native American artist Chuck Williams gifted by Mary Schlick of Mt. Hood, Ore.
The basalt sculpture is several centuries old and was discovered near The Dalles in 1910. It stands over 20 inches high and is carved in a way that suggests an animal, perhaps a beaver.
"The scope of a museum's collections is enriched by the generosity of patrons who donate special objects," said Colleen Schafroth, executive director. "Over the decades many local, national and international collectors have chosen Maryhill Museum to give their prize possessions to and we are honored."
An anonymous donor from the Seattle area gifted Potatoes, an original oil painting by Dutch artist Henk Bos.
"Maryhill Museum has two paintings by the noted artist in its permanent collection," said Schafroth. "This one is a wonderful complement to the others."
William P. Tellini gifted four chess sets to the museum. One, by noted Japanese artist Shoji Ishihara, was inspired by the art of famed Cubist artist Pablo Picasso. A 19th century ivory Chinese playing set was given by the estate of Colleen Jane Wray.
"This is the first Chinese set the museum has acquired," said Schafroth. "It brings a new dimension to our collection."
Other gifts included art books for the museum's library and circa 1940s postcards of the museum showing the grounds and the first exhibitions. The exhibit is being sponsored by the Maryhill Museum Board of Trustees.