New sculptures on display at Big Rock Garden Park for Mother's Day


BELLINGHAM - A new sculpture exhibit will open at Big Rock Garden Park just in time for Mother's Day, Sunday, May 12.

People can check out the new sculptures at a free Mother's Day event from 1 to 4 p.m., as part of the park's 20th anniversary celebration.

Throughout the event, local artists will be painting around the grounds and refreshments will be available. From 1:20 to 3:40 p.m. poets from the Whatcom Poetry Series will provide live readings, and a Celtic harpist will play from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Because of limited parking, a free shuttle will be available to take people from Bloedel Donovan Park to Big Rock Garden Park, 2900 Sylvan St.

The park spans about 2 1/2 acres and includes a permanent collection of 36 outdoor sculptures. In addition to its permanent collection, the park will have an additional 35 sculptures for its latest exhibit, which opens May 9.

The exhibit, sponsored by Sculpture Northwest and the Sculptors' Society of British Columbia, is a tribute to David Marshall, a Canadian sculptor who died in 2006 and who was one of the founders of the sculpture exhibits at the park. It will include sculptures from at least 10 Canadian artists as well as two pieces from Mexican sculptor Sebastian.

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