Sherman County eNews #188


  1. Moro Rural Fire Protection District Board Meeting, July 18

  2. Exquisite Gorge Printmaking Project Takes Columbia Gorge by Storm

  3. Ripples in a Pond

  4. Eastern Oregon Nonprofit Conference, Sept. 25-26

“During the course of administration, and in order to disturb it, the artillery of the press has been levelled against us, charged with whatsoever its licentiousness could devise or dare. These abuses of an institution so important to freedom and science are deeply to be regretted, inasmuch as they tend to lessen its usefulness and to sap its safety.” —Thomas Jefferson (1805)

1. Notice. Moro Rural Fire Protection District Board Meeting, July 18

Moro RFPD Board Meeting

July 18, 2019


Moro Fire Station

2. Exquisite Gorge Printmaking Project Takes Columbia Gorge by Storm

(GOLDENDALE, Wash., July 17, 2019) –Maryhill Museum of Art’s collaborative printmaking project is taking the Columbia River Gorge by storm. The Exquisite Gorge Project is the first of its kind in the region and took its inspiration from Surrealist art practice known as exquisite corpse. In this case, the Columbia River will become the unifying element in a flowing 66-foot artwork telling 10 conceptual stories of the Columbia River and its people.

The unique project features 11 artists working with communities along a 220-mile stretch of the Columbia River from the Willamette to the Snake River confluence.  Each artist was assigned a stretch of the river and is working with input from community members to carve images on 4 x 6 foot wood panels. The woodblock panels will be then joined end-to-end to form a massive 66-foot steamrolled print completed on the grounds of Maryhill on Saturday, August 24.

Some sections have been carved, while others are still in progress, with each artist taking a different approach to developing creative content by engaging with the local community. For example:

  • Neal Harrington, a printmaker from Russellville, Arkansas, worked with community members in The Dalles, Oregon to learn more about the stretch of river he was assigned and develop motifs he used in his final woodblock design.
  • Students and art faculty from Lewis & Clark College were assigned an area of the Columbia that extends from just east of Portland to just west of Cascade Locks. The stretch of river encompasses much of the area affected by the 2017 Eagle Creek Fire, which is the focus of their print. After interviewing residents and geologists, as well as hiking the area and studying aerial photographs, the students chose to draw attention to the boundary between urban and wilderness areas, in both literal and metaphorical terms, as well as the cycle from fire-damaged forest to new growth.
  • Molly Gaston Johnson, a printmaker from Lake Cuomo, New Jersey, sought input from students at Hood River Valley High School, asking them to write haikus to capture their thoughts and feelings about the river.
  • Portland artist Roger Peet was assigned section seven of the project – Miller Island to the John Day River – and invited community members to help carve the woodblock at a local library.
  • Mike McGovern, also from Portland, is working on his block during a residency at Little Bear Hill in The Dalles through July 23. He is collaborating with students from the Wahtonka Community High School, who are helping him direct imagery for the block.
  • Drew F. Cameron of the collective Combat Paper will visit the region in early August to complete section nine from Roosevelt to Hat Rock. Cameron plans to work with Columbia Gorge veterans and The Columbia Gorge Veterans Museum to create an original woodblock.

The public is encouraged to follow the project on social media, searching #exquisitegorgeproject or visiting the dedicated web page to see images of artists’ works-in-progress.

Oregon Arts Watch has also published several articles about some of the sections completed to date. For more information about this project, specific artists and/or images of their work-in-progress, please contact Colleen Schafroth at or 509-773-3733 ext. 23.

Once all of the print blocks have been carved, Maryhill Museum of Art will host a day-long event on Saturday, August 24, where the public can meet the artists, engage in hands-on printmaking activities and watch as the blocks are inked and a steamroller runs the length of the giant piece of paper to create one large, continuous print. The print will be on view at the museum from September 3 – 25, 2019.


Exquisite Gorge Steamroller Print Event

Saturday, August 24 | noon to 4 p.m.

Come join in the fun at the culmination of the Exquisite Gorge Project, a collaborative printmaking project featuring 11 artists working with communities along a 220-mile stretch of the Columbia River. Artists worked with community members from their assigned stretch of river and carved images on 4 x 6 foot wood panels. Each completed panel will be connected end-to-end and printed using a steamroller to create a massive 66-foot print. Washington State Poet Laureate, Claudia Castro Luna, will be at Maryhill to create a poem commemorating the event and the Columbia River. Meet the artists at noon, enjoy kids printmaking activities, music and more. Free on the grounds of Maryhill Museum of Art. For more information, visit

Exquisite Gorge Exhibition

September 3 – 25, 2019

View a unique 66-foot print created with a steam roller on the grounds of Maryhill Museum of Art. Eleven artists were selected to create a woodblock carving inspired by and in collaboration with communities along the Columbia River from the Snake to the Willamette. Similar to the Surrealist practice of “exquisite corpse,” each artist’s unique print block was joined with the others to form a continuous image, with the Columbia River running through it. On view in the museum’s M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust Education Center.

