Inspired by the ongoing survival of resident Salish Sea orcas, the Richmond Beach Community Association (RBCA) has commissioned 22 artists from around the region to modify a series of orca whale sculpture blanks for outdoor display. Each fiberglass blank measures 43 inches wide x 20 inches tall, and after completion will be mounted on 8 ft. stands in a series of pods around the community of Richmond Beach. Display will occur for about six months annually, from May through October. They will then head indoors for a well-deserved rest until next spring’s coming out party. The artwork features a wide variety of styles, from collage to sculptural embellishment; from paint to mosaic and enamel.
With artists nearing completion, the RBCA and the City of Shoreline invite the public to attend an opening reception of the finished orca artwork on Thursday, April 27, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm, in the lobby of City Hall at 17500 Midvale Avenue North in Shoreline. Artists will be in attendance along with all 22 orcas arranged so you can view them up close. Refreshments and musical accompaniment provided; welcoming remarks about 6 pm by city officials.
Orca artists: Karien Balluff, David Bloomfield, Melissa Cole, Amanda de Silver, Emily Eng, Amy Ferron, Barry Johnson, Melissa Koch, Susan Lally-Chi, Ted Larson, Fred Lisaius, Jane Mayer, Kim McCarthy, Greta Musland, Heather Peteroy, Eric Robertson, Harro Scharbau, Geoff Sherwood, Kristie Smith, Z.Z. Wei, Leah Welch, Susan Will / Alex Danford-Rincon.