Coupeville Library - Artwork

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Cat sculpture mounted on Japanese black walnut table

Cat sculpture: 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 Table: Gary A. Leake moved to Whidbey Island in 2000 and is a woodworker whose passion is to find a special one-of-a-kind piece of wood and turn it into a finely engineered and beautiful piece of furniture. He is influenced by methods and styles of earlier times, using antique woodworking tools and skills.

History / Background:"Jake" the Maine coon cat was presented in honor of Janet Enzmann (1925–2010) by the people of Coupeville in appreciation for her tireless work of behalf of the community. Janet contributed countless hours volunteering at the Coupeville Library. Coming in several times a week, she organized and cataloged book donations and coordinated fundraising events such as the annual Silent Book Auction.
Medium:Cat sculpture is bronze. Table is Japanese black walnut.
Installation Date:April 3, 2010
Funding Source:Community friends of Janet Enzmann

The Coupeville Library entrance sign

The artist's design captures the natural beauty of central Whidbey Island and the town of Coupeville, with water, wharf, birds and trees spanning the library's main entrance. Daniel Sirak is a multi-media artist from Coupeville. His professional background includes design work, web design, branding/logo development, and signage for commerical businesses.

History / Background:After a call to artists in 2010 to design orginal artwork fro the new Coupeville Library, Daniel Sirak's design concept was selected by the Coupeville Library Art Committee for the main entrance to the building.
Medium:Black Wrought Iron
Installation Date:March 2010
Funding Source:Funded as part of the 2008 voter-approved bond to expand and renovate the Coupeville Library.


The alder wood panel at the entrance to the children's area is a hand carved graphic depiction of the historical and cultural qualities of Central Whidbey Island. Elements of the marine and agricultural heritage are featured with figures and details in the design that appeal to both children and caregivers. Glen Russell (1945–2010) came to Seattle at age 12, graduated from Queen Anne High School, studied art at the University of Washington, and joined the U.S. Marine Corps, serving in Vietnam. He moved with his family to Greenbank in 1974. As a professional artist, Glen Russell created wood carvings, stone sculptures and custome signs. He carved the ornate cherry wood entrance doors to the Island Country Historical Museum, the hand carved red cedar original Coupeville Library exterior sign in 1988, and many other works of art found throughout Whidbey Island.

History / Background:After a call to artists in 2010 to develop original artwork for the new Coupeville Library, Glen Russell was selected by the Coupevillle Library Art Committee to design a project for the library's children's area entrance.
Medium:Alder wood carving and sculpture
Installation Date:Archway installed on Aug. 22, 2010. Dedication ceremony was held on Oct. 25, 2010.
Funding Source:Funded as part of the 2008 voter-approved bond to expand and renovate the Coupeville Library.