GOLDENDALE - The year 2012 was fabulous for the Maryhill Museum of Art and the 2013 season will be starting March 15.
The staff is already gearing up for another great year of programs and exhibitions.
Family fun days, featuring hands-on art exploration in a drop-in setting, are continuing this year at the museum.
On March 16, April 20, May 18, June 8, July 20, Aug. 17-18 and Oct. 5 children under 18 years of age will be admitted to the museum free with one paid adult admission. The program runs from 1 to 4 p.m. on most family fun days and from 1 to 3 p.m. on July 20 and Oct. 5.
Six special exhibitions are also planned for this year.
The Hound of Heaven will be on display from March 15 to May 27.
Kenneth Standhardt: Impressions and Arthur Higgins: Prints will be showcased March 15 to Nov. 15.
An outdoor sculpture exhibition will be held from May 18 until Oct. 6.
Eanger Irving Couse on the Columbia River will be featured from June 8 until Sept. 2.
And lastly, Windows to Heaven: Treasures from the Museum of Russian Icons will be displayed from Sept. 14 until Nov. 25.
Two intensive hands-on art workshops for adults will also be held this year. A workshop on encaustic painting will be held July 19-20. Students will learn how heated beeswax and colored pigments can be used to make versatile effects.
The class will be led by artists Manuela Kalestiantz and Robyn Anderson and will cost $300 for members or $325 for non-members. All supplies, lunch and snacks are included in the cost. Reservations require a $100 deposit by June 9. Call 509-773-3733 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The second workshop will be held Sept. 10-14, and will explore the religious symbolism associated with painted icons with the Reverend Deacon Matthew Garrett. Members will paint an icon from start to finish during the workshop.
The cost is $400 for members or $425 for non-members and must be reserved with a $200 deposit by July 26. All supplies, lunch and snacks are provided.
Call 509-773-3733 or email email@example.com for more information.
The museum is offering two travel and art workshops in 2013.
One trip will take members to Victoria, British Columbia in Canada to explore the art and gardens in the capital city from July 30 to Aug. 1.
The tour will be guided by Walking Softly Adventures and will explore Butchart Gardens, the Royal British Columbia Museum and other experiences.
The cost is $1,095 per person and includes two nights at a hotel, four meals, museum admissions and local transportation. The tour begins and ends in Victoria. For more information and reservations contact Amy Boyce Osaki at 888-743-0723 or sign up online at ArtToursbyAmy.com and click on the trip reservations link.
The other travel opportunity, scheduled for Sept. 22-27, will take Maryhill's Curator of Art, Steve Grafe, and members to explore Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico. The tour includes evening lectures and complements the Maryhill Museum's summer exhibition, Eanger Irving Couse on the Columbia River.
The cost is $1,200 per person double occupancy or $1,900 single and includes five nights at a hotel, one dinner, museum admissions and local transportation. For more information and reservations contact Anne Avery at 503-544-4174 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
In 2012 the museum received many gifts, large and small, that made it possible to finish the new Mary and Bruce Stevenson Wing. The wing has already won a prestigious award from Engineering News Record, being named the Northwest's 2012 Best Project and the Best Cultural / Worship Project in the Northwest in 2012.
"What makes this project unique, not just among this year's winners but among all our past winners, is that it was a sub-$10 million project that beat out projects with budgets in excess of a half-billion dollars," said Bruce Buckley, editor of Engineering News Record. "That is very impressive."