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Exquisite Gorge I

Photographer and writer Friderike Heuer covered the first incarnation of Exquisite Gorge, the 2019 collaborative art project organized by the Maryhill Museum of Art. Artists working with communities in sections of a 220-mile stretch of the Columbia River between its confluences with the Willamette and Snake rivers created 6×4-foot woodcuts depicting life and the environment in their section of the river system. It all culminated with a grand event on the museum grounds pressing a 66-foot-long print with a steamroller.

Exquisite Gorge 8 & 9: The Map Makers

As the print date for Maryhill Museum’s Columbia River project approaches, its artists think about the mix of maps and territory.

Exquisite Gorge 7: The Explorer

Printmaker Molly Gaston Johnson follows Lewis & Clark’s westward path to make her mark on theColumbia River project.

Exquisite Gorge 6: The Guardian

Grand Ronde tribes’ Greg Archuleta links past and future in Maryhill’s Columbia Gorge print project.

Exquisite Gorge 5: The Alchemist

STORY AND PHOTOGRAPHS BY FRIDERIKE HEUER “Alchemy – noun : a power or process that changes or transforms something in a mysterious or impressive way.” (Merriam-Webster)  * THE ENGLISH WORD ALCHEMY has its historical roots in the Greek term chēmeia (the Arabic article al was added later when the word

Exquisite Gorge 4: The Bee Maven

STORY AND PHOTOGRAPHS BY FRIDERIKE HEUER “The bees build in the crevicesOf loosening masonry, and thereThe mother birds bring grubs and flies.My wall is loosening; honey-bees,Come build in the empty house of the stare.” W.B. Yeats wrote these words in the sixth section of

Exquisite Gorge 3: The Listener

STORY AND PHOTOGRAPHS BY FRIDERIKE HEUER How does an artist decide which questions to raise and which, if any, answers to provide? How does an educator reach an audience and communicate innovative ideas hoping to stir up responses that foster curiosity and

Exquisite Gorge 2: The Witness

STORY AND PHOTOGRAPHS BY FRIDERIKE HEUER HOW DO YOU TELL A STORY that is not necessarily your own? How do you draw a landscape that did not always belong to you? How do you document reality without appropriating someone else’s history? These

Exquisite Gorge 1: Getting started

STORY AND PHOTOGRAPHS BY FRIDERIKE HEUER I have on previous occasions written on this or that aspect of Maryhill Museum of Art in Washington, which I like to visit as often as I can. An eclectic collection of paintings, fashion, artifacts of some Eastern

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