Maryhill Museum of Art, one of the Northwest's most captivating cultural destinations and an icon of the Columbia River Gorge, will re-open for the season on March 15 with "70: Seven Decades of Collecting at Maryhill Museum of Art," a celebratory exhibit exploring the museum's 70-year legacy of collecting.
The exhibition, which will remain on view through May 31, features more than 100 prime objects, many acquired by the museum's four founding patrons: Sam Hill, Queen Marie of Romania, modern dance pioneer Loie Fuller, and San Francisco arts patron and socialite, Alma de Bretteville Spreckels.
Opening day festivities take place Saturday, March 20, (information below) and include an exhibit tour with curator Steve Grafe, a family fun activity, dedication of the museum's Windy Flats Walkway & Viewpoint, and a festive evening reception.
Among the objects on view in "70: Seven Decades of Collecting at Maryhill Museum of Art," are architectural drawings and watercolors rendered by the building's distinguished architects, the Washington D.C.-based Hornblower and Marshall, Eastern Orthodox icons and ecclesiastical textiles, American Indian beadwork, baskets and carvings, rare fur trade tokens, and American and European painting. Visitors will also encounter sculpture by Auguste Rodin, ancient Greek ceramics and 20th-century ceramics by Seraphine Soudbinine, Romanian folk textiles, and a steel chest containing two pieces of wood cut from the Mayflower.
"Maryhill's diverse collections reflect its unique history and place in the regional landscape," says Maryhill's curator of art, Steve Grafe. "From art and objects collected by Sam Hill, items from Queen Marie of Romania and her family, art about Loie Fuller and art acquired through her connections, to the many objects from Alma de Bretteville Spreckels, one of the Bay Area's most influential art collectors, all of the pieces in the exhibit illustrate the story of Maryhill."
Saturday, March 20
Family Fun: Create an Art Assemblage -- 1 to 4 p.m.
Kids of all ages are invited to help create the Great 70-Object Art Assemblage. The finished piece will be exhibited in the museum's EyeSEE Activity Room. Family Fun activities and admission to the museum are free for children under 17 with one adult admission.
Curatorial Walk -- 3 p.m.
Join Maryhill's curator of art, Steve Grafe, for an informative walk through the exhibit.
Dedication and Opening: Windy Flats Walkway & Viewpoint -- 4 p.m.
This magnificent addition to the museum's gardens features spectacular views of the Columbia River Gorge, native plants, and an art fence designed and created by Gorge artist Tom Herrera, using historic wrought iron originally owned by museum founder Sam Hill. The project was made possible by Cannon Power Group with additional support from Gunkel Construction, David and Roseangela Capobianco, and the Arthur G. Dunn Guild of Seattle.
Reception -- 5 p.m.
Raise a glass to Maryhill and the start of the 70th Anniversary Season.