Months ago, our McMenamins artists put out a call for painters to help with the extraordinary amount of artwork that will be needed at the Anderson School property in Bothell, Wa. Here's a bit from the call-for-artists letter:
"Original artwork has long been an important component and attraction at McMenamins hotels and restaurants. Each individual property features art derived and inspired by its site-specific historical events and characters and those of its surrounding community. There are also frequent artistic nods made to McMenamins' history, music and other sources that have influenced the company's evolution."
After a lengthy submission and review process, several talented painters were added to our Anderson School artistic crew. It's been a lot of fun to see their various styles and to see historic Bothell moments and figures illustrated with such vivid themes, colors and inspiration points – here are a few examples of the newly-added artists' additions to our "collection," with descriptions in the artists' own words.
"Bothell Boy Going Back To School With Beatle Haircut"
"His strength lay in his hair" says the quote in the Seattle Times article, about the biblical figure Samson. [This] seems to also be true of Tom Poll. In 1966, Tom refused to cut his "Beatle style" long hair with the support of his parents and was suspended from school because his hair was considered too long to conform to the "school's standards of good grooming." The painting is done in the Pop Art style that had become the dominant avant-garde style by 1966. Andy Warhol and other artists were pushing the limits at the time of what was considered art. Seems that Tom Poll was a pioneer himself, by standing up for his rights as an individual, for freedom of expression.
"The Accomplished Gerhard Ericksen"
Gerhard Ericksen originally caught my attention with the quirky pragmatism of his "Thistle Bill." I then learned of his Norwegian heritage (which we have in common!) and that in addition to being an early settler of Bothell he was, among other things, also a businessman and postmaster. I give a nod to this with a scattering of postage stamps throughout the piece as well as depicting him at oars; prior to becoming the first postmaster he had been rowing across the river to Woodinville to pick up the mail several times a week. The site of this store owner's family residence eventually made way for a Safeway grocery – both structures were classic architectural examples of their eras.
"Unity Rises from the Ashes"
1887 • David Bothell loses boarder house in fire. But in 1888 Bothell gets railroad and boats still crucial.
1908 • Fire destroys part of Bothell. But in 1909 Bothell becomes incorporated and builds Viking Ship to celebrate Norway Day.
1911 • Major fire destroys part of Bothell. But in 1913 first car arrives, roads reach Bothell where pavement meets red brick.
A marriage of train, auto and boat speeds along a red brick road. Three train cars are visible with years 1888, 1909, 1913 to represent the three major transportation advances while flames rise from between each of these years/railcars. Flames also rise from dragon head prow to represent the Viking Ship's return to ashes when it was destroyed in fire.