April 9, 2014 | Vol.54 N.15

Lake Stevens Arts Commission brings beauty to the community

Yes, Lake Stevens has become known for their many roundabouts but ask anyone which roundabout is the most memorable and they will most likely tell you that it is the western roundabout on Lundeen Parkway.

Courtesy Photo
To honor our longtime eagle residents the city commissioned an artist in 2010 to create an art piece to be displayed in the newest roundabout on Lundeen Parkway which is very close to their nest. George and Martha are now immortalized in a beautiful sculpture which was made of metal and stainless steel. The two eagles are soaring together over a mountain peak.

Why? Because of the beautiful eagle sculpture in the center of it.

That sculpture and the wooden salmon sculpture, which formerly occupied the middle of the eastern Lundeen Parkway roundabout, are two of the pieces that have been commissioned by the Lake Stevens Arts Commission. They are currently looking to commission a replacement piece for the eastern roundabout.

"Our totem fish have been removed and will need to be displayed in a protected environment," Arts Commission President Martin Reimers said.

The Arts Commission is also responsible for the highly anticipated Music on the Lake which is held each week in the summer at North Cove Park among other local events.

"We coordinate the Music on the Lake music series each summer, we are working with Bourne Orthodontics to bring another family Movie in the Park," Reimers said. "We put on Chalk It Up during Aquafest each year and we also coordinate Art in Public Places by coordinating artist work within the city hall, library and police department public areas." 

Currently the Arts Commission has four sitting members, however, they would like to fill all available seats on the commission which makes room for three more for a total of seven commissioners.

Reimers is hopeful that they will be able to fill those seats in the near future.

"The Commission is a city commission with members appointed by the Mayor," Reimers explained. "We are primarily responsible for advising the city council on any city art projects, including government funded art projects in the City such as the roundabouts on Lundeen Parkway where we coordinated the art and improvements."

They are also responsible for raising much of the money needed for their projects.

"Monies we raise benefit the Lake Stevens Arts and Parks Foundation through which we sponsor an annual scholarship for a graduating art student in Lake Stevens," Reimers said.

The rest of the money comes from the city council. 

"Specific money for city purchases of art come on project by project basis.  We are always in need of sponsorships for our events and money we raise will enable us to provide more art and/or events for the city," Reimers said.

The Mayor chooses members through an application process. If you are interested in finding out more about becoming a member of the Arts Commission please contact the city at 425-334-1012.

They hold meetings twice a month on the second and fourth Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. 

"We meet at the community center building at city hall.  The public is always welcome," Reimers said. "We could greatly use more members to spread out the work on our events and hopefully enable us to improve our events and fundraising opportunities."

Reader Comments

(0)