Wednesday, March 12, 2014

City Council accepts Eleanor's Guillemots

Port Townsend City Council voted unanimously to accept the donation of Tony Angell's sculpture honoring Eleanor Stopps and the Protection Island Story. Look for more information about installation at the Northwest Maritime Center later this spring.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

good news on all fronts

On the Port Townsend Arts Commission website, you'll note that the top story is about the Tony Angell sculpture to honor Eleanor Stopps. Eleanor's friends have been working hard to bring this story to a wonderful conclusion.

On Monday, March 3, 2014, the Port Townsend City Council will consider acceptance of the sculpture as a donation of public art to be placed at the Northwest Maritime Center. To read the documents prepared for Council to consider, just scroll down to 'VIII. New Business'.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Eleanor's Guillemots

This bronze courting pair of Pigeon Guillemots perched on the lap of renowned wildlife sculptor Tony Angell will have a permanent home at the Northwest Maritime Center. It is anticipated that the installation and dedication will occur when the weather is a little warmer, say spring or early summer of 2014. More information about that will come later on.

Between now and then, Eleanor's friends are still working hard to complete the fundraising effort. Thanks to everyone who has donated thus far, and to those who might consider stepping up to add a contribution to the cause. Donations of any amount are welcome.

The sculpture's visibility at the Northwest Maritime Center will provide a striking presence to inform visitors and remind locals of the story of Protection Island and Eleanor's role in the creation of a National Wildlife Refuge off our coast.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Environmental Leadership Award

Protection Island in the fog. Photo courtesy Julie Jaman
Eleanor Stopps founded our local Admiralty Audubon chapter in the late 1970s as a part of her effort to save Protection Island from development. You can learn more about that important effort on the Port Townsend Marine Science center website. Wildlife cruises to Protection Island are conducted by the PTMSC.

Nominations closed at the end of August, and the 9th annual Eleanor Stopps Environmental Leadership Award will be presented on 3 October 2013 at the Marine Science Center Breakfast in Fort Worden Commons, beginning at 8:00 am. In addition to this annual tribute named in Eleanor’s honor, work is nearing completion for a sculpture in recognition of the story of the Protection Island National Wildlife Refuge and Eleanor’s pivotal role in that story. The sculpture will be installed at the Northwest Maritime Center.

Donations to the Memorial Fund would be welcome to complete the fundraising effort for the sculpture. Donations can be made by credit card via the PayPal button to the right, or checks can be sent directly to the bank at the address shown at the right. Please indicate 'AAS Memorial Fund' or 'Eleanor Stopps Memorial Fund' on the check.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

work in progress

guillemots for Eleanor, March 2013.
There's a nice article in the Port Townsend Leader today that calls attention to Eleanor's involvement in the efforts to create Kah Tai Lagoon Nature Park and the Protection Island National Wildlife Refuge. It's entitled: Birds fuel economy. From what her friends and family say, Eleanor would agree with that sentiment. She admitted to enjoying sales work when she believed in her product, and she was an extraordinary saleswoman for the protection of habitat for all kinds of birds.

Now, a flock of guillemots takes shape in Tony Angell's studio in preparation for his sculpture to honor the work and life of Eleanor Stopps.

Today is the one-year anniversary of Eleanor's death. We are close to finishing an effort that was highlighted with the first post here one year ago.

Her friends and family have led the effort, and they would welcome contributions to finish the fundraising for the sculpture. It will be located at the Northwest Maritime Center.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Guillemots for Eleanor

Courting Guillemots by Tony Angell
The design by sculptor Tony Angell has been selected for the Eleanor Stopps memorial. At left is his sketch of Pigeon Guillemots courting. Click on the image to enlarge it.

Mr. Angell writes, "I'm delighted with your decision to proceed with the sculpture of Courting Guillemots.  These lovely species are of course indigenous to Protection Island and along with the auklets, are truly representative of the enduring marine bird life that so depends on this unique Preserve. Their beauty is also exceptional and a compelling subject for an artist to interpret in sculpture."

Estimated completion if all proceeds as planned will be sometime into July of 2013.  Part of the schedule will be determined by the foundry's calendar.

The sculpture is expected to be mounted on a basalt base. More information will be posted as it becomes available.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Protection Island story in OPAS newsletter

Protection Island view. Photo by Julie Jaman
The effort to fund a sculpture in honor of Eleanor Stopps and Protection Island got a nice bit of press in early January when our Audubon neighbors in the Olympic Peninsula Audubon Society featured a nice article about Eleanor by Mary Porter-Solberg in their January 2013 newsletter. They also posted a pdf flyer with more information about the effort. You can access both from the OPAS webpage. Their pdf newsletters are at the 'newsletter' link on the left of their home page and our flyer is linked on their home page at the moment. Thanks to our fellow peninsula Audubon chapter for highlighting the Protection Island story.