Spending time with friends and family. Taking pleasure in nature. These are just a few of the time-honored impulses celebrated in the exhibition The Good Life: From the Collections of Maryhill Museum of Art, on view from Sept. 26 to Nov. 15.
A gallery walk will take place on Saturday, Sept. 26, from 2 to 3 p.m.; it is free and will be followed by a reception.
The opening of the exhibit coincides with the museum's annual Car is King Weekend, which will take place on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 26 and 27, and feature a range of activities including: a vintage car show, an "Antiques Road Show" -- style heirloom festival, children's veggie car races and much more.
The Good Life features approximately 30 paintings, drawings and prints created between 1600 and 1980 by American and European artists, all drawn from Maryhill's permanent collections.
"The works are full of spontaneity, joy and a certain sense of nostalgia for a time when leisure was a central part of everyday life," says Colleen Schafroth, Maryhill's executive director.
The Good Life is organized into three sections: gatherings where family and friends are depicted dancing, playing music together, sewing, socializing and enjoying one another's company; lush still life paintings that show tableaux created not only for the sake of painting, but to celebrate abundance and to be thoroughly enjoyed; and, people in the landscape, relishing nature and relaxing outdoors.
Saturday, September 26:
Heirloom Festival in the Sculpture Garden -- 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Learn more about objects you love, from family heirlooms to garage sale treasures, as leading art dealers and appraisers offer their expertise in the areas of Native American art and objects, prints and paintings, jewelry, coins and stamps, as well as the decorative arts.
Opinions and appraisals are offered for educational purposes only. $100 for the first item; $25 for three (limit three items per person). Be prepared to wait in line and be entertained by all you hear. Proceeds support Maryhill Museum of Art.
Concours de Maryhill -- 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The museum's east lawn is transformed into the Concours de Maryhill with dozens of classic, sport and customized cars on view. Competition categories include best original, classic, hot rod and muscle car. This is an open car show and anyone with a special car may enter. The day concludes with the presentation of the car show awards. Organized by the Goldendale Motorsports Association. FREE.
Public Drive the Maryhill Loops Road -- Noon to 2 p.m.
In honor of Sam Hill, the historic Maryhill Loops Road will be opened for automobiles and the public is invited to take a spin down this majestic byway -- one of the first modern roads in the Northwest. FREE.
Family Fun: Classic Veggie Car Races -- 1 p.m.
Join in the fun at the 6th annual Classic Veggie Car Races just for kids. Fantastically engineered cars, designed and fabricated by children from fruits and vegetables, compete on a 12 foot ramp for thrills and chills. Kids of all ages are invited to participate in this fun outdoor activity. FREE.
Gallery Walk -- 2 to 3 p.m.
Take a guided tour of The Good Life, a special exhibit drawn from the remarkable collections of Maryhill Museum of Art. Reception to follow.
Sunday, September 27:
Maryhill Loops Hill Climb -- 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Vintage sports cars from the 1930s to 1960s race singly in a three-mile timed race up the historic Maryhill Loops Road. Spectators can view the hill climb race from the Highway 97 Overlook and from designated viewpoints along the race route. Organized by the Society of Vintage Racing Enthusiasts of Seattle; only their approved cars and drivers will be competing.
The Good Life Harvest Festival -- 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
All are invited to Maryhill for art demonstrations by regional artists, special Halloween art activities for kids, storytelling and more. Family Fun activities and admission to the museum are free for children under 17 with one adult admission.