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Artists to show off newest public art

Arlington resident Harry Engstrom
Arlington resident Harry Engstrom's mural, as well as other public art, will be on display Aug. 27.
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ARLINGTON — Some of the city's newest public art — including a mural that takes inspiration from the Stillaguamish River — will soon be highlighted.

The Arlington Arts Council will be holding its annual artist reception on Aug. 27 at Legion Park.

The council, a group of artists that primarily help the city of Arlington acquire public art, will be showcasing three of the city's most recent pieces, including "Stream Life on the Stillaguamish River," by Arlington resident and longtime mural artist Harry Engstrom.

"I've done around 50 murals and started doing them in high school," Engstrom said. "I just absolutely love it."

Engstrom completed the mural in June.

Other large pieces on display Thursday will include Lance Carleton's bicycle-like sculpture entitled "Flat Tire," and "The Labyrinth," a series of stones designed by Sarah Hegge, Arlington Recreation Manager and arts council member.

The Labryninth was completed in 2008 but not dedicated because of landscaping issues surrounding the stones, Hegge said.

The council relies on fundraising to finance the public art, said council member Kent Baker.

Carleton's piece, which cost the nonprofit council nearly $12,000, was installed in June.

"It was quite an expensive piece," Baker said. "It was not a minor acquisition. It weights like 800 pounds."

Officials from Cascade Valley Hospital are also scheduled to unveil a number of newly purchased art, Baker said.

"This exhibit will be like a little preview," he said.

The reception will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the park's gazebo. Arlington Mayor Margaret Larson, as well as Engstrom and Carleton, are scheduled to speak.

The public is then encouraged to view and discuss the public art, Baker said.

Legion Park is located at 114 North Olympic Ave.

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