Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Maryhill Art Museum to Expand

From seattlepi.com

Maryhill Museum says expansion on schedule
Updated 04:56 p.m., Tuesday, August 9, 2011

GOLDENDALE, Wash. (AP) — An expansion at the Maryhill Museum of Art is on schedule and slated to open in spring 2012.

The 25,000-foot expansion is the first in the museum's 97-year history. The expansion will allow for a dedicated art education center, storage for art collections, an outdoor plaza and a café with terrace seating and views of the Columbia River Gorge.

The museum said in a statement Tuesday that its capital campaign has raised $9 million toward the expansion, with $500,000 still to be raised.

The museum, founded by Northwest entrepreneur Sam Hill, opened to the public in 1940 on a hill overlooking the river near Goldendale. Its permanent exhibits include more than 80 works by Auguste Rodin, European and American paintings, Orthodox icons and unique chess sets.

International Chess Sets is one of the permanent exhibits at the Maryhill:

A 1957 exhibit curated by the museum’s director Clifford Dolph led to the creation of this permanent exhibit of chess sets. Today there are about 100 sets of these sculptures in miniature, representing the many countries, cultures and periods in which chess has been played.

Some of these precious and incredibly beautiful sets were featured in Colleen Schaforth's excellent book "The Art of Chess."

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