Former Everett Community College art instructor Russell Day (center) talks with glass sculptor Dale Chihuly (right) and retired art instructor Lowell Hanson (left), on Friday about his untitled 238-pound Blenko glass and concrete sculpture permanently installed in EvCC’s Whitehorse Hall.

Former Everett Community College art instructor Russell Day (center) talks with glass sculptor Dale Chihuly (right) and retired art instructor Lowell Hanson (left), on Friday about his untitled 238-pound Blenko glass and concrete sculpture permanently installed in EvCC’s Whitehorse Hall.

Rightful place for prized piece

EVERETT — Russell Day used to keep the sculpture on his deck. Now it has a place in Everett Community College’s Whitehorse Hall.

Day, a 103-year-old former Everett Community College art instructor, joined more than 75 people May 27 in Whitehorse Hall to celebrate the installation of his untitled 238-pound Blenko glass and concrete sculpture.

The sculpture, created by Day in 1955 and donated to the college in 2015, was painstakingly restored by Lowell Hanson and installed with the assistance of retired photography instructor Lloyd Weller, design instructor Julie Berger and studio arts technician Miles Labitzke.

Day said he was inspired to create the piece after seeing thick, heavy glass used in Europe in 1954. He bought some of the glass after returning to the United States.

“I couldn’t do anything with it,” Day said. “I couldn’t cut it. I had to take the broken pieces and put them together, and this was the result.”

Day founded the arts program at Everett Junior College. He worked at the college from 1947 to 1976, and is perhaps best known for his pioneering work with silver and glass.

“When I was a student and I was working with glass, there wasn’t anyone else who knew anything about glass other than Russell,” said internationally known glass artist Dale Chihuly, who attended Friday’s dedication.

Chihuly said Day was a mentor to him in his early days as an artist.

“It’s great to see him at 103,” said Chihuly, who joined Day and noted photorealist painter Chuck Close, another of Day’s students, at a lunch after the installation.

In 2008, EvCC renamed its art gallery in honor of Day. He and his late wife Marjorie, who taught English at EvCC, created an annual scholarship for a student pursuing an associate of fine arts degree.

— By Katherine Schiffner, public relations director, Everett Community College

Talk to us

More in Life

This image provided by Higgins Design Studio shows an open Murphy bed. (Mentis Photography/Higgins Design Studio via AP)
Pandemic-era design solution from the past: the Murphy bed

The beds that emerge from a wall to instantly transform a living room into a bedroom date from more than a century ago.

R.J. Whitlow, co-owner of 5 Rights Brewery, has recently expanded to the neighboring shop, formerly Carr's Hardware. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
County craft breweries’ past lives: hardware store, jail

Most breweries in Snohomish County operate in spaces that formerly housed something far different — from boat builders to banks.

Red apples with leaves isolated over white background. Gala apple. Top view
Everything you never wanted to know about fruit tree pollination

If your trees are blooming and not setting fruit, the most likely culprit is poor pollination.

Cryptomeria japonica “Sekkan-sugi”
Great Plant Pick: Cryptomeria japonica “Sekkan-sugi”

If you love golden foliage, the golden Japanese cedar is for you. When planted against a dark green backdrop, it shines like a beacon.

Moving eyes add interest to an antique clock. This blinking-owl clock sold for $1,900 at a Morford's auction in 2021.
These antique clocks have shifty eyes that move with time

More modern moving-eye clocks include the Kit-Cat clock, a fixture in nurseries since 1932.

Heroes.jpg: Characters in the fantasy world in “She Kills Monsters” at Red Curtain Arts Center, running Jan. 28-Feb. 13, include (front row) Erin Smith as Lilith, Katelynn Carlson as Kaliope; (middle row) Marina Pierce as Tillius, Lucy Johnson as Agnes; (back row) Daniel Hanlon as Orcus.
Music, theater and more: What’s happening in Snohomish County

Dungeons & Dragons collides with reality in “She Kills Monsters” at Red Curtain Arts Center in Marysville.

Caption: Stay-at-home parents work up to 126 hours a week. Their labor is valuable even without a paycheck.
A mother’s time is not ‘free’ — and they put in 126-hour workweeks

If you were to pay a stay-at-home mom or dad for their time, it would cost nearly $200,000 a year.

Linda Miller Nicholson from Fall City, Washington, holds up rainbow pasta she just made in the commercial kitchen at her Fall City home, Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2021.  The rainbow wall behind her is in her backyard. (Ellen M. Banner/The Seattle TImes/TNS)
This King County woman’s rainbow pasta signals her values

Linda Miller Nicholson sculpts colorful noodles that reflect her personality and pro-LGBTQ+ pride.

CloZee performs during the second day of Summer Meltdown on Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019 in Darrington, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
The psychedelic fest Summer Meltdown is back — and in Monroe

The music and camping event is on for July 28-31, with a new venue along the Skykomish River.

Most Read