West Coast Woodcut: Contemporary Relief Prints by Regional Artists opens at Maryhill Museum of Art on Saturday, July 13

West Coast Woodcut, which will run through November 15, explores the natural beauty, cityscapes and social worlds of the West Coast through 60 woodcut prints, linocuts and wood engravings by artists from Washington, Oregon and California.

Among the featured artists are some of the most well-known printmakers on the West Coast, including Oregon artists Berk Chappell, Dennis Cunningham, Erik Sandgren, Jonnel Covault, Manuel Izquierdo and Paul Gentry; Washington artist Yoshiko Yamamoto; and California artists Andrea Rich, Art Hazelwood, Daniel González, Gordon Mortenson, Leonardo Nuñez, Rik Olson and Tom Killion.

“Preparations for this exhibition have taken several years,” says Maryhill’s Curator of Art, Steve Grafe. “We needed to locate artists working across a vast region and then sift through their available prints to find the exact ones that were appropriate for the display. I sought to give fair representation to all three states, and tried to stay mindful of the population and geography that separates California from the two Northwest states. My hope is that all visitors to the exhibition will be able to identify multiple images representing places that they have visited before.”

The works showcase the natural, urban, and social/cultural worlds that are found in the Pacific states. Many of the prints are landscapes; others relate to regional flora and fauna, homelessness, immigration, natural resource management, and environmental issues. All of the works are drawn from Maryhill Museum of Art’s permanent collection.

An exhibition opening will take place on Saturday, July 13 from 3:30 p.m. onwards. There will be a gallery tour at 3:30 p.m. with exhibition curator Art Steve Grafe. Featured artists will be in attendance and each will have the opportunity to speak briefly about their work. This will be followed by a reception with the artists at 5:00 p.m. in Loïe’s: The Museum Café and the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust Education Center.                                        Featured artists include:
Alexis Babayan, Berkley Chappell, Jonnel Covault, Dennis Cunningham, Chris Darr, Kristen Etmund, Paul Gentry, Leon Gilmour, Daniel González, Ronnie Goodman, Stirling Gorsuch, Art Hazelwood, Arthur Higgins, Manuel Izquierdo, Tom Killion, Álvaro D. Márquez, Gordon Mortenson, Elizabeth C. Neuman, Peter Nevins, Leonardo Nuñez, Rik Olson, Neil Peck, Roger Peet, Bill Reiswig, Andrea Rich, Erik Sandgren, Micah Schwaberow, Patrick Simon, Charlotte Van Zant-King, Monique Wales, Millie Whipplesmith Plank, Yoshiko Yamamoto, and Reinaldo Gil Zambrano.

The following special exhibitions are also on view at Maryhill Museum of Art through the end of the season.

Maryhill Favorites: Still Life
March 15–November 15, 2019
Still life prints and paintings from Maryhill’s permanent collection, including work by Robert Douglas Hunter, Richard Lack, Henk Bos, Jakob Bogdani, Katja Oxman, and Oregon artists John Van Dreal and Robert Bibler. The exhibition includes a sumptuous painting of poppies and fruit by British artist Annie Feray Mutrie, considered one of the foremost flower painters of the Victorian era.

Théodore Rivière: Sculpture
March 15–November 15, 2019
The 19th-century French artist Théodore Rivière (1857–1912) is best known for his small-scale sculptures with Orientalist themes. His works also frequently show Art Nouveau influences. On view are more than a dozen figurative sculptures in bronze, marble and terra cotta.

Théâtre de la Mode
March 15–November 15, 2019
Created as a means to re-build France’s fashion industry after the devastation of World War II, this exhibition shows one-third human size mannequins wearing fashions created by the country’s finest designers. When it debuted at Louvre’s Museum of Decorative Arts in 1945, the opening drew 100,000 visitors. After touring Europe and the US in 1946, the exhibition languished in the basement of San Francisco’s City of Paris department store; the sets were destroyed, but the mannequins were saved by Alma de Bretteville Spreckels who championed their acquisition by Maryhill Museum of Art. Maryhill is now home to nine re-built sets and restored mannequins. During 2019, three Théâtre de la Mode sets will leave storage and rotate onto view: André Beaurepaire’s “La Grotto Enchantée” (The Enchanted Grotto); Jean-Denis Malclès’ “Le Jardin Marveilleux” (The Marvelous Garden); and André Dignimont’s “Palais Royale.”
The sets feature garments and accessories by such celebrated designers as Worth, Jean Patou, Balenciaga, Nina Ricci, Mad Carpentier, Lanvin, Schiaparelli, Hermès, Pierre Balmain, and Grès, among others.
Coming soon in the Museum’s M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust Education Center.

Works on Paper: Drawing Reality
June 1 – July 17, 2019
Presented in collaboration with Aristides Atelier at Seattle’s Gage Academy, this exhibition examines importance of developing drawing skills, as well as understanding drawing as a finished art form.

2019 Plein Air Painting in the Columbia River Gorge
August 4 – 24, 2019
An annual showcase of works created by artists during the Pacific Northwest Plein Air Event. Forty artists from the northwest and across the country spend four days plein air painting in the Columbia River Gorge, capturing the incredible light and landscape, from snowcapped Mount Hood and surrounding orchards, to wineries, high plateaus and waterfalls. Paintings are on view and available for purchase in the museum’s M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust Education Center. As work is sold and removed, other work created during the paint-out will replace it. A portion of the proceeds support Maryhill Museum of Art.

Exquisite Gorge
September 3 – 25, 2019
View a unique 66-foot print created with a steamroller on the grounds of Maryhill. Eleven artists were selected to create a woodblock carving inspired by and in collaboration with communities along the Columbia River from the Snake River to the Willamette. Similar to the Surrealist practice of “exquisite corpse,” each artist’s unique print block are joined with the others to form a continuous image, with the Columbia River running through it. The steamroller printing will take place on Saturday, August 24.

Oregon Art Education Association Exhibition
Teachers as Artists – After the Demo
October 1 – November 15, 2019
Teachers as Artists is an annual juried exhibition in the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust Education Center showcasing the talents of OAEA members who are current or retired arts educators. This year we invited art teachers to submit works in any genre that explore identity. Presented in partnership with Oregon Art Education Association. Juror: Veronica Alvarez, Ed D., Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Director of School and Teacher