Jill Torberson, a Woodstock resident and sculpture artist, was surprised to receive a call--out-of-the-blue--from Maryhill Museum in Goldendale, Washington. She learned that she is one of ten artists selected to exhibit at the museum's 12th annual Outdoor Sculpture Invitational. The exhibit features sculptures by established and emerging Northwest artists.
Torberson often works with recycled steel to make garden art. Her artwork has been a popular part of the annual Woodstock pre-Mother's Day Plant Sale for the past two years. In the fall of 2005, Portland General Electric commissioned her to create a sculpture using surplus material from their power stations and metal shops, for their offices in the World Trade Center building in downtown Portland.
The two pieces of Torberson's work selected for the Maryhill exhibit are in keeping with Northwest history and the museum's outdoor environment: 'Fertility Petroglyph' incorporates an old wagon wheel; 'Peacock Feathers' uses heavy steel, but manages to give the appearance of graceful curves.
Lee Musgrave, curator of Maryhill exhibits, notes that there are many peacocks roaming the museum grounds. 'I'm just waiting to take a photo of this sculpture with one of the birds near it,' he says.
The Outdoor Sculpture Invitational was begun in 1996 to complement the museum's extensive collection of sculptures by Auguste Rodin, the famous and influential late 19th century French sculptor who specialized in bronze.
The Maryhill Museum of Art, a castle-like mansion overlooking the Columbia River Gorge, is located just west of U.S. Highway 97, on Washington Scenic Route 14, and is open daily, including holidays, from 9 to 5. At the site are also a café, gift shop, and picnic grounds. General museum admission is $7.