We Will Celebrate the Life of Richard Beyer

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                Contact:  Barb or David Koenig
May 22, 2012                                                             ((509) 682-9262
We will Celebrate the Life of Richard Beyer
Renowned Sculptor and Friend who passed away April 9
In addition, Artist in Action
Artist and Sculptor Cameron Elder, working during the evening in collage
Friday, June 1, 5-8 pm

Chelan, Washington – Main Street Gallery is pleased to spotlight the work of Sculptor, Richard Beyer and Chelan/Everett Sculptor and Collage Artist, Cameron Elder. Please join us for a celebration of the life of Richard and meet Cam as she works in collage from 5-8 pm as part of the First Friday evening in downtown Chelan. Main St. Gallery, located at 208 East Woodin, is on the second block of downtown Chelan.
Join friends of Rich and share some memories, stories and a few light bites.  He is best known for the large, multiple-figure sculpture, “Waiting for the Interurban”, which is a Seattle landmark (located in Fremont). In the words of his daughter, Liz Miller, “We celebrate the influence he had on us, from coyotes and tall tales to questioning authority and to art for the public”. 
In the Chelan Valley, we like to think of him as our own favorite local legend and enjoy having two of his pieces in downtown Chelan. The “Chelan Bear,” a permanent part of Chelan’s Outdoor Gallery, carries a lantern, “looking for an honest bear”.   The second is “Jackalope,” part of an arts on loan program that was purchased by the City of Chelan, featuring the fabled jack rabbit with antelope horns. In Richard’s words, “Call Community art, ‘Art of the Heart’”.  We had the opportunity to get to know him when he had his foundry in Pateros.
Friends of Richard from the area are bringing pieces or photos from their private collections, including Ron McGaughey’s “Buddhist Monkey”.  Main Street Gallery has many of Rich’s original drawings which can be browsed through as well as two smaller sculptures, “Poisoning the Apple Bug” and the “Pateros Grocery Store Fire.”  As part of First Friday, June 1, please join us at Main Street Gallery.
Cameron Elder belongs to art organizations from Everett to Hood River to the Methow Valley and is our biggest cheerleader for the Lake Chelan Arts Council where she is on the board.  Small bronzes, collages, photography and water-media of all kinds find their way through her various works.  In her words, “You just never know what you will find!  Art is a way of life.”  She has written monthly articles and illustrated covers for a Regional Arabian Horse Magazine. 

Main Street Gallery has a wide variety of original watercolors, oils, sculpture, pottery, jewelry and glass from talented Northwest artists.  We also offer an affordable array of distinctive clothing and accessories, from elegant to casual. A “Little Arty”, a “Little  Funky” and definitely…“Fun”! We are open Monday – Saturday from 10-5:30 p.m. and Sundays from 11-3 p.m. We look forward to seeing you.



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