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2040 84th Ave SE
98040
Mercer Island, WA
Contact: Sarah Bluvas, Arts & Culture Coordinator
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City of Mercer Island / Parks & Recreation / Arts Council / Greta Hackett Outdoor Sculpture Gallery

Greta Hackett Outdoor Sculpture Gallery

Explore the Greta Hackett Outdoor Sculpture Gallery, located along the I-90 corridor on Sunset Highway between 77th and 80th Avenues SE. The space features both works from the City's public art collection and sculptures available for purchase. With this gallery, the Mercer Island Arts Council aims to:

  • Humanize and enhance the open space created by the I-90 corridor
  • Complement and celebrate this unique landscape opportunity
  • Provide positive public art experiences for broad audiences  
A first of its kind in Washington state, the gallery opened in October 1995; in 1997, the Arts Council received the Pacific Northwest Regional Arts and Humanities Award given by the National Recreation & Park Association in recognition of the gallery.  

About Greta Hackett

Greta Hackett, a longtime Mercer Island resident, volunteer, and activist, believed passionately in community. She was fiercely dedicated to forging positive connections across the Island and devoted herself to civic involvement. 

Greta Hackett

Greta loved the arts and the outdoors; she was an accomplished cellist and painter as well as a Master Gardener. Inspired by these passions and visits to similar galleries and sculpture parks abroad, Greta conceived the idea for an outdoor sculpture gallery on Mercer Island. She worked tirelessly to realize this vision, driven by the belief that the gallery would not only enhance the town center landscape and bring more art to the public but also enrich the Island's sense of community. Her efforts, along with those of a citizen Artway Task Force, culminated in the opening of the gallery in 1995. She went on to chair the Arts Council's Outdoor Gallery Committee for several years.

In addition to her service to the arts on the Island, Greta was involved throughout the community. She served as PTA president at all levels in Mercer Island schools and worked on several school levy campaigns. She also acted as the Mercer Island coordinator for Girl Scouts of Western Washington and was an active board member of the Mercer Island Community Fund. In 1996, Mercer Island Rotary Club awarded Greta the highest honor of the Paul Harris Fellow award. 


On March 6, 2017, at the request of the Arts Council, Mercer Island City Council approved the renaming of the I-90 Outdoor Sculpture Gallery to the Greta Hackett Outdoor Sculpture Gallery. This gallery was dedicated in Greta's honor on the twentieth anniversary of her passing and pays homage to a leader, neighbor, mother, and friend who believed that art, like a smile to a passerby, has the power to not only transform individuals but elevate a community. 


Exhibiting Artwork

In addition to creating a public space to engage with the arts, the gallery also provides a valuable economic opportunity for artists working in the region. The Arts Council commissions artists to display their work for at least a year and provides additional gallery benefits, including a small stipend for installation and insurance coverage and maintenance during display. To be considered for the outdoor gallery, please complete this application and return to Sarah Bluvas at sarah.bluvas@mercergov.org


Purchasing Artwork

A portion of proceeds from gallery sales benefits the City's public art program. To purchase a work of art, please contact Sarah Bluvas at sarah.bluvas@mercergov.org. 

The following sculptures are available for sale:

  • Asteroid Sling #3 by John Geise - $45,000
  • Scheherazade by Pasha Stinson - $12,000
  • Grace by Larry McLaughlin - $11,500
  • Oeil by Larry McLaughlin - $12,000
  • Ame Pourpre by Larry McLaughlin - $11,500
  • White Soul by Larry McLaughlin - $15,000
  • Counterpoint by Louise McDowell - $20,000
  • Rippling Water by Ingrid Lahti - $38,000


View the sculptures available for sale by clicking the images below. 



Asteroid Sling #3
Asteroid Sling #3 by John Geise - $45,000

Scheherazade
Scheherazade by Pasha Stinson - $12,000

Grace, Oeil, and Ame Pourpre
Grace, Oeil, and Ame Pourpre by Larry McLaughlin - Various prices

White Soul
White Soul by Larry McLaughlin - $15,000

Counterpoint
Counterpoint by Louise McDowell - $20,000

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Rippling Water by Ingrid Lahti - $38,000

 

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