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Freeland Library - Artwork

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Bronze Cat

Bronze cat with butterflies on her shoulder and books at her feet installed in the teen section of the library. Georgia Gerber was born in 1955 and grew up in Chester County, Pa. She studied sculpture and bronze casting at Bucknell University and then moved west to attend graduate school at the University of Washington. Along with her husband, she lives on rural Whidbey Island, Wash., where she operates her own studio and foundry with the assistance of two women artisans and her husband. Georgia primarily works with life size animal and human figures, often incorporating architectural or abstract elements into the design. A career emphasis has been the creation of accessible public artwork that encourages viewer interaction.

History / Background:This sculpture was donated in memory of Tonya Scriven, an avid user of the Freeland Library. Tonya was killed in a tragic accident on Dec. 15, 2007 while attempting to cross Highway 525 after getting off the Island Transit bus at Wonn Road. She attended South Whidbey High School and was a mentor in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. She loved animals and reading
Medium:Bronze sculpture
Installation Date:November 15, 2008
Funding Source:Tim Scriven and the Scriven Memorial Fund.



On the Lookout

Kananginak Pootoogook, 1935 - 2010. Canadian Inuit artist Kananginak came to Cape Dorset in 1958 and was one of the four original printmakers. His artwork was included in the first catalogued collection of Cape Dorset prints in 1959. He was instrumental in forming the West Baffin Eskimo Co-operative and was a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts. In 1978, four of Kananginak's images were included in a limited edition portfolio released by the World Wildlife Commission. From the beginning of his career, Kananginak has represented wildlife in his work, including the many species of birds that frequent the Arctic.

History / Background:Print of three owls. No. 46/50 from the 2001 Cape Dorset collection. As executor of the estate of Bannister and Margaret Farquhar, David Norton contacted the library in 2016 at their request to donate a collection of Inuit art prints to benefit the Freeland Library. Bannister and Margaret were long-time Freeland residents and library supporters. "On the Lookout" was chosen for the library's permanent art collection because the owl has long been a symbol of knowledge and staff is always "on the lookout" for ways to help people use the library. The remaining prints were sold through silent auction in November 2016 with proceeds given to the Friends of the Freeland Library.
Medium:Stonecut and stencil
Installation Date:April 2017
Funding Source:Donated to the library in 2016 by David and Connie Norton from the estate of Bannister and Margaret Farquhar.



Stained Glass Diary with Heart

David and Cally Beers

History / Background:In memory of library volunteer Jeanne Pruitt. The artist, who is a former library staff member, donated this stained glass as a fund raiser for the Friends of the Freeland Library. At about the same time, one of the library's long-time volunteers passed away and the family inquired about a suitable memorial for her. Their donation was given to the Friends to purchase this piece.
Medium:Stained glass
Installation Date:2009
Funding Source:The family of Jeanne Pruitt.



Sun and Fog

Joann Peterson developed a passion for Asian art since childhood. She was taught by local sumi-e artist, Jo Finley. She was a member of a sumi-e group that met at Greenbank Farm for weekly painting sessions.

History / Background:Joann was president of the Friends of the Freeland Library from 2001 to2007. She entered this painting in a silent art auction as a donation to the fundraising effort for the library.
Medium:Sumi-e ink, watercolor and rice paper.
Installation Date:2007
Funding Source:Carol Wright, long-time member of the Friends, purchased the painting at the silent art auction and then donated it to the library, along with the brass plaque.



Untitled

A large bunny balanced on a stack of books. Mounted on a cement pedestal. Georgia Gerber was born in 1955 and grew up in Chester County, Pa. She studied sculpture and bronze casting at Bucknell University and then moved west to attend graduate school at the University of Washington. Along with her husband, she lives on rural Whidbey Island, Wash., where she operates her own studio and foundry with the assistance of two women artisans and her husband. Georgia primarily works with life size animal and human figures, often incorporating architectural or abstract elements into the design. A career emphasis has been the creation of accessible public artwork that encourages viewer interaction.

History / Background:In memory of Ellen King. Bill Wasloski, a co-worker at Windermere Real Estate, set up a fund to raise donations for the sculpture. King was a former president of the Friends of the Freeland Library, owned several Gerber sculptures and was fascinated with rabbits. These were the themes that Gerber used to design the sculpture of a bunny reclining on a stack of books, reminiscent of Richard Adams' book, "Watership Down." This sculpture was commissioned to be the only one of its kind by the artist
Medium:Bronze mounted on cement pedestal.
Installation Date:September 12, 1998
Funding Source:Friends of Ellen Fitzgerald King.



Untitled

Stained glass depicting Double Bluff, Puget Sound, and the Olympic Mountains above a row of books. Installed in the window above the emergency exit door. Created by Al Ballou and Mary Frawley of Builders Art Glass, Whidbey Island.

History / Background:Installed for the opening of the library in it's Harbor Avenue Location.
Medium:Stained Glass
Installation Date:August, 1994
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It had been startling and disappointing to me to find out that story books had been written by people,
that books were not natural wonders, coming up of themselves like grass.
- Eudora Welty