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International Sculpture Day at Freeland Art Studios
On Saturday, April 27th International Sculpture Day was celebrated at the Freeland Art Studios. Many new sculptures were on display from the resident artists. Visiting artists Richard Nash, Jeff Day, Pat McVay, Dexter Lewis, and Dan Freeman also had sculpture on display.
An award ceremony recognized local sculptors: Lane Tompkins and Lloyd Whannell for their work in stone sculpture. Therese Kingsbury was recognized for her work promoting Whidbey Island sculpture shows. This annual recognition is given by Sculpture Northwest, a leading proponent of outdoor sculpture in the four counties of Island, Skagit, Whatcom and San Juan.
Freeland Art Studios is located at 1660 Roberta Avenue in Freeland.
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Sculptor Ann Morris has gifted Western Washington University a 14.5-acre retreat on Lummi Island along with her studio and 16 large bronze sculptures. She will continue to use the studio overlooking Rosario Strait, but will allow WWU to host events at the property.
The Western Foundation will maintain the sculptures and use the property for its fine arts curriculum. The property may be used to display student work in an on-site gallery, a concert venue for recitals, or short artist residencies. Western Foundation has created an endowment for the property from private donors who have committed nearly $1 million to preserve the collection and it’s home.
Sculpture Woods is open the first Saturday of each month from 10 am to 5 pm.
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Restoring Joseph Kinnebrew sculptures
For the past several months Sculpture Northwest has been working on restoring a collection of Joseph Kinnebrew sculptures. We have made arrangements for leasing a warehouse at Bellingham Airport thru the Port of Bellingham. Restoration of the first of these, “Meditation” a powder coated steel sculpture has been completed. We are well on our way to completing two more later this summer. The work is being done by Hayley-Ann Law, a recent graduate of Bellingham Technical College along with the assistance of sculptor Shirley Erickson.
“Valley of Our Spirits”
On Mount Vernon’s Riverwalk Park along the Skagit River, a new sculpture to honor the native people was recently installed. “Valley of Our Spirits” is a 23’ steel tower containing rocks from the Skagit River, It is adorned with images of fish and animals in stainless steel and colored glass, with an eagle on top looking toward downtown Mount Vernon. Purchased by the City of Mount Vernon, it’s the work of Sculpture Northwest Associate Member Milo White, glass artist and Sculpture Northwest board member Lin McJunkin, and artist Jay Bowen of the Upper Skagit Tribe.