Woodinville Garden Club to donate sculpture to city’s art collection

  • Written by Ann Parrish, Woodinville Garden Club member

WGC reserve committee members preview art donation with artist Georgia Gerber. (L-R:) Dawn Rubstello, Virginia Caunt, Chris Bigham, Ann Neel, artist Georgia Gerber. Courtesy photo.
Woodinville Garden Club contributes the proceeds of its fundraisers to the Woodinville community in a number of ways.

Their current focus is on the commission of a Georgia Gerber sculpture to be placed near the sports fields in downtown Woodinville.

Accomplishing the mission of civic beautification, the sculpture will be the second sculpture donated to the city.

"The Gardener," a Gerber sculpture of a gardener and her basset hound, is located in DeYoung Park across from Molbak’s.

The new sculpture will be interactive and has a sports theme.

Expected completion date is fall 2011.

Members of the club were invited to Georgia Gerber’s studio and foundry on Whidbey Island for a tour and view of the sculpture in process.

Gerber and her husband explained the entire process, from initial clay model, through the many steps of creating forms, the pouring of the molten bronze, and the subsequent welding, tooling and finishing to create the glowing final product.

The sculptress has been creating bronze artwork since 1983, as a graduate of Bucknell University and the University of Washington MFA program.

Her work is on display throughout Washington, Oregon, the Midwest and East Coast.

One of her earliest and most well-known public pieces is Rachel, the resident pig at Pike Place Market. More recently, she created the black bear mother and cubs in Redmond Town Center.

Additional information about the innovative casting process and her complete works is available at

The Woodinville Garden Club’s Annual Tour of Gardens is on Saturday, July 16, beginning at 10 a.m. This self-guided tour of six private gardens offers viewers serenity to grandeur and everything in between. You’ll find meandering paths and streams, secret gardens and tranquil ponds with koi. Lush ornamentals, robust veggies and stunning specimen trees showcase our region’s diverse planting palette. Come get inspired by entertainment spaces that make the most of outdoor living. Tickets are $20, available at Molbak’s in Woodinville, Ravenna Gardens in Kirkland and University Village and Classic Nursery in Redmond, including the day of the tour. Proceeds from the tour benefit civic beautification, scholarships, garden therapy and youth education.

Join us for a reception after the tour from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at Molbak’s, our tour sponsor for the last 12 years. Your ticket brochure will gain you entry to the event’s area where Woodinville’s Columbia Winery will host a wine tasting. At 4:30 p.m., we will draw the winning names for these five great raffle prizes:

• Original signed artwork by Susan Summit Cyr used for our tour poster

• Four yards of mulch (your choice of variety) from deJong Sawdust and Shavings

• One hour landscape consultation from Lorrie Cain Landscape Design

• $100 Molbak’s gift card

• One night accommodation for two at the acclaimed Willows Lodge in Woodinville

Raffle tickets will be sold in all the gardens and at the reception. Winners need not be present.

Please join us this Saturday for a spectacular day of garden visits and wine tasting. Knowing that your contribution will benefit the Woodinville community. You will go away with ideas and inspiration for your gardens from serenity to grandeur. Information about the tour, the club and membership, is available at

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