SPONSORS & PARTNERS:  This project would not be possible without a range of partners along the Columbia River who helped facilitate the project and connect artists with communities. These include:  Maryhill Museum of Art, Lewis & Clark College, Arts in Education of the Gorge, The Dalles-Wasco County Library, The Columbia Gorge Veterans Museum, The Dalles Art Center, Fort Vancouver Regional Libraries, Whitman College, and White Salmon Arts Council, Little Bear Hill, LLC., Klickitat County, Department of Economic Development, Lodging Tax Award, Vonda Chandler, Gunkel Orchards, Maryhill Winery, Jo Dean and Juris Sarins, McClain’s Printmaking Supplies, Continental Hardware, Array of Elegance, Gamblin Artists Colors, Story Gorge, LLC,  Your Party & Event Center, and Greystone Papers.


  • Dylan T. McManus, Artistic Director of Exquisite Gorge Project, Artistic Director of Little Bear Hill, The Dalles, Oregon
  • Louise Palermo, Project Director of Exquisite Gorge Project, Education Curator, Maryhill Museum of Art, Goldendale, Washington
  • Greg Archuleta, The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, Oregon – Section One (Willamette River Confluence to River Mile 110)
  • Michael Namkung/Lewis & Clark College, Portland, Oregon – Section Two (River Mile 110 to McGowans Light)
  • Molly Gaston Johnson, Lake Cuomo, New Jersey – Section Three (McGowans Light to 13 Mile Point)
  • Jane Pagliarulo, Portland, Oregon – Section Four (13 Mile Point to Rowena)
  • Neal Harrington, Russellville, Arkansas – Section Five (Rowena to Browns Island)
  • Steven Muñoz, Washington, DC – Section Six (Browns Island to Miller Island)
  • Roger Peet, Portland, Oregon- Section Seven (Miller Island to John Day River
  • Mike McGovern, Portland, Oregon-Section Eight (John Day River to Roosevelt
  • Combat Paper/Drew F. Cameron-Section Nine (Roosevelt to Hat Rock)
  • Sarah Finger & Nicole Pietrantoni/Whitman College, Walla Walla, Washington-Section Ten (Hat Rock to Snake River Confluence)
  • Ken Spiering, Valleyford, Washington-Frontispiece.

3. Ripples in a Pond

How much of our own behavior do you think affects those around us? Sometimes, without us ever knowing, what we say and do has a profound influence on how others see themselves and their paths through life. For proof, the following is a story from a husband and father:

“For a very long time, I have been struggling with how to talk to my son, who is now 8 years old.  Despite being a great kid, he has a very negative self-image and is an unforgiving perfectionist. In the past, my reaction to some of his behavior has been very negative and deconstructive and usually leads to outbursts and very negative self-talk. During the class, I had an ‘Aha’ that my negative reaction to his behavior was helping create a bigger problem.

“Upon coming home from our training, I immediately told my wife what I had learned. The next morning, I committed myself to use the, ‘Stop it, you are better than that / Next time…’ approach with my son. As instances would arise, I could see that my change helped keep the situation calm and we had no outbursts the entire weekend. I felt the change was doing something, but I wasn’t sure if the kids even noticed.

“It was not until today that I figured out how much of an impact the change is having on my kids. My wife called me to let me know that she was walking by the bedroom where my two sons were playing and she heard the 8 year old say, ‘You are better than that.’ Knowing the changes I was trying to make, my wife immediately went into the room and asked what the boys were talking about. My 8 year old piped up and told my wife, ‘Daddy has changed. When we used to get in trouble, he would get mad at us and now he tells we are better than that. I really like that.'”

How many times have we said things or reacted out of habit, without giving thought to the words we use or the reactions we are causing? Like ripples in a pond when you drop a stone in the water, our words and actions spread out, far and wide. Perhaps it is time to do a little, “Stop it. I’m better than that,” on ourselves…and with family, with co-workers, friends, even casual acquaintances. You never know the effect you can have. ~The Pacific Institute

4. Eastern Oregon Nonprofit Conference, Sept. 25-26

Eastern Oregon Nonprofit Conference

September 25th & 26th, 2019
Four Rivers Cultural Center
Ontario, Oregon

In partnership with Four Rivers Community Foundation, the Center for Nonprofit Stewardship is proud to present the Eastern Oregon Nonprofit Conference this September.

The event hosts a number of expert speakers to provide informative talks and interactive workshops alongside opportunities for networking. The 2019 conference will include a variety of sessions that cover a wide scope of topics such as fund development, financial accountability, organizational and board development, and diversity, equity and inclusion.

Attendees can also attend a networking reception the night before. This reception will give you a chance to meet other nonprofit board members and staff, funders from across the state, and more. Refreshments and a no-host bar provided. Full learning program to be announced. If you cannot attend the conference, but would like to come to the reception, please register here.


Wednesday Night Reception

Early bird registration $99
Regular registration
(after August 28th)

Register Today!

See the full schedule, including session descriptions and speaker details!

September 25th Reception:

This reception, held from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, will be full of ample opportunities for networking with funders, exhibitors, and other attendees. We will have a short learning program and offer appetizers and a no-host bar.

September 26th Schedule:

  • 8:30am: Registration Opens
  • 9:30am: Welcome and Keynote
  • 10:15am: Breakout Session 1
  • 11:45am: Networking Lunch
  • 1:00pm: Breakout Session 2
  • 2:30pm: Afternoon Break and Snack
  • 2:45pm: Breakout Session 3
  • 4:15pm: Close


The Eastern Oregon Nonprofit Conference will be at the Four Rivers Cultural Center on the Treasure Valley Community College campus.

Four Rivers Cultural Center
676 SW 5th Ave
Ontario, OR 97914