Today numerous sculptures from local artists grace the gardens and vineyards of Westport Winery. Every time our collection of wine labels grow, the sculpture garden grows as well!
It was county extension agent Don Tapio who advised the Roberts, "Plant a vineyard and build a winery”. He was also the catalyst behind the sculpture garden when he told them about a living sculpture of a teddy bear’s picnic he had seen at a botanical garden in England as a young horticulture student.
The Roberts contacted, Ruth McCausland, renown cartoonist Bob McCausland's widow. Ruth graciously allowed the Roberts the use of Bob's drawing of the Grays Harbor Lighthouse as their logo.
The Westport Winery Arboretum is designed to be enjoyed as a driving experience on SR 105. It is open for public access by invitation only as it is a working timber plantation with rough terrain and native wildlife. New specimens are planted each fall. In many circumstances there is at least one planted within the winery gardens for closer inspection. This is Grays Harbor’s first arboretum and the first arboretum at a winery in the United States.
Grays Harbor Historical Seaport's Spar Shop gurus Matt Bale and Kent Wall created this replica of the fighting top from the Black Pearl in Pirates of the Caribbean. The mast at the center sports a series of signal flags that spell winery. On the deck is the pirate’s code.
South Bend artist Warren Heathers installed the sea turtle and the puffer fish in the Atlantis Underwater garden in February 2013. You will know you have arrived at the "underwater" garden when you see the dive flag flying overhead.
Whether at sunrise or Twilight Lora and Kim Malakoff's interpretation for Bella shines, spins and inspires since unveiled on August 12, 2011.
Bog Berry Blush
On Saturday, October 1, we unveiled Infusion, by Hoquiam artist Carrie Larson. This sculpture commemorates the wine Bog Berry Blush. Since cranberries are at the heart of this blend, Larsen’s concept for the arbor-like piece began with “color field images--cranberry bushes in a flooded bog, the myriad shades of red enlivening a watery field reflecting the sky; the way picked cranberries look in a wooden crate, the rich multiples of color and form creating a rhythm.”
Tavis Highlander wanted to communicate how it had to feel for those long ago boom runners, as though they were racing on a river of wood. Tavis He built this three times before he was happy with the results where the wood is connected by winding metal grape vines completing the imagery.
This sculpture has not been commissioned.
Westport artist Kimmi Kerns unveiled a ceramic story pole featuring the history of the Harbor on May 12, 2013.
When chainsaw carver David Thompson selected Bordello Blonde, Kim had an image of a turn-of-the-century madam walking through her gardens. Dave's idea was different since he carved a seven-foot tall hooker. Rather than taking home the hooker, in July of 2009, Kim pointed his fish carved from a giant spruce, and said, "Those will be for Charterboat Chick's."
In homage to the famed giant razor clam that graced the driveway entrance to the long defunct Dune’s Restaurant in Grayland, the Roberts family commissioned Uitto to create a similar icon for their new restaurant.
Award-winning wildlife carver, Vern Jones of Westport, created a flock of ducks in our blue glass pond. Made of cork, these decoys were unveiled in July of 2011.
A jack-of-all-trades from commercial fisherman and processor to wildlife artist, Kunz has a style all his own. This piece was unveiled on a cold rainy Sunday in January of 2009. Positioned next to a "dry" creek bed that is the natural drainage for the parking area. The water in the creek is made from recycled blue wine bottles that have been broken and tumbled.
North River artist Sherryl Jackson created this enigmatic gardener and cyclist unveiled on October 6, 2013. The wheelbarrow is by Kim Roberts.
Fleur de Lis
Lora Malakoff of Clallam Bay unveiled this ode to irises on June 9, 2012. Created from metal and plexiglass, she magnified the allure of the 10,000 irises on the farm.
This solar powered glass sculpture includes over 200 spheres created by Johnny and Darlene Camp of Opal Art Glass in Cosmopolis. It was unveiled on October 20, 2012.
Sherryl Butts-Jackson of North River created The Kiss, unveiled on August 4, 2013. Nearby are two Passionate Kiss roses and a traditional kissing bench.
The label says it all. You move to the beach. You start collecting stuff you find on the beach. You hang it on your mailbox. This was installed in August of 2009 by Kim Roberts. The vineyards are surrounded with floats courtesy of the Stedman and Greear families.
Tokeland artist Jeffro Uitto installed this formidable tiki in the tropical Hawaiian garden on March 28, 2013.
