Evergreen Arboretum And Gardens Sculpture Event This Weekend At Everett’s Legion Park

There are a lot of events with the Arts this weekend in Everett, Washington. The Everett Art Walk is on Thursday and Fresh Paint will be in downtown Everett on Saturday and Sunday. One other event is a Sculpture Walk. Here’s the scoop.

“Bound by a Common Future” from artist Carl Nelson who helped organize the event. Photo credit: Evergreen Arboretum and Gardens

Evergreen Arboretum and Gardens and Northwest Stone Sculptors Association (NWSSA) will present Sculpture Walk, August 20th and 21st in the Arboretum from 10 AM to 5 PM, in conjunction with the Schack Arts Center’s Fresh Paint event. All sculptures will be for sale and artists will be on hand. There will be sculpture demos downtown at Fresh Paint and at the Arboretum, located in Legion Memorial Park at 145 Alverson Blvd, Everett. On Saturday the Arboretum will close to the public promptly at 5 PM for a private, members-only event.

Two Soapstone Carving Workshops Members of NWSSA and the Arboretum will also be offered on Saturday, Aug 20.. Pre-registration is required (each class is limited to 15 so reserve early) and there is a $30 materials fee (tools are safe and all supplies included).  Workshop #1 is 10 – 11:30 AM and Workshop #2 is scheduled for 1 – 2:30 PM. Both workshops will be held outside in the upper parking lot of Evergreen Arboretum Classroom 105. Youth 8 years and older will learn how to carve animal shapes from soapstone. Participants will be shown how to file stone and create a unique sculpture. Adults bringing children under 12 are encouraged to stay will them during the workshop, held in the upper parking lot at the Arboretum. Wear clothes that can get dirty and a mask. Link to register is https://www.evergreenarboretum.com/classesandevents/carving-soapstone-animals-workshop-1.

Carl Nelson, a member of the Northwest Stone Sculptor’s Association helped organize this event and is one of the many sculptors who will be displaying. Nelson says “I have a deep emotional drive to learn and create. I strive to call on positive emotions, be engaging, and nurture relationships. I use all the skill, achievement, and wisdom I possess to leave myself and the world a better place and be part of a larger purpose and meaning.

 

“I enjoy creating art that portrays the warmth and goodness of being with others. Most recently, I have been concerned with making art that raises the awareness of how to measure a Better Future for All (BFFA), and in particular the use of social progress indicators (see socialprogress.org) to make visible how well a community provides for its members well-being.”

 

Eileen Simmons, President of Evergreen Arboretum and Gardens says, “We are pleased to be able to offer this event in an expanded two-day format. Enthusiasm for this event was very high last year, when over 50 sculptures lined the Arboretum pathways. Offering the Soapstone classes is also part of our mission and should be lots of fun. We appreciate our sponsors for supporting us and this event.”

 

Sponsors include Newland Construction, Sunnyside Nursery and Lamoureux Real Estate; and event partners, Northwest Stone Sculptors Association and Schack Arts Center.

 

The mission of Evergreen Arboretum and Gardens is to create and maintain an inspirational arboretum and gardens accessible to all, internationally acclaimed and locally enjoyed for its plant diversity, original art and educational opportunities.



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