Stories and happenings at The Cloudstone Foundation.
Cloudstone Foundation and Island Bohemians invite artists to visit Cloudstone Sculpture Park throughout the coming year and participate in
Art in Place, a project focused on capturing the unique area in a wide variety of art mediums.
Love At First Sight returns to Cloudstone
by Burt Beusch
Returning ‘Love At First Sight’ to Cloudstone has been no small task.
Many thanks to Moe, Mark and Stephan for making the drizzly trip to the Everett Arboretum back on June 11. We worked with the awesome City of Everett guys – and their incredible mini backhoe - to load it into Hank’s GMC and bring it home.
Stephan decided to place LAFS on a new mound he created near the picnic table and across the lane from Passages. Single handedly – with the use of the machines and straps – he put it in place. A few days later I went to help him replace the pin and we discovered the base was placed backwards so he rigged up some straps, lifted LAFS and the base simultaneously then I spun it 180 degrees for its final placement. As we chatted afterwards, we started to admire the holly tree sitting next to the sculpture and realized it was engulfed with blackberry vines that extended 25’ up into the holly and the tree next to it.
After two tugs of blackberries were pulled away we still filled the front bucket of the backhoe with four loads of debris before we finished. The end result is a beautiful holly and some amazing new sight lines all around Love At First Sight.
Check out the attached photos to see our final work. Notice how the holly is opened up and the base has been cleared away. Make sure you check it out the next time you’re at Cloudstone.
I want to thank Cindy for her mad pruning skills and enthusiasm for projects like this. She just dives into any task at hand and has fun in the process. As always, it was a pleasure to work with Stephan to watch him masterfully operate the equipment and solve problems as they come up. Lots of work and plenty of flesh wounds but a very rewarding task…and a very important ‘new’ piece for Cloudstone Sculpture.
Donate to Cloudstone Foundation.
Are you trying to figure out how you can support the three-dimensional art and the Cloudstone Sculpture Park? The answer is a donation to or a membership in the Cloudstone Foundation.
Since our founding in August of 2018, Cloudstone Foundation has been a Washington State Nonprofit Corporation. We have just received a tax exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit with the IRS. Now, all donations to Cloudstone Foundation are tax deductible.
This status will allow us to raise funds for needs, such as-
• Scholarships to help defray expenses for workshops, conferences, and internships.
• Facility Improvements such as formal parking places, gravel walking paths throughout the park, lighting, and signage.
• Provide stipends to instructors and artists in residence to teach, lecture, and work on original pieces.
• Update Equipment such as grounds keeping equipment, stone carving tools, welders and working apparatus.
• Improve Landscaping to provide more interest for park visitors.
• Build a Visitor Center with park reception, meeting space, gallery, gift shop, restrooms, and kitchen.
To donate any amount, click Donate & Join to access the membership page and select Park Donation.