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Founders' Day Pays Tribute To Museum's 70-Year History

Celebrating milestone

Maryhill Museum of Art welcomed its first visitors on May 13, 1940, what would have been founder Sam Hill's 83rd birthday. On May 15, 2010, visitors from throughout the region and across the United States will gather to celebrate another milestone -- the museum's 70th anniversary -- and to pay tribute to the unique history of this Northwest icon.

The museum's annual Founders' Day celebration will include a Family Fun activity, the annual meeting of the membership, and an anniversary program featuring remarks and reminiscences from special guests.

The day will be capped by the museum's 2nd annual Northwest Wine Auction, a festive benefit for the museum, offering a chance to bid on award-winning wines from nearly 100 Washington and Oregon vintners.

FOUNDERS' DAY SCHEDULE:

Annual meeting of the membership -- 1 p.m.

Learn about Maryhill Museum's programs, projects and accomplishments. Members will elect officers and there will be presentations and awards.

Founders' Day Program, Celebrating 70 Years -- 2 to 4 p.m.

Hear remarks and reminiscences from Sam Reed, Washington Secretary of State; Bonnie Beeks, president of the Klickitat County Historical Society; Michael Oros, president of the Romanian American Society; Pat Courtney Gold, Wasco Basketry weaver and artist; painter Robert Douglas Hunter, whose work "The Little Leaguer" is in Maryhill's collections; and Elizabeth Ives Hunter, executive director of the Cape Cod Museum of Art, Boston.

Family Fun: Marshmallow Sculptures -- 1 to 4 p.m.

Using Maryhill's outdoor sculpture collection as inspiration, kids can use toothpicks and marshmallows to create their own sculptural masterpiece. Family Fun activities and admission to the museum are free for children under 17 with one adult admission.

Sculpture Garden Walk -- 4 p.m.

Explore Maryhill's outdoor sculpture collection with a garden walk led by curator Steve Grafe and some of the artists whose work is on view. You'll see recent works by Northwest artists Jess Kelly and Jesse Swickard, along with pieces by Matt Cartwright, Tom Herrera, Fracisco Salgado, Julie Speidel and Jeff Tangen, carried over from last year's Outdoor Sculpture Invitational.

The Northwest Wine Auction -- 6 p.m.

Add some exceptional Washington and Oregon wines to your cellar and support Maryhill Museum of Art at the same time. Enjoy a magical evening under the tent on Maryhill's Grand Lawn, with delicious food and wines, and a chance to bid on a specially curated collection of Northwest wines and other unique experiences. The auction directly supports Maryhill Museum of Art and its wide range of programs. Tickets are $100. To reserve, call 509-773-3733 or email sandra@maryhillmuseum.org

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