Raffle of Gerber sculpture to benefit Saratoga Woods

"An aerial view of the Saratoga Woods property the Whidbey Camano Land Trust is attempting to purchase as a public preserve. The lines indicate the boundaries of the property, which is located on Saratoga Road north of Langley.Phil Pearl photoA bronze sculpture of a deer much like those that range throughout the forests of Whidbey Island will help benefit the purchase of the land preserve, Saratoga Woods. The sculpture was created by Georgia Gerber, who is noted for her realistic and charming, sometimes larger than life animal creations. The Whidbey Island sculptor is donating her original bronze sculpture, named Dance of the Deer, for a raffle drawing to help raise funds for the purchase of Saratoga Woods. The sculpture will be on display at Gaskill/Olson Gallery in Langley until the drawing on Nov. 10. The winner need not be present to win. Raffle tickets cost $3 each or two for $5 at a number of retail locations, including Gaskill/Olson Gallery, Bayview Gallery, Langley, Island Athletic Club in Freeland, Island Framery and the Whidbey CyberCafe in Clinton.We are very appreciative of Georgia's wonderful donation to the cause, said Cynthia Tilkin, the event chairman. We need to raise about $200,000 to finalize the purchase of Saratoga Woods.The Saratoga Woods property is comprised of 118 acres, including waterfront, a wetland and one of the largest second growth fir, cedar and hemlock stands on Whidbey Island. It includes an active American bald eagle nest and direct trail linkage to the 100-acre Metcalf Trust land plus 600 acres of adjacent Department of Natural Resources land. The Whidbey Camano Land Trust, a nonprofit group, is raising funds to preserve the area as a public park.Gerber creates bronze sculptures of animals and people for private collections as well as public commissions.As with most of her sculptures, animals and humans alike, facial expressions are genuine and often reflect joy or humor. Dance of the Deer is a resting deer with its legs tucked beneath him and his head uplifted in joy. It is an original limited edition piece created in 1993, and is number 12 out of a series of 15. Dance of the Deer measures 15 inches high, 13 inches long and seven inches wide and has a rich bronze patina.Gerber's public art is displayed as far away as Alaska, Pennsylvania and Kansas.Locally some of her most well-known creations include Rachel the Pig at the Pike Place Market, the Boy and Dog overlooking Saratoga Passage in Langley, the rabbit in front of Freeland Library, a mother and two baby gorillas at the Woodland Park Zoo, a seal family at the Edmonds ferry dock, a and 25 life size animals in Portland's Pioneer Square, to name just a few. Gerber grew up in Chester County, Penn., studied sculpture and bronze casting at Bucknell University and attained a Masters Degree in Fine Arts from the University of Washington. She lives on Whidbey Island with her husband and daughter. "

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