Members' Month | Programs | Summer Events & More...
Members' Month | Programs | Summer Events & More...


May 2022

We celebrate Maryhill founder Sam Hill every May, on our Members' Appreciation Day; in recent years, we've expanded that day to a full month when we thank members for all they do to ensure the continuation of Sam's seemingly impossible dream of creating a museum "in the middle of nowhere." May 13, 2022 would have been Sam's 165th birthday. We raise a glass to Sam and to all who have a special place in their heart for Maryhill!
Member support makes exhibitions, programs and special events possible. To show our appreciation we are offering members these SPECIAL PERKS in May:
  • Bring a guest for free anytime during May;
  • Drive the Maryhill Loops Road on Saturday, May 14 from 10 AM to noon;
  • Take advantage of an extra 5% discount in the Museum Store (code: MAY15);
  • Our gift to you — a four-postcard package available for pick-up in the Museum Store;
  • Hear about what’s new at Maryhill, tour the collections, exhibitions and education areas and enjoy root beer floats during our Members’ Day on Saturday, May 21 from 1 PM to 5 PM.
Not Yet a Member? Become a member today and join the Maryhill family!
Saturday, May 21 | all day
Member Appreciation Day at Maryhill!
Annual Meeting (1 p.m.)
Director Colleen Schafroth will share some news of our recent accomplishments and where we are headed.

Exhibitions, collections & education tours (2 – 4 p.m.)
Take a behind-the-scenes tour of the collections areas with our new Collections Manager Sarah Purdy, join curator Steve Grafe for a look at the art and artists that are included in the “Northwest/Southwest: Indigenous Art After 1980” exhibition and hear about our programming with Louise Palermo, curator of education.

Dedication of the Sandy & Helen Thomson Overlook (2 p.m.)
Join us to dedicate a scenic walk and viewpoint along the southwest edge of the grounds in memory of Sandy and Helen Thomson. Sandy was a trustee and board president, and his wife, Helen, a dedicated volunteer. The overlook barrier (shown above), was designed and built by sculptor Tom Herrera; the site features his work, Queen for a Day, which was a 2006 Gift of the Arthur G. Dunn Guild.

Members’ Reception with root beer floats! (4 p.m.)
Spend time socializing with fellow members and friends over a root beer float. 

Saturday, June 25 | 4 p.m. onwards
Night at the Museum

A favorite summer tradition returns! Join us for a magical stargazing campout at Maryhill. Rose City Astronomers will provide telescopes to give visitors awe-inspiring views of the summer night sky over the Columbia River Gorge (or bring one from home). Catch glimpses of the Milky Way, the Andromeda Galaxy, Sagittarius, Jupiter, Venus and Mars! A special group of children’s telescopes will give little ones the same incredible views.Learn about the stars during twilight conversations with Troy Carpenter from the Goldendale Observatory and storyteller Will Hornyak. The Museum will remain open until 7 p.m.

Cost for Tent or RV Campsite: $60 members | $70 non-members; CLICK TO REGISTER

Explore fiber arts during programs led by artists of The Exquisite Gorge Project II: Fiber Arts.
Saturday, May 14 | noon - 4 p.m.
Studio Tour with Carolyn Hazel Drake - FREE VIRTUAL EVENT

This is the third of a three-part series for EGPII. Part three will cover how Drake’s fabric art piece is progressing to its near completion at the end of spring 2022. The final artwork will be displayed in front of the Goldendale Community Library for the month of July 2022.

Join the live YouTube event beginning at 1 pm, May 14, by clicking on the following link:

Presented in collaboration with FVRL Goldendale Branch

The Power of Realism: Stories from the Soul
May 6 - June 24, 2022

Master artist Juliette Aristides offers foundational skills necessary for realist artists; she started the atelier program at Seattle's Gage Academy of Art where she served as Director of the Aristides Atelier from 1999 to 2022.
Over the past several years we have collaborated with Juliette and the Aristides Atelier to showcase student and graduate work, connecting through our collections of Richard Lack paintings, whose atelier was the source of Juliette's training. 

This year, we present the themed exhibition The Power of Realism: Stories from the Soul and the continued story of atelier training. It's on view is on view May 6 - June 24, 2022 in the museum's M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust Education Center and also online here.

The exhibition is juried by by Dr. Leo Mazow, Ph.D. from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Dr. Mazow, a thought leader in his field, is the recipient of the prestigious 2013 Eldredge Prize for Distinguished Scholarship in American Art.

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

IMAGES FROM TOP TO BOTTOM: MEMBERS: Arthur W. Higgins (American, 1942–2011), Chickadee (detail), c. 1979, woodblock print, ed.: 2/9, 12” x 11”; Donated by the Estate of Arthur Higgins, Collection of Maryhill Museum of Art; THE EXQUISITE GORGE PROJECT II: Detail of artwork by Carolyn Hazel Drake. POWER OF REALISM: Eve Alison, Not Broken, Oil on canvas.
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