Local foundation donates to Maryhill Museum project

Pendleton Woolen Mills vice-chairman and his wife also make contribution

A Washougal foundation and a Pendleton Woolen Mills executive are helping the Maryhill Museum of Art realize a goal of expanding.

The “Kind Heart Free Spirit Foundation” has provided a $10,000 grant toward the construction of the 25,000-square foot Mary and Bruce Stevenson Wing.

The vice-chairman of Pendleton Woolen Mills, Broughton “Brot” Bishop, and his wife Mary, of Portland, have donated $200,000 for the project.

Together the gifts bring the museum within $40,000 of the amount needed to secure a matching grant of $400,000 from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust.

Construction is currently underway on the first expansion in the museum’s history. The wing is slated for completion this spring, and a formal dedication will take place May 12 and 13.

It will include an art education center, a centralized suite for storage and research access to the museum’s collections, an outdoor plaza and a café with terrace seating and views of the Columbia River Gorge.

The museum’s $10 million capital campaign received a $2.6 million gift from Mary Hoyt Stevenson and a $1.5 million award from the Washington State Building for the Arts fund. Additional contributions have come from the museum’s trustees, members and friends, as well as regional foundations and businesses.

Maryhill Museum of Art is located at 35 Maryhill Museum Drive, Goldendale. For additional information about the capital campaign, call (509) 773-3733 or visit www.maryhillmuseum.org/donate.html.

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