The Southwest Seattle Historical Society is thrilled to announce that West Seattle Art Club has generously donated a sculptural art bench for permanent use on the grounds of the Log House Museum. The bench was unveiled in a dedication ceremony on Friday, August 27, which was attended by several members of the Art Club and their families.
Formed in 1910, the West Seattle Art Club, which has enjoyed a long history of support and involvement with the arts community, especially the Seattle Art Museum, will close its doors this year. The bench generously donated to the Historical Society will memorialize the Club and its vibrant history for generations to come inviting visitors to sit, relax, and enjoy the Log House Museum’s garden.
The memorial bench was created and installed by Kris Myrseth-Barrea. Kris designed and fabricated the bench to reflect his vision of the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest. Members of the West Seattle Art Club and their families were joined on-site at the Log House Museum by Historical Society staff and Trustees to dedicate the bench and celebrate its placement. During the unveiling ceremony Historical Society executive director Michael King remarked, “The Historical Society is incredibly grateful to the West Seattle Art Club for its donation of this beautiful bench, which will serve as a welcoming centerpiece to our native plant garden for generations to come. We are proud to be able to honor the memory of the West Seattle Art Club and deeply appreciative of the Club’s support of and commitment to the Historical Society and the community we call home.”
West Seattle Art Club president CR Hendrick stated, “While we are saddened to bring our long history to a close, we are delighted to place this wonderful creation at the Log House Museum. We so appreciate the generosity of providing our Club such a perfect site. We feel the Log House Museum perfectly matches our deep roots in the West Seattle community and the placement of the bench in the native plant garden is so lovely and so fitting as a memorial location.”
The Historical Society is grateful to the West Seattle Art Club and invites the community to sit, relax, and enjoy the bench and our native plant garden.
Pictured below are the bench and several members of the West Seattle Art Club at the unveiling ceremony: