A $2.6 million gift/bequest from Stevenson for the expansion kicked off a fundraising campaign that included a $1.5 million grant from the Washington state Building for the Arts program.
"There were a few people locally who felt we were committing a crime by doing this," says curator Grafe. "I think they have to come visit it to make up their minds."
IF YOU GO:
WHERE: Maryhill Museum of Art overlooks the Columbia River in Goldendale, Wash., about 225 miles southeast of Seattle via Interstate 90 and Highway 97, or 260 miles via Interstate 5 and Washington's Highway 14.
Nearby hotels include the Quality Inn in Goldendale (( http://www.qualityinn.com ) and Celilo Inn, 24 miles west in The Dalles, Ore. (( http://www.celiloinn.com ). There are other lodging options 50 miles west in Hood River, Ore. Camping is an option at Maryhill and Columbia Hills state parks (( http://www.parks.wa.gov ).
-On exhibit through Nov. 15 in the new Mary and Bruce Stevenson Wing's pavilion-level Laura and John Cheney Gallery are ceramics from the permanent collection, including Romanian folk pottery and art-deco ceramics by Russian sculptor Seraphin Soudbinine, Rodin's chief stone carver.
-Hanging in new gallery space on the terrace level are a dozen British paintings from the permanent collection, most of which have not been displayed in recent years.
-Starting Sept. 15, Maryhill will host a special exhibit by David Hockney called "Six Fairy Tales," a compilation of 39 etchings and texts interpreting Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm's fairy tales.
While in the area, plan to visit:
The Stonehenge Memorial, three miles east of Maryhill. Sam Hill built (it was completed in 1929) a replica of Britain's 3,000-year-old Stonehenge in honor of the war dead of Klickitat County. Open 7 a.m.-dusk. Free admission.
Local wineries: The Maryhill Winery and tasting room is just west of Maryhill Museum on Highway 14. Picnic areas and scenic views from the outdoor terrace. See http://www.columbiagorgewine.com for information on other wineries nearby.
Goldendale Observatory State Park, a five-acre facility housing one of the nation's largest public telescopes. Free admission. See http://www.parks.wa.gov and http://www.perr.com/gosp.html.
Maryhill Museum: See http://www.maryhillmuseum.org or call 509-773-3733. The museum is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily through Nov. 15. Admission is $9 for adults, $8 for seniors and $3 for youth 7-18. Admission is free to the grounds and sculpture garden.
Tourism information: Contact the Greater Goldendale Chamber of Commerce at 509-773-3400 or see http://www.goldendalechamber.org. See also the website for Columbia River Gorge Visitors Association (( http://www.crgva.org ).