2014 Angel of the Arts Marcia Perlstein
and Patron of the Arts Anna Quinn
receive their honors at a public celebration, Jan.30, 2015.
Other 2014 exemplary friends of the arts: Germaine Arthur, Marc Cole, Cynthia McBride, Marc Perrett, Carrie Rice, and Rex Rice
NEW PUBLIC ART
“Courting Pigeon Guillemots,” a bronze sculpture commissioned to honor Eleanor Stopps’ tireless work to save Protection Island for nesting seabirds, was be dedicated in front of the Northwest Maritime Center, on Thursday, August 14, 2 pm.
Two Port Townsend women spent over two years raising money to commission and purchase the sculpture of Eleanor’s favorite seabirds, then gave the sculpture to the City of Port Townsend.
Robin Ornelas had interviewed Eleanor for the Jefferson County Historical Society and is a member of the annual Eleanor Stopps Environmental Leadership Award Committee. Jan Halliday first met and interviewed Eleanor for a series of newspaper articles in the late 1970s when Protection Island nesting sites were being crushed under developers’ bulldozers.
Eleanor died in April, 2012, her favorite time of year, when 17,000 pairs of rhinocerous aucklets were burrowing into the sandy ground and cliff sides to lay their eggs, and seabirds, such as guillemots, cormorants, puffins, oystercatchers and gulls, were gathering sea grasses and sticks for their nests.
“Courting Pigeon Guillemots” was installed on city property mid-June, in front of the Maritime Center on a plinth of columnar basalt, quarried from the Columbia River. After a significant donation from Friends of the Arts, installation was paid for with funds from the Port Townsend Arts Commission’s Fund for Public Art. The plaque, affixed to the stone, was poured by the Port Townsend Foundry.