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Arlington Arts Council auction will be held Oct. 21


October 11, 2017 | View PDF

In recognition of the partnership that Arlington Arts Council enjoys with the city of Arlington, the city’s Public Works Director Jim Kelly has been named Art Advocate of 2017.

The Sarah M. Arney Art Advocate of the Year award was established nine years ago to acknowledge the contributions of community members toward AAC’s efforts to bring art to Arlington.

Over the last few years, Kelly responded positively to AAC’s request for help on several art projects. He offered his crew to help prepare walls for two murals: the Reclaiming Futures mural, “Working through History,” painted by youth and adult mentors on an old public works building near Haller Park, and the pillar under Haller Bridge for the “Going to Ride” mural designed by Janet Myers and painted by AAC members last year.

In this past year, Kelly and his staff selected two works of art from several submissions by AAC members to adorn the walls of the new Stillaguamish Conference Room at the Public Works office. Vicki Johnson’s Stillaguamish River and Christina Harvey’s set of five mountain paintings now make the meeting room much more hospitable.

“It is an honor to be selected for this award,” Kelly said when he was notified.

The award will be presented to Kelly at the 15th annual Fall into Art Auction on Oct. 21.

The evening includes a buffet dinner, two silent auctions and a live auction with fine art, artistic experiences and other services. Auctioneer Kelly Lee is assisted by Julie Morse, a member of the board of directors of the Arlington-Smokey Point Chamber of Commerce.

Auction items will be displayed at

This year’s projects

The annual art auction is AAC’s only major fundraiser to raise funds for public art installations in Arlington and to provide other art opportunities for kids and adults through the year.

Thanks to proceeds from past auctions, AAC has helped acquire around 40 pieces of public art for display on Arlington's Art Walk on the Centennial Trail through downtown Arlington, and at other locations around town.

Using funds from past auctions, this year, AAC commissioned George Pratt of British Columbia to create a beautiful carved granite frog for Haller Park in recognition of the ongoing improvements to the park near the river.

Also this year, AAC had a haiku poem by AAC Treasurer Jean Olson engraved in stone to place along a path in Terrace Park, where AAC member Erika Bruss and Kristina Yantis painted owls and other birds on park buildings. Bruss and friends from Arlington High School’s Honor Society installed a owl mural in a fence near the Visitor Information Center.

AAC members refurbished the Terrace Park stage mural and the arts council contributed matching funds for a grant from Snohomish County Historical Commission for Centennial Trail mosaic mile markers that portray a train. The mosaics were created by Reneé O’Connor, who also did the bird mosaics in the retaining wall along 67th Avenue.

AAC members also helped paint quilt blocks on a downtown building to help launch a quilt block barn tour in the valley in a project coordinated with help by Lopez.

How to go

The Fall into Art Auction begins at 5:30 p.m., Oct. 21, at Gleneagle Country Club, 7619 E Country Club Drive.

Tickets, $40 per person, can be purchased at Flowers by George, 335 N Olympic Ave., or call Jean Olson at 360-435-5866. Deadline to order tickets is Saturday, Oct. 14.

Those who arrive before 6 p.m. will receive a free glass of bubbly, courtesy Arlington Pharmacy, and a free ticket for the raffle of $150 for dinner at Bistro San Martin.


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