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Maryhill Museum of Art opens season March 15

GOLDENDALE - Maryhill Museum of Art will open its 2011 season on March 15, Tuesday, with a special exhibition drawn from the collection of Portland's Museum of Contemporary Craft.

Process and Presence: Selections from the Museum of Contemporary Craft will be on view March 15 to July 4, and include work by 30 artists working in clay, metal, wood and fiber.

The exhibit features 40 handmade objects created by artists primarily from the West Coast. Among those included in the exhibition are woodworkers Leroy Setziol and Sam Maloof, the first craftsman to receive a MacArthur Fellowship.

A celebration open to the public will take place Saturday, March 19, and feature a lecture by Lloyd Herman, founding director of the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Herman will lecture at 3 p.m., and will be joined at 4:15 p.m. by Namita Gupta Wiggers, curator of the Museum of Contemporary Craft, for a walking conversation through the exhibition.

Other events featured at the Maryhill Museum of Art that day include Family Fun: Make Family Portraits, from 1 to 4 p.m. Participants will view portraits in Maryhill's Paintings Gallery and then make a portrait incorporating aspects of their own personality.

From 1 to 2 p.m. Art Talk: The Little Leaguer will be featured. The museum's iconic painting, The Little Leaguer by Robert Douglas Hunter, will be featured in a discussion by education volunteer Pat Brim-Williams.

At 2:30 p.m. art students from Goldendale High School will be available to discuss their artwork featured in the museum's EyeSEE Activity Room.

At 5 p.m. the museum is inviting guests to explore the early excavation work at the site of the new Mary and Bruce Stevenson Wing. Afterwards refreshments will be served as the 2011 season and the future of the Maryhill Museum of Art is celebrated.

Other events are scheduled at the museum for the 2011 season.

A Mosaic Making workshop with Toms Royal will be held March 15-19. The four-day workshop introduces participants to the many facets of mosaic, from materials and design to layout, glazing and firing. Cost is $110. Pre-registration is required. To register call 509-773-3733, ext. 25.

A bead making workshop with Carol Heath Stabile will held at the museum on Friday, April 22, and Saturday, April 23, from 1 to 4 p.m. Stabile will lead participants in making both traditional tapered beads and a modern cylindrical bead using papers culled from magazines, maps, origami papers and even food labels. Cost is $40 and includes material. Pre-registration is required. To register call 509-773-3733, ext. 25.

Jim Koudelka will give a lecture on Saturday, April 23, at 3 p.m. Koudelka has ceramic work on display in the exhibition Process and Presence: Selections from the Museum of Contemporary Craft. He has taught at Oregon College of Art and Craft since 1988.

Maryhill Museum of Art is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., March 15 to November 15. Admission is $9 for adults, $8 for seniors, $3 for youth ages 7-18 and free for children 6 and under. Admission to the Stonehenge Memorial is free, it is open from 7 a.m. to dusk daily.

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