Stanwood Library - Artwork

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by Jack Archibald

History / Background:Designed, fabricated and donated to the Stanwood Library by the artist. Two stained glass windows serve as the backdrop at the customer service desk
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The Discovery of Mankind

Doug Granum's retelling of the story of Raven's discovery of mankind is engraved on a slate bench. Three stone monoliths polished and/or engraved with petroglyphs native to this region accompany a large bronze clam shell. Raven peers into the shell and is in the act of staring back in consternation as he sees members of the human race for the first time. "This Discovery of Mankind" is intended as an invitation to explore art.

History / Background:The five-piece sculpture located at the library entrance, "The Discovery of Mankind," is the result of a gift to the Stanwood-Camano Friends of the Library. In 1999 Jill Maxim made the gift as a memorial to her husband, Rod. The Stanwood-Camano Friends of the Library decided to combine the Maxim gift with various memorial donations received over the years. A committee was appointed by then Friends' President, Len Smith, to implement the sculpture project. Members were May Palmer, Icle Crow, Doris Henry, and Alanna Stone. A prospectus was sent to local and regional artists asking them to submit proposals. The project was awarded to Doug Granum of Southworth, Wash., a recognized expert in Northwest Indigenous mythology.
Installation Date:1999
Funding Source:The Stanwood-Camano Friends of the Library thank the following businesses and individuals for their contributions: The City of Stanwood; John Amber-Oliver; Roger Hill, Landscape Architect; Anita Hill; Jerry Heichel, Cement Finisher; Frank and Joan Pang; Stanwood Redi-Mix; Norm Stone; Matt Koetje, Puget Sound Land Service, Inc.


Jack Gunter is a local artist and writer who resides in the Stanwood-Camano area. The Stanwood-Camano Friends of the Library commissioned him in 2011 to create an original piece of art for the library.

History / Background:Gunter was inspired by a children’s event, the Stuffed Animal Sleepover. This special event is an evening story time for children and their favorite stuffed animals. The toys sleep overnight and are captured on film in a variety of hijinks. With whimsy as inspiration, Gunter recreated the night’s event using enamel on steel and enamel on magnetic film. With a large backdrop of 4’ by 8’ a library scene comes to life with toys and animals painted on the magnetic film. The joy of the painting is that the library scene is ever changing as the magnetic pieces are moved around the painting. The painting was unveiled on June 5, 2011 in celebration as the Stanwood Library opened on a Sunday for the first time.
Medium:Enamel on steel and enamel on magnetic film.
Installation Date:June 5, 2011
Funding Source:Stanwood-Camano Friends of the Library

Untitled glass partition in the teen area.

A printing by Jim Andrews.

History / Background:The selection of people and places in this colorful piece of glasswork was compiled by the artist from the archives of the Stanwood-Camano News and selected by the Stanwood Library Board for their significance to the community.
Medium:Glass with silk screen printing
Installation Date:1990s
Funding Source:Funded by personal donations.