Camano Island Library art dedication set for May 21

Camano Island Library art photo
"Wonders and Curiosities on Every Shelf" by Danny Koffman will be dedicated on May 21 at the Camano Island Library.

The vibrant and active local arts community has been working hard to support the Camano Island Library.

The results of those efforts will be on permanent display starting May 21 at a dedication event for works from three local artists. The event is scheduled for 2-4 p.m. at the Camano Island Library, 848 N. Sunrise Blvd., Camano Island, WA 98282.

“When the library moved to the new location, we decided we needed permanent art as part of the décor,” said Norma Mouton, chair of the Friends of Camano Island Library Art Committee. “We worked with the architect to determine where (the art would be located).

“We decided on five pieces and we ended up with seven.”

While not all of it is ready yet, pieces from three artists will be dedicated at the May 21 ceremony, including:

"Wonders and Curiosities on Every Shelf"

By Danny Koffman, the mixed media artwork printed digitally on aluminum depicts three surprised and amazed children as book subjects come to life on the shelf. The 14-foot by 2-foot mural is installed in the reading room. The artwork is donated to the library by Gay and Oren Campbell in memory of their son Drew Campbell.

“Brown, Matsui, and Levi Strauss”

Donated by the artist, Duane Simshauser, in memory of Julie Simshauser, this piece includes metal plates, hardware cloth, jeans, branches, concert tickets, acrylic on wood panels. The artwork is installed in the teen area of the library.


With the design concept from John Ebner, this steel sculpture was fabricated by Ryan Jansen of Stanwood High School Welding Shop. The pieces are flat steel and banded with one inch steel trim and powder coated. The installation is outside on the north side of the library.

The background of the artists and the committee members illustrate the library’s strong connections to art and the community.

Mouton is a watercolorist who came to Camano four years ago, she said. “Shortly after I arrived, I found out about the library project,” she said. “It made me more interested in my own art and became a way to meet more people.”

For Danny Koffman, the library project is close to his heart and his gallery.

“The idea for the piece is that the three children are responding to what they are seeing on the shelf,” said Koffman, who came to Camano 10 years ago after owning a gallery Monterey, Calif. “The titles on the book spines are coming alive and in the background is Port Susan and Mount Rainier.”

Koffman said the concept for the work “came to me immediately” as an outgrowth of his work with children at local schools. “I just want people to smile as they look at the shelves,” he said.

Mouton said the May 21 dedication event at the library is scheduled to include remarks by Sno-Isle Libraries Executive Director Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory, the artists and others connected to the project.

With Mouton as chair, the Camano Library Art Committee includes community members Gay Campbell, Ann Barbas, Barbara Scott and Tamara Drake plus branch manager David Menard and district manager Becky Bolte.

The Camano Art Fundraising committee includes Rose Olson, a member of both the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation and Sno-Libraries Board of Trustees; Jackie DeFazio, a former Sno-Isle Libraries trustee; and Connie Hall, a member of the Friends fundraising committee and lead planner on unveiling ceremonies.

“The level of commitment to our community is impressive,” Mouton said.