South Bend artist Warren Heathers installed his dragon in the Gothic Italian garden in February 2013. Clallam Bay artist Kim Malakoff is creating a gargoyle for this garden.
Elma artist Frank Ratte unveiled this Buddha with seven chakra on October 6, 2013. Namaste.
Kim Roberts harkened back to Don Tapio’s original concept of living art with this sculpture. Huge rocks were hauled in to create the jetty, while miniature boxwood were trained into topiary cats beginning in November of 2009.
Sherryl Butts-Jackson of North River, unveiled "Love", the centerpiece for the lavender labyrinth, on June 9, 2013 during the Fleur de Lis Festival. The sculpture utilized over two miles of fence wire for this destination wedding garden.
With logo in hand, the Roberts decided to add a lighthouse to the design of their winery. Westport's Tricia Rogers engineered the structure that was built by Jim Humphrey Construction for the winery's opening on March 29, 2008.
When this sculpture arrived depicting this intensely happy little bear amid a bramble of berries, the Roberts knew it would be a lasting tribute to their beloved dog, Kalis, who plays the role of the bear on the wine’s label. This sculpture was unveiled on May 22, 2010. Kalis lost his battle with melanoma on December 7, 2009.
Tokeland artists Jeffro and Zela Uitto have been commissioned to collaborate on this sculpture.
When Lisa Humbyrd welded this piece she used her own hands as the model for the mermaid, who without adhesive can hold either a glass or a bottle of wine. This sculpture was unveiled in July of 2008.
Message In A Bottle
Montesano artist Abe Singer unveiled his Message In A Bottle on August 3, 2012. Thanks to Ken Wilson there is a geocache located on our property. There is a latitude and longitude on the Message In A Bottle label to help you find the clue to the treasure’s location.
This incredible hypertufa sculpture honors and represents three men lost at sea amid the ocean's ruins. Elma artist Frank Ratte unveiled this sculpture on March 31, 2012.
Jeff Uitto took on one of the most challenging labels, that of Nirvana. Made of wood collected from the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah along with many rusty items from the area's past, Uitto created a replica of the guitar Cobain had designed for Fender. This sculpture was unveiled in September of 2009.
Mike Peterson unveiled this piece in October of 2012 in the winery's Pacific Northwest Native garden.
Peaches on the Beaches
Lora Malikoff, is best known as a writer and editor. However, her passion is art. A prolific painter, she has not created a sculpture in a long time before unveiling this on August 21, 2010. The backdrop is a composite photograph by the Roberts family’s friend, Randy Miller of Maui.
Hawaiian native, Peggy Hubacker, brought the essence of the islands to Westport with this patinated metal screen featuring a bird-of-paradise on November 20, 2010.
Rapture of the Deep
Johnny and Darlene Camp of Opal Art Glass have been commissioned to create this sculpture.
A woman of many talents—musician, teacher, painter— Lindell Stacy-Horton's favorite media is paper maché—not a great product for an outdoor application. Her sculpture is crafted of fiberglass. Its sunflower shape, depicts a bright, red sun rising or setting, any time of day.
Shelter From The Storm
Johnny and Darlene Camp of Opal Art Glass unveiled this remarkable place to embrace out of the rain on June 11, 2011.
Shiver Me Timbers
Metal artist, Mike Peterson, unveiled this crab boat in June 2013.
Mike Peterson’s sketch for this sculpture is almost as beautiful as the sculpture itself. Made of intricately cut metal, this piece was unveiled at the Eclipse Concert on June 26, 2010, where Mike was also the drummer in the band.
Mark Simbe said he’s been an artist his entire life, yet it was his years in the auto body business that helped him transition from drawings to sculpture. With this piece he reflects the very nature of the word Skookumchuck as it translates from the Chinook jargon to mean “strong water”. This piece was unveiled on July 24, 2010.
Nikki Demmert has been commissioned to create this sculpture.
Hand-blown by Johnny and Darlene Camp of Opal Art Glass this sculpture includes sixty pieces of glass on a metal frame. Each piece has a hole to protect the glass from condensation and temperature extremes. The Roberts call this their million dollar sculpture on a Grays Harbor budget. This sculpture was unveiled in May of 2009.
Frank Ratte has been commissioned to create this sculpture.
Kim Malakoff of Clallam Bay has been commissioned to create this sculpture.
The best way to experience the sculpture garden is to visit the winery. Be sure to browse our garden nursery, have lunch, pick-up some baked goods from the road, and a bottle of wine to take home along with your memories. For directions, and contact information visit the Contact Us page!