Plein Air in the Gorge | Upcoming Programs and more...
Plein Air in the Gorge | Upcoming Programs and more...


August 2022

Thru August 27, 2022
PNW Plein Air in the Columbia Gorge
There's still time to see all (and even take home!) the wonderful paintings created during the 2022 edition of Pacific Northwest Plein Air in the Columbia River Gorge. The artists spent four days in late July painting en plein air throughout the region - the exhibition features a wide range of captures, as well as award-winners in categories, like “Best Sky,” “Best Mountain,” “Best Water,” "Best Cultural Element," “Maryhill Museum Award,” and more. Our Juror for 2022 was Paul Kratter. Click here for a full list of participating artists.
The paintings are on view in the Event Sales Gallery in the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust Education Center. Proceeds support Maryhill Museum of Art. As work is sold and removed, other work created during the paint-out will replace it.

THANK YOU to our sponsors: Friends of the Columbia Gorge; Scottsdale Artists’ School; Tokki Art Supply, Hood River; Dave Burbach Photography; Gamblin Artists Colors; Kathleen Marquart; Byron & Sue Henry; Stephen & Laura Muehleck. 
Friday, August 19 | 5:30 p.m.
Virtual Workshop: Exquisitely Connected
Join artist Molly Gaston Johnson for a free, online guided experience taking you through the process of creating a submission for the Exquisitely Connected Project.  Learn about the Surrealist art form, “The Exquisite Corpse” and connect to hundreds of others. Molly will take you through an art making experience that taps into your hopes and feelings for the future, or creating a metaphor for where we find ourselves today. All you need are a few basic art supplies and your imagination!
Saturday, September 3 | 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Family Program: Nature Journaling with Comic Artist Jonathan Case

Little Monarchs is a comic book with a big story about the monarch butterfly and its importance to our environmental health. Join us to explore 35 original artworks from the book and meet the author – Northwest cartoonist Jonathan Case. He’ll be joined by naturalists from the Xerces Society for a program inside and outside on the grounds of the museum to help you begin a nature journal of your own. Case will lead us in drawing while Xerces Society entomologists will be on hand to help you identify specimens. Dress for inside and outside exploration. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Advance Registration requested: 509-773-3733 ext. 20.
Saturday, September 10 |  5 p.m.
I'm in Love Again...with Maryhill
Mark your calendar and join us for a magical, 1920s-themed evening to celebrate Maryhill and raise funds in support of exhibitions, education programs, and museum operations.

It’s going to be the bee’s knees! Don your roaring ’20s duds, enjoy a delicious Italian dinner with wines and brews, kick up your heels with fellow Maryhill supporters, and even meet Sam Hill in person.

TICKETS: $100 / per person
For sponsorship and table information, email  
Exquisite Gorge Project II On View
After two plus years of planning and process, the Exquisite Gorge Project II: Fiber Arts culminated in a day-long fiber arts festival on the grounds of Maryhill. Hundreds of visitors gathered to try their hand at different fiber-based techniques and to see the artist-created sculpture at the center of the Exqusite Gorge Project. Visitors enjoyed the finished installation and heard artists give short talks explaining their process.
The undulating finished piece -- a fiber interpretation of the Columbia River and the communities along a 220-mile stretch -- is on view at the museum through September 10. 
Images top to bottom: Best Cultural Element: Lynn Mehta (Alexandria, VA), Biggs Junction, oil, 12” x 16”; Honorable Mention: Anton Pavlenko (Molalla, OR), Summer Stillness, oil, 16” x 20”Exquisite Gorge images by Friderike Heuer.
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