Wednesday, April 19, 2006
Maryhill Museum of Art's most recent acquisitions are on exhibit and include Native American artifacts, contemporary painting and sculpture, as well as a rare postal Chess Book, among other items.
Noted northwest artist Henk Pander's large-scale watercolor (40-inches by 60-inches), Columbia River At Stonehenge, was painted on site about four miles east of Maryhill Museum. The captivating painting was gifted to the museum by the artist, and Jan and Phil Swartz, in honor of their wedding anniversary.
A bronze sculpture, The Price, by Pamela Harr depicts Narcissa Whitman, one of the first white women to cross the Rocky Mountains in 1836. The sculpture depicts Whitman mourning the death of her daughter who drowned near Walla Walla. The sculpture was gift to the museum by Diane Plumridge and Art Dodd.
"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 to give Maryhill Museum their prize possessions and we are honored."
The estate of Richard Kosterlitz gifted a late 19th century Indian chess set and board. The set features carved ivory figures that represent the British occupying forces of India.
When Kathleen Baker visited the museum she was amazed by its permanent collection of over 300 sets, so she presented Maryhill with a rare U.S. Postal Chess Book. The book was designed to be sent back and forth through the mail, allowing a long-distance game of chess to be played.
"This one is a wonderful complement to our collection," said Schafroth.
Also exhibited is one of five cribbage boards of walrus ivory and a research diary gifted by the estate of Charles Harding; a lithograph, The Indian Trapper by Fred Machetz, from Clifford Fiscus; plateau moccasins from John and Susan Eshelman; and one of five rubbings of petroglyphs from Roosevelt, from the Winifred M. Flippen Trust. Making rubbings of Native American petroglyphs is now discouraged due to possible damage of their delicate surface.