Local sculptors and their champions will once again be celebrated this weekend as part of an annual global tribute to the artistry of stone.
Island County artists Lloyd Whannell, Lane Tompkins and Therese Kingsbury are slated to be recognized during a Saturday ceremony at Freeland Art Studios’ Sculpture Garden.
Hank Nelson’s Cloudstone Sculpture Park in Freeland, a wonderland of scale and imagination spread over 10 acres, opens its gates Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with guided walking tours.
George F. Drake, founder of Sculpture Northwest, will lead the awards ceremony at 1 p.m. Saturday, which is International Sculpture Day. Freeland Art Studios is a converted warehouse where Tompkins, Whannell and others hone their craft.
Tompkins and Whannell will be honored for their work in stone sculpture while Kingsbury will be recognized for her work promoting Whidbey Island sculpture shows.
The recognition is given annually by Sculpture Northwest, a leading proponent of outdoor sculpture in the four counties of Island, Skagit, Whatcom and San Juan.
The Freeland Art Studio artists showing their sculptures will be Lloyd Whannell, Lane Tompkins, Penelope Crittenden, Frank Rose, Woody Morris and Sue Taves.
Visiting artists are Richard Nash, Jeff Day, Pat McVay, Dexter Lewis and Dan Freeman, according to a press release.
Cloudstone Sculpture Park is routinely open for public viewing twice a year in April and late summer. Proprietor and artist Hank Nelson, just a smidgen over 80, has spent the past 25 years carving monolithic slabs of granite and “earth sculptures” which depict scenes of man’s historic assault on nature and his own soul and spirit.
“Earth sculpture is a domain where you might lose yourself, or find yourself step into ancient history and experience startling revelations about civilization,” Nelson warns in his Cloudstone artist statement. To read more about Nelson’s work, view this article written for last year’s International Sculpture Day.
• Freeland Art Studios, 1660 Roberta Avenue in Freeland (behind the WAIF Thrift Store) and is home to one dozen artists working in different mediums. Award ceremony is 1 p.m. Saturday, April 27. More information: www.FreelandArtStudios.com
• Cloudstone Sculpture Park and Gallery will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 27 and 28 at 5056 Cloudstone Lane, Freeland. Cost is $10 per person or $35 for a group of four.
Private tours are available by emailing email@example.com.
More info: www.cloudstonesculpture.com/