Guided tour set Saturday for Arlington’s public art collection

ARLINGTON — For the first time, the Arlington Arts Council is offering a guided tour of public art in the city.

During the past 10 years, the arts council has helped the city acquire more than 30 pieces of art. About two-thirds of those will be on the free tour, which is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday beginning at the Petite Sweet Bakery, 334 N. Olympic Ave.

On the tour, arts council president Sarah Arney plans to talk about each mural, sculpture and painting, as well as about the artists who created the pieces.

“The tour will be a good chance to get out for a walk around downtown and find out about the public art collection and how it has improved the quality of life in Arlington,” Arney said.

Included on the tour are murals by Harry Engstrom and sculptures by Marguerite Goff, Verena Schwippert, Lance Carleton, Steve Jensen and Bill Matheson.

The tour also is to include a walk north on the Centennial Trail across the Stillaguamish River to see the arched sculpture “Resilience” by Machias metal artist Joe Powers. The work by Powers was commissioned by the Snohomish County Arts Commission.

The Arlington public art walking tour should take about an hour, Arney said. All ages are welcome, but children need to be accompanied by adults. For those who can’t make the tour on Saturday, maps for a self-guided tour are available at City Hall and online at www.arlingtonwa.gov. More information is available by calling the city recreation office at 360-403-3448.

The Arlington Arts Council meets at 5:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at Hadley Hall, 18513 59th Ave. NE.

Gale Fiege: 425-339-3427; gfiege@heraldnet.com.

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