When I visited Kopachuck State Park over summer, I noticed an odd thing as I walked back up from the beach: an artist. Sitting on a stool, she was painting a little trail winding down through the forest, along with another family’s kids. The artist was Myrna Binion, and it turns out she wasn’t just painting a pretty scene but a scene that won’t look the same again for a long time. Firs and hemlocks are being knocked down at Kopachuck this fall because of root rot, but they’ll live forever thanks to artists like Binion who have captured them on canvas and paper, to be exhibited in the lobby of the Harbor History Museum in Gig Harbor.
“Intertwined: Requiem for the Trees” was initiated as a call to artists by Washington State Parks commissioner Pat Lantz, and opens this Friday with a reception from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the museum. It’s a thoughtful tribute to a spot that’s a favorite with local families, and the show is free, running through Oct. 18.