Programs | Plein Air in the Gorge | Festival of Fiber Arts & More...
Programs | Plein Air in the Gorge | Festival of Fiber Arts & More...


July 2022

July 18-22, 2022| 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily
Art of the Natural World: Serious STEAM engagement
Explore how science and art work together to enhance understanding in the classroom. During this five-day workshop, we’ll delve deep into how students make connections between concepts, hone our observation and problem-solving skills, learn about artists, their media and practice, and use the world around us to illustrate, imagine, explore, create, and interpret the beauty of our planet. Gain skills and confidence to incorporate art making – from drawing and illustration to printmaking, sculpture and photography – into lessons on biology, zoology, botany, anatomy, physics and more.

Curator of Education, Louise Palermo will co-present the Institute with Colleen Schafroth, Executive Director as lead instructor. Guest artists include Molly Gaston Johnson, Christopher Pothier, Marjorie Williams-Smith, Duncan Berry and more.

Cost: $230 museum members / $245 non-members. Advance registration required.
Credit available through Antioch University Seattle for an additional fee. Continuing Education Clock-hours are available; scholarship available.
Questions? Call 509 773-3733 ext. 20 or email
Saturday, July 2 | 2 - 2:30 p.m.
Artist Talk with Magda Nica 

Join artist Magda Nica as she discusses her section of The Exquisite Gorge Project II: Fiber Arts and get a sneak preview of each section (see map). Section Seven will be on exhibition in the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust Education Center July 1 to August 4, 2022.
Saturday, July 9 | 1 p.m.
Meet the Artists
Meet the artists featured in the exhibition Illustrating the Natural World of the Pacific Northwest. Biological illustration helps develop an intimate understanding of our natural world while conveying an emotional, aesthetic response to what we see. Students and teachers from the Gage Academy of Art in Seattle share their process and artwork.  

This exhibition was juried by Dr. Art Evans, internationally recognized entomologist, educator, author, lecturer, photographer, and broadcaster. 

July 31 - August 27, 2022
PNW Plein Air in the Columbia Gorge
Painters from throughout the Pacific Northwest and beyond gather to capture the splendor of the Columbia River Gorge during a four-day paint out.  After four days of painting en plein air, works are displayed at Maryhill, with prizes awarded to the most exceptional works. Awards will be given in a number of categories, including “Best Sky,” “Best Mountain,” “Best Water,” “Maryhill Museum Award,” and a museum purchase award. Our Juror for 2022 is Paul Kratter. Click here for a full list of participating artists.
The paintings will be available for purchase 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. 

Saturday, August 6 | 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Festival of Fiber Arts

Explore fiber art in all its fabulous forms! Live Sheep Shearing at 10:30 a.m. with M & P Ranch of Goldendale, watch the construction of a 70-foot fiber art sculpture by 13 regional artists who are part of The Exquisite Gorge Project II: Fiber ArtsHands on activities and artist demos throughout the day. Try your hand at weaving, felting, spinning, carding and more! Stash Buster/Builder -- bring your excess yarn or take some and start a new stash. 
All activities are FREE on the grounds at Maryhill. 
The Exquisite Gorge Project II: Fiber Arts was made possible with major support from National Endowment for the Arts; Roundhouse Foundation; Umpqua Bank Charitable Foundation’s Community Grants; The Salvador Fund of the Gorge Community Foundation; Columbia Fiber Arts Guild; and Umpqua Bank, Goldendale Branch. Donated goods and services were provided by: Anonymous, M & P Ranch, Northwest Regional Spinners Association, Premier Metal, Olympic Yarn and Fiber, and StoryGorge. A BIG THANK YOU TO all our community partners and artists.
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 tickets, sponsorship and tables information, email  
Images top to bottom: Artist Tammi Jo Wilson at the 2021 Summer Art Institute; Artist Magda Nica; Yong Hong Zhong (Lake Oswego, OR), Under the Sandy River Bridge (detail), 2021, watercolor, 10” x 13”; Collection of Maryhill Museum of Art; Photo above by Dave Burbach.
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