Maryhill Museum of Art busy this summer

GOLDENDALE - A festival, workshops and some free admission specials await people who visit the Maryhill Museum of Art this summer.

The weekend of Aug. 18-19 will feature free admission to the museum for residents of Asotin, Benton, Columbia, Franklin, Garfield, Klickitat and Walla Walla counties. Residents of those counties need only present their driver's license to receive complimentary admission.

For people who like to get their hands dirty, the museum is offering a ceramic workshop this month featuring Toms Royal, a respected local artist. The two-day workshop will be held Monday, Aug. 20, and Monday, Aug. 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is open to children of all ages. The workshop days are spaced to allow clay work to dry. The workshop is $25 for members and $35 for non-members and preregistration is required.

The whole family will enjoy the Maryhill Arts Festival, taking place the weekend of Aug. 25-26. With artist booths, food, live music and hands-on art activities for kids, there is something for everyone. Admission to the festival, held on the grounds of the museum, is free. The hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Also that weekend is Family Fun Days, when youth 18 and under are admitted to the museum free all day with one paid adult museum admission. From 1-4 p.m. both days, the Maryhill Art Tent will feature drop-in art activities open to all ages.

On Saturday, Sept. 15, the museum will open an exhibit featuring work by David Hockney, one of the most important artists of the 20th century. The exhibit, David Hockney: Six Fairy Tales, consists of etchings inspired by tales such as The Little Sea Hare, Fundevogel, Rapunzel, The Boy Who Left Home to Learn Fear, Old Rinkrank and Rumpelstilzchen.

The museum's permanent exhibitions feature works by Auguste Rodin, European and American paintings, royal memorabilia from Queen Marie of Romania, Orthodox icons, unique chess sets, the renowned Théâtre de la Mode and American Indian art.

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

Sandwiches, salads, espresso drinks, cold beverages and freshly baked desserts and pastries, as well as a selection of local wines are available at the museum's cafe, Loie's, from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily; the Museum Store features art and history books, jewelry, Native American crafts and other mementos.

Maryhill is located off Highway 97, 12 miles south of Goldendale. For further information, visit

Call 509-773-3733 or email to register for a workshop.


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