Maryhill Museum of Art, Washington State
Dori O’Neal, writing in The Bellingham Herald on Sunday about the forthcoming opening of the new wing at Maryhill Museum of Art reports that –
MARYHILL — A world-class collection of art sits in the middle of nowhere, overlooking the mighty Columbia River near Goldendale. Sam Hill’s historic chateau has been transformed into the Maryhill Museum of Art, and on Mother’s Day weekend it will stage a grand opening to celebrate the completion of a $10 million expansion project that began two years ago. The new, all-glass wing — named after two of the museum’s generous benefactors, Mary and Bruce Stevenson — extends closer to the river, adding 25,500 square feet to the chateau’s existing 20,000 square feet.
“We are very excited about this new wing,” said Colleen Schafroth, executive director of the museum. “It will open on May 1, and our official dedication ceremony is planned for the weekend of May 12-13. We also hope to eventually have an education center where we can offer artists-in-residence programs.
Museum curator Steve Grafe said many of the Maryhill’s permanent art pieces have been loaned to museums throughout the world, including the rare collection of Russian icons and several dolls. The museum also offers traveling exhibitions throughout the year, including an upcoming exhibit of almost 40 etchings depicting Grimm’s Fairy Tales. “With the expansion of the museum nearing completion, we’ll be doing some rearranging of our exhibits,” Grafe said. “All French art will be on the lower level, and Native American art will take up the top floor. The history of Sam Hill, Queen Marie and the Russian icons will tentatively stay on the main floor.”
Another part of Maryhill’s heritage is the replica Stonehenge Monument built in 1918 to honour Klickitat County soldiers who died in World War I.
Full article here.