Greta Hackett Outdoor Sculpture Gallery, Artwork for Sale!
The Mercer Island Arts Council presents this Gallery with the vision to humanize and enhance the open space created by the I-90 corridor, to complement and celebrate this unique landscape opportunity; and to provide positive public art experiences for the broadest possible audience. The Arts Council has received the Pacific Northwest Regional Arts and Humanities Award, given to the National Recreation & Park Association in recognition of the Gallery. The inaugural exhibit of eight sculptures occurred in October 1995. Sculptures are commissioned for one year or longer.
The Greta Hackett Outdoor Sculpture Gallery is located along the I-90 Corridor on Sunset Highway between 77th Ave SE and 80th Ave SE. The sculptures are displayed for at least one year. The exhibit will continue a rotation of new pieces. New Pieces are always needed, to apply please complete the gallery application. The commissions on the sale of works benefit the Mercer Island Arts Council's public art program.
Are you an artist interested in displaying your work in our gallery? Or are you interested in purchasing one of these sculptures? If so, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
Sculptures are for Sale!
- Gunnar Anderson "Thanks" and "Extraordinary Journey" (both sold).
- John Hoge "Bench" and "Chaise Lounge" (Part of the City of Mercer Island's permanent art collection)
- Pasha Stinson "Scheherazade" $12,000.
- Louise McDowell "Counterpoint", $20,000
- John Geise "Gnomon Group Three", (Sold) & "Astroid Sling", $15,000.
- Steven Jensen "Island Poles" (Part of the City of Mercer Island's permanent art collection).
- Larry McLaughlin "White Soul" $15,000, "Grace" $11,500,
"Oeil" $12,000 & "Ame Poupre" $11,500
- Ingrid Lahti "Rippling Water" $38,000
Twenty-three year Mercer Island resident, volunteer, and activist, Greta Hackett, believed passionately in community. She was fiercely dedicated to forging positive connections throughout the Island and devoted herself to civic involvement. She was a lover of the Arts and believed they not only enhance individuals but also deepen community bonds. She herself was an accomplished cellist and painter, a lover of the outdoors, and was a Master Gardener. Inspired by her love of art and nature, and visits to sculpture gardens abroad, Greta conceived the idea for an outdoor sculpture park on Mercer Island. Greta worked tirelessly to realize this vision, driven by the belief that it would not only enhance the esthetic of the Town Center and bring more art to the public, but would also enrich the Island’s sense of community. Her efforts resulted in the opening of the Gallery in 1995 – a first of its kind in Washington State.
Greta loved Mercer Island and was involved in a diverse array of community efforts. Naturally, she served on the Mercer Island Arts Council. She also served as PTA president at all levels in the Mercer Island schools and was the Mercer Island coordinator for the Girl Scouts. She worked on several school levy campaigns and was an active member of the Mercer Island Community Fund. In 1996, the Mercer Island Rotary Club awarded her the highest honor of the Paul Harris Award.
This Gallery is dedicated in Greta’s honor in 2017, on the twentieth anniversary of her passing. The Gallery pays homage to a leader, neighbor, mother, and friend who believed that art, like a smile to a passerby, has the power to elevate a community.
At the request of the Mercer Island Arts Council, Mercer Island City Council approved that the I-90 Outdoor Sculpture Gallery would become the Greta Hackett Outdoor Sculpture Gallery. This approval took place at the March 6, 2017 City Council meeting.
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