Christiana Heinemann speaks to a crowd gathered for the dedication of “Companion,” a sculpture by her late husband, Bernie Hosey. Photo by Sue Misao

Christiana Heinemann speaks to a crowd gathered for the dedication of “Companion,” a sculpture by her late husband, Bernie Hosey. Photo by Sue Misao

The late sculptor, Bernard Hosey. Photo by Marcy Stamper

The late sculptor, Bernard Hosey. Photo by Marcy Stamper

Nearly 100 people – including a whole bunch from the Methow Valley – gathered at University Village in Seattle for a dedication ceremony on Friday (Aug. 23) of a sculpture by the late Bernard Hosey of Twisp.

The piece, called “Companion” because a small sphere was added to the large one to keep it company, was previously owned by Rita Pampanin, formerly of Twisp.

Pampanin owned two of Hosey’s spheres and asked the artist’s wife, Christiana Heinemann, to help her find a new home for one because she couldn’t transport both of them while moving to California.

Jennifer Laughlin of Twisp christened "Companion" with champagne as Rita Pampanin, left, and Christiana Heinemann stand clear. Photo by Sue Misao

Jennifer Laughlin of Twisp christened “Companion” with champagne as Rita Pampanin, left, and Christiana Heinemann stand clear. Photo by Sue Misao

Heinemann contacted Tom Croonquist, director of development at University Village, who had commissioned a 10-foot stainless steel sphere from Hosey in July 2012. Hosey died in August 2012, before that project could begin.

Croonquist, an admirer of Hosey and his art, put Heinemann in touch with University Village owner Stuart Sloan, who agreed to buy “Companion” and had an area specially landscaped for the installation.