Famous Sculptor of Madrona’s Peaceable Kingdom Dies at 86

Madrona LibraryMost know the Seattle sculptor Richard Beyer for his public artwork: “Waiting for the Interurban.”  The Fremont sculpture features five adults, one with a baby in her arms, and a dog with the face of the Fremont civic leader who opposed the placement of the statute.  The sculpture has delighted Seattlelites on the corner of North 34th Street and Fremont Avenue North since 1979.

Many probably do not know of Beyer’s other work in Madrona near the other 34th – 34th Avenue.  The Peaceable Kingdom in front of the Madrona Library (on 33rd actually) was created by Beyer in 1984.  The aluminum sculpture was to show how our Madrona neighborhood could live together as one in some turbulent time in our history.  The theme is roughly based on biblical passage, Isaiah 11:6-9, with each animal representing a part of Madrona: the pig = the police, the panther = the Black Panthers, the wolf = the aggressive street youth, and the sheep = the neighborhood elderly.

Beyer shaped creative art that could be enjoyed by everyone, but with special meaning when you learned a little about its history.  Click the link to read more about Beyer’s life in the Seattle Times.

Saturday’s Happenings for Very Merry in Madrona

Madrona Brass Rings

Madrona Brass Ring

Tomorrow will be a fun-filled day in Madrona with the continuation of Very Merry in Madrona.   Events may have been added, but the last list of events I saw included all of these things for Saturday, December 3rd:

9 am – 1 pm: Book sale at Madrona Elementary School

10 am – 12 pm: Ornament making class at Arts Aloft

11 am: Celebration and tour of the sidewalk bronze rings project

12 pm: Ribbon cutting and kick-off of Very Merry in Madrona!

12-2 pm: Free wine tasting at Wilridge Winery

12-3 pm: CleanScapes booth – grab your paper and crayons to do rubbings of the rings, get your picture taken on their recycling truck, grab a giveaway!

1-3 pm: Madrona Holiday Home Tour featuring 14 Madrona homes-for-sale

2-4 pm: Free wine tasting at Madrona Wine Merchants

3-5 pm: Free wine tasting at Bottlehouse

8:45 pm: Candlelight walk to Christmas Ships at 9:25 pm

To help celebrate, Madrona businesses are offering specials throughout the day:

Live music and caroling

Guesthouse will have a one-day-only sale on holiday decor

Conrow Porcelain Studio will be showcasing local artists at their annual holiday show and sale

Glassybaby will be giving away a gourmet nut mix made by St. Cloud’s and will be offering free ribbon on their gift boxes

Hitchcock will be serving champagne

Cupcake Royale will have a special sidewalk sale and will have plenty of hot cider, cocoa and holiday babycakes!

Driftwood will have bubbly – sparkling water and sparkling wine

Cameos & Crowns will have giveaways and holiday treats

Also, check out the Madrona library’s special Madrona history display in honor of the event!

Madrona-Sally Goldmark Library Closed This Week

Madrona LibraryDue to budget cuts all Seattle Public Libraries including Madrona’s Sally Goldmark Library is closed until September 6th.  Even many parts of the Seattle Public Library Website is down for upgrades.  Per the Seattle Library Website:

The Seattle Public Library system is closed Aug. 29 through Sept. 5

All Library locations are closed Monday, Aug. 29 through Sunday, Sept. 4 due to citywide budget cuts.

Please note: Monday, Sept. 5 is the Labor Day holiday and all libraries are closed. Regular Library operations will resume Tuesday, Sept. 6.