GOLDENDALE - Can you imagine a better place to stroll an arts festival than Maryhill Museum of Art?
Held under a canopy of shade trees in the museum's sculpture garden, the festival takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow (Saturday) and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. this coming Sunday.
Admission to the festival is free.
The festival features artists displaying and selling art in a variety of media, including painting, jewelry, woodworking, ceramics, glass and more.
Live music, food vendors and hands-on art activities for families are also on tap.
There will be a free performance of Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing," with the Portland Actors Ensemble, Saturday evening at 7 p.m.
The younger set can explore their creativity under the Maryhill Art tent, which will offer free, drop-in art activities.
Youngsters can also take part in a hands-on solar viewing demonstration using filtered telescopes. This fun and educational activity is being offered by the Goldendale Astronomy Club.
The Arts Festival is also a great time to enjoy Maryhill's grounds as a whole - visitors can peruse the museum's growing permanent collection of outdoor sculptures, as well as works on temporary view by featured Northwest artists Daniel Duford, John Mayo and Joseph Warren.
Inside the museum, visitors will find the special exhibition "Beside the Big River: Images and Art of the Mid-Columbia Indians."
The museum proper will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily during the Arts Festival.
Permanent exhibits include a large collection of works by Rodin, European and American paintings, objects d'art from the palaces of the Queen of Romania, Orthodox icons, unique chess sets, the renowned Théâtre de la Mode, as well as an extensive Native American collection.
More information is available online at www.maryhillmuseum.org.