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


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

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

Evergreen Arboretum and Gardens and the Northwest Stone Sculptors Association (NWSSA) will present Sculpture Walk, August 20e and 21st at the Arboretum from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., in conjunction with the Schack Arts Center’s Fresh Paint event. All the sculptures will be for sale and artists will be present. There will be sculpture demonstrations downtown at Fresh Paint and the Arboretum, located in Legion Memorial Park at 145 Alverson Blvd, Everett. On Saturday, the Arboretum will close to the public at 5:00 p.m. for a private members-only event.

Two NWSSA and Arboretum member soapstone carving workshops will also be offered on Saturday, August 20.. Pre-registration is required (each class is limited to 15, so book early) and there’s a $30 materials fee (tools are safe and all supplies are included). Workshop #1 is from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and workshop #2 is scheduled from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Both workshops will be held outdoors in the upper parking lot of Evergreen Arboretum Classroom 105. Children ages 8 and up will learn to carve animal shapes in soapstone. Participants will learn how to file stone and create a unique sculpture. Adults accompanied by children under 12 are encouraged to stay with them during the workshop, which is held in the upper parking lot of the Arboretum. Wear clothes that can get dirty and a mask. The 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 many sculptors who will be exhibiting. Nelson says, “I have a deep emotional urge to learn and create. I strive to appeal to positive emotions, be engaging and nurture relationships. I use all the skills, accomplishments and wisdom I possess to leave myself and the world a better place and part of a larger purpose and meaning.

“I enjoy creating art that depicts the warmth and goodness of being with others. More recently, I have become concerned with making art that raises 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 much a community provides for the welfare of its members.

Eileen Simmons, President of Evergreen Arboretum and Gardens, said, “We are thrilled to be able to offer this event in an expanded two-day format. Enthusiasm for this event was very high last year, when more than 50 sculptures lined the walkways of the Arboretum. Offering the soapstone lessons is also part of our mission and should be a lot of fun. We appreciate our sponsors for their support of us and this event.

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

The mission of Evergreen Arboretum and Gardens is to create and maintain an inspiring arboretum and gardens accessible to all, internationally renowned and locally appreciated for their plant diversity, original art and educational opportunities.

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