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A merry time at Maryhill

GOLDENDALE – European royalty and Native American artifacts – along with a big dose of fun and games – are on display at Maryhill Museum of Art, near Goldendale. Last weekend was free admission for Yakima County residents. The price was right, as they say, so we took full advantage on Saturday. There are, of course, the long-standing, permanent favorites like an 80-piece Rodin exhibit and extensive display of items belonging to Queen Marie of Romania – a friend of Maryhill founder Sam Hill. The museum’s $10 million Mary and Bruce Stevenson Wing opened in 2012. Surrounded in glass, the wing (along with its outdoor terrace) offers expansive views of the Columbia Gorge. Patrons of the Sunnyside School District may be interested to note several works by modernist sculptor James Lee Hansen are on exhibit at Maryhill through July 27. The local school district has Hansen’s The Explorer sculpture, which for several years was displayed in the district’s board room. The fun and games and culture continue for free at Maryhill throughout the summer. The next free weekend is July 19-20, with admission at no charge for residents of Benton and Klickitat counties. A highlight of the free weekend will be a live performance at 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 19, of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. If you miss out on the free weekend at Maryhill…don’t worry. That’s because your $9 adult admission ticket stub earns you free tastings at several wineries in the area. So get out to Maryhill for a merry time of art and cultural appreciation.

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Photo by John Fannin

The flower of the Red Silk Cotton tree inspired Portland, Ore. artist Matt Cartwright’s Malabar Bombax steel sculpture. It’s one of several outdoor art pieces at Maryhill’s William and Catherine Dickson Sculpture Park.

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Maryhill Museum of Art features a large display of chess sets from around the world. In addition, the museum has a temporary exhibit of chess sets created by children.

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Perched above the Columbia Gorge, the Maryhill Museum of Art has been open to the public since 1940.

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The Flip Side: Comic Art by New Yorker Cartoonists is on display at Maryhill through Nov. 15.

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Maryhill’s Mary and Bruce Stevenson Wing opened in 2012 and features breathtaking views of the Columbia Gorge. The wing also has a café, educational area and outdoor terrace seating.

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This plaster cast miniature of Rodin’s famed The Thinker is believed to be only one in existence. It’s one of 80 pieces by Rodin on permanent display at Maryhill.

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Nature’s artistry is visible in abundance at Maryhill Museum of Art, such as picturesque Mt. Hood and fertile farm lands.

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