A public ceremony to dedicate two original art sculptures donated by the Spokane Valley Arts Council for placement at Spokane Valley's new City Hall, 10210 E. Sprague Ave., is scheduled for 2 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 25.
A sculpture by Colville artist Jerry McKellar, titled "Coup Ponies," stands in front of the main entrance on the east side of the building. The figure depicts three rampant horses with a fourth mounted by a warrior, raising his staff to the heavens in thanks for a successful capture of his enemy's horses.
The sculpture adjacent to the western entrance to the new City Hall also references the importance of the horse to the local indigenous people. A figure of young Native American woman holds an image of a horse to the sky, honoring the "Great Spirit's Gift." The larger-than-life bronze is by the late Ace Powell of Montana.
A third sculpture, donated by SVAC in 2011, is located near the east entrance to City Hall. Titled "Harvest Time on the Big Missouri," it was originally located on Mirabeau Parkway near CenterPlace Regional Event Center. More popularly known as "The Berry Picker," the figure of a young woman with a satchel of berries at her feet was created by the late Nancy McLaughlin, also of Montana.
A nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the arts, SVAC also coordinates the artworks on revolving display in the foyer of CenterPlace Regional Event Center, 2426 N. Discovery Place, in Spokane Valley.
Everyone is welcome to attend the dedication ceremony and see the sculptures on display.
For more information, contact James Harken at 924-5009.