Demo Day at the Sculpture Park

Submitted by the San Juan Island Sculpture Park

Plan to wrap up your Fourth of July weekend watching local artists ply their craft at the San Juan Island Sculpture Park from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, July 7. Have you seen the sheep at the Sculpture Park and wondered how they are made? Artist David Halpern will make one out of wood, copper, and of course a pile of fish nets. You’ve probably seen master carver Terry Ogle’s glorious whale tails when strolling on First Street. Watch him carve a raw piece of wood into a breathtaking marine relief. Joining the fun will be Jim Burgess, an arborist with an eye for dramatic wood sculptures. His life-sized whale fins near the Sculpture Park pond, each carved from a single piece of wood, make you feel like you are swimming with the orca. Maria Michaelson of Alchemy Arts will round out the group, demonstrating the sculptural range and flexibility of clay.

Watch these great artists at work. Ask them questions. Let their inspiration inspire you to create some art of your own.

This DEMO Day is part of the Summer Sunday Series put on by the park. In all other Sunday events in summer, you are the artist! For more information on this exciting series, please go to