BEAVERTON, Ore. – Join us to celebrate new public art in the community. Beaverton Coyote by Mary Chomenko Hinckley will be dedicated at a special ceremony on Monday, December 9 at 3:30 p.m.
The dedication celebration is free and open to the public. The event will feature remarks by Mayor Denny Doyle, the artist and others.
Mary Chomenko Hinckley is a Portland-based artist who works in diverse media, including bronze, resin, glass and photography. The juxtaposition between humankind and the natural world is an ongoing theme, and in recent years, her signature work is the coyote. The art installation spans 5 feet by 3 feet.
“As a first generation Ukrainian American, I identify with the coyote as a survivor,” said Chomenko Hinckley. “I saw the struggle of my WWII immigrant parents and admired their tenacious work ethic, gratitude, and desire to belong in our great country. I see art as a way of expressing humanity and to have a voice where perhaps none is given. It is a way to make my observation and experience count, be shared and create connection.”
The event takes place at the site of the sculpture located on the Crescent Connection Trail near the corner of SW Hall Boulevard and SW Crescent Street. The trail opened in November 2018 as a shared use path linking the Beaverton Transit Center, the busiest transit center in the region, to Beaverton Central, and passes by the future home of the Patricia Reser Center for the Arts.
A groundbreaking for the Patricia Reser Center for the Arts occurred November 13, 2019, and construction is expected to be complete in mid-2021. Beaverton Coyote is an artful marker along the path leading to the arts center.
“Art lives here in Beaverton,” said Mayor Denny Doyle. “It’s an honor to have this sculpture by an internationally recognized artist in our city. Our downtown is a vibrant place because of our community’s dedication to public art, which helps create memorable public places.”
Beaverton Coyote was cast at Maiden Foundry in Sandy, Oregon. It was installed in August 2019 with support from the Beaverton Arts Program, Beaverton Arts Commission and Beaverton Arts Foundation. For more information about the city’s arts programs, events and grant opportunities, visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov/arts.
Caption: Beaverton Coyote, 1992/2019, Cast Bronze © Mary Chomenko Hinckley. Photo courtesy David Papazian.