Totem Poles & other Large Art Creations

by Mike Olsen

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Background

Mike Olsen was born in Everett, Washington in 1963. He lived in Fairbanks Alaska for  eight years where he developed an interest in Northwest Indian art. As a child, he carved many small figurines and other items that he sold in his mother's gift shop.

After moving to Vancouver, Washington, Mike continued his interest in art at Columbia River High School, where he graduated in 1982. Two years later, he married Brenda Schurman of Ridgefield. They have one son, Steven. The Olsens live and work at their riverside studio near Sunset Falls in Yacolt, Washington. 
Mike's talent, and expertise are evident throughout the community and Pacific Northwest in several media, including landscape design, construction projects and sculptures of wood, metal, pottery, found objects and stone. He has performed his totem pole art in public at the Clark County Fair and carved ice sculptures for the Heathman Lodge, Columbia Edgewater Country Club, The SWIFT Foundation, Western Art Association and many private parties and weddings.

He has also donated his time and talent to several non-profit organizations including SWIFT, Outward Bound, Rocky Mountain Elk Federation, Tiger Warren Art Foundation and Columbia River Girl Scout Council.

Local Work
Clark County Fair 35 foot totem pole, carving demonstration and donation, 1989
Lewis River Telephone Co. two 14 foot totem poles
Harmony Lake RV Park three totems, roadside sign, IO foot salmon and other interior pieces
Heathman Lodge

(Click here for detail of work performed at the Heathman Lodge)



one 28 foot totem pole and one 10 foot totem pole in hotel lobby
koi pond and landscape design
carved newel posts on grand staircase
one 4x8-foot metal wall hanging
forged metal bands for interior log work
salmon sculpture in manager's office
16 foot dugout canoe
Alderbrook Park  figure head reproduction of Sir Francis Drake's Golden Hinde
Alder Creek Canoe & Kayak Tomahawk Island, Portland roadside sculpture and sign
NoHo's Hawaiian Cafe IO foot exterior surfboard sign - wood and metal
Amboy Territorial Days 12 foot house post totem, donation
Battle Ground Mercantile exterior sign, two 9 foot garden sculptures
Port of Ridgefield exterior sign - wood and metal depicting indigenous wildlife
Natural Spaces ongoing retail offerings of sculpture, wall hangings, furniture
Maple Grove Primary School Battle Ground School District  memorial wall hanging of wood and metal
Pacific Northwest Best Fish (Robinson Cold Storage) Monument sign, 12 foot totem pole, blue heron sculpture, rock sculpture
McCormick Schmicks
San Jose, CA.
6 foot salmon sculptures traversing front of building

Commissioned works are also on public and private display in Alaska, British Columbia, Pennsylvania, Colorado and California.

 

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