Art in Pateros

Pateros is the perfect place for artist to decompress and express!

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Designed, constructed, and dedicated to the City of Pateros by Phyllis Gazette - 1985

Pateros is the hometown of the late Richard Byers best known for his bold sculptures that reframed Northwest fables and poked at politicians. Beyer spent many of his most creative years at his foundry on the banks of the Columbia River in Pateros. 
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Bring your boat and head downstream to visit 'Billy Joe Sloan, the Fishing Dog Sculpture, which is installed on a rock pointing to steelhead. Or, visit the Pateros Schools and see "Fish Swimming over Old Pateros" sculpture. 

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Beyers made hundreds, maybe thousands, of public and private pieces that found their way to cities and collections throughout the Pacific Northwest and the world. 

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Learn more about Richard Beyer and his body of work at the Pateros Museum where you can also find some of his preliminary and working models. 

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Pateros is also the home of Harold Otto, Cowboy Poet of the state of Washington. Visit the Otto Exhibit in the Pateros Museum. For most of Otto's life he wrote poetry that chronicled small-town life, the life of cowboys and the life in the Methow Valley.  

Joe Billy Sloan 

Joe Billy was stranger
When he hit our town.
We are glad that he decided 
Here to settle down.

Come gather around me people.

Hear the story I tell
Of the dog Joe Billy
That in Pateros dwells

He rode west with a trucker
From the Eastern Coast.
He jumped ship in Pateros
Of his deeds the natives boast.

At the Lake Pateros Motor Inn
He pitched his camp to stay.
And Joe Billy sure is welcome here
Till his dying day.

His fame for pointing steelheads
We feel is rather sound.
He brings luck to any angler
Who has Joe Billy around.

Joe Billy likes good whiskey
And always takes it straight.
Says only sissys use a chaser
And should not dissipate. 

And when he takes a drink or two
Then romance hits his mind
He's a devil with the ladies, 
Any he can find.

He likes doughnuts and ice cream.
The doughnuts must be glazed
Or Joe Billy will not eat them.
He has some funny ways

One eye is blue, the other brown.
His hair is long with spots.
He needs a wash and manicure.
His jaw is undershot.

You have never seen his equal
In any dog you've known.
He's a legend in Pateros
Where he has a home.

Now if you doubt my story 
Or think I am a jerk
Just come here to Pateros
And see Joe Billy Work.

-by Harold Otto



In June of 1991, Richard Elliot presented a reflector concept and model of the water towers to council. Mr. Elliot, known for his reflector art and public commissions like the "Circle of Light" on the Yakima Sun Dome. The Pateros Chamber of Commerce sponsored the reflector project on the two city water towers, titled "Reflections on the Columbia". The project has become an iconic piece of Pateros and on July 17, 2014 the art installation was destroyed in the Carlton Complex Fires. The project was recommissioned, restored, and re-dedicated on July 14, 2016. The original model, crafted by Richard Beyer, was gifted back to the City by Mr. Elliot's wife, Jane Orleman, who was in attendance. As in 1992, a flash of your headlights, as you arrive at Pateros will light up the hillside with a spectacular display. 

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In 2017, the Monument to the Methow was dedicated. The "Methow Fisherman" modelled on historical photos of the Methow tribe was presented. Virgil "Smoker" Marchand a tribal member of the Lakes Band of the Colville Confederated Tribes. Smoker is known internationally for his three-dimensional steel sculpture, and his works can be found throughout the Pacific Northwest and Canada. Included in the Monument Exhibit is another sculpture by Smoker and copies of ancient pictographs within the sidewalk. 

Methow Arts Alliance Methow Monument Video
Methow Valley Interpretive Center Methow Monument Video

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The Pateros Museum holds a unique collection of six large paintings by Orcutt & Winsor painted for the Wells Dam Visitor Center. The collection was donated to the City after the Wells Dam Visitor Center was closed.