The Port of Camas-Washougal is extending an invitation to the public unveiling of a metal sculpture exhibit by Women Who Weld, on June 19, 2012 as part of the port's rotating art display program in the lobby of the port office at 24 South "A" Street in Washougal.
The unveiling will take place following the regularly scheduled port commission meeting on Tuesday evening, June 19. The port commission meeting begins at 5 p.m. and is anticipated to finish between 6 and 6:30 p.m. Immediately following the adjournment of the commission meeting, the public is invited to join port staff, commissioners and special guests to attend a short presentation on behalf of Women Who Weld, a group of women who originally met through the Welded Sculpture program at Clark College. The culmination of the event will be the unveiling of the custom-welded artwork. Light refreshments will be served.
The art to be unveiled is an original welded sculpture created by local artist Sharon Agnor of Vancouver. It is themed "Earth" and is the first of four sculptures celebrating the elements earth, wind, water, and fire. Created from steel sheets bonded together through oxy/acetylene torches, the sculpture is approximately 8 feet 4-inches tall and 32-inches wide.
The artwork was commissioned by the City of Washougal for an art display that will ultimately be installed at Steamboat Landing, a public park along the Columbia River in Washougal. Each element is funded by private donations. Local resident, Shirley Scott, sponsored the "Earth."
"When Suzanne Grover, the parks, cemetery and facilities manager from the City of Washougal approached Women Who Weld to create a work of art for Steamboat Landing, we saw lots of opportunity for artistic expression that could beckon Washougal's heritage and resonate with its people," said Jennifer Corio of Cobalt Designworks and member of Women Who Weld.
Corio explained that other sculptures created by the group include a metal quilt symbolic of the women welders, a memorial sculpture for a Washington State University professor and a piece for the City of Vancouver commemorating women who worked at the Kaiser Shipyards during World War II. "We participated in several other shows during our first years together. Now, members individually pursue their own projects, but we always welcome the opportunity to collaborate," she added.
About the Port of Camas-Washougal
The port brings jobs and recreational opportunities through a 400-acre industrial park, a 79-hangar general aviation airport and 350-slip pleasure marina. Grove Field is a small, general aviation airport with a state-of-the-art fueling station and 14 tie-downs in addition to the 79 hangars. The marina is the largest publicly owned marina on the Washington side of the Columbia River and has a floating restaurant, launch ramp, hotel, fueling station, guest docks and is homeport to the Dolphin Yacht Club. The industrial park is home to more than 40 businesses and is adjacent to Steigerwald Commerce Center, 120+ acres of property undergoing master planning. The port manages Captain William Clark Park at Cottonwood Beach, the adjacent protective levee and Parkersville National Historic site. More information is found at www.portcw.com