Traffic Wrap Winners

Downtown Traffic Box Wraps

Downtown Traffic Wrap Design - ThumbnailArtist: Nikki McClure

Title: Persist

Original Medium: Papercut

Location: 5th Ave & Washington St

What if Downtown Olympia was a place where children could safely ride their bikes to the Library or the Farmers Market? Could we make safe bike paths that cross our city, North to South, East to West? Maybe this image will encourage bike riding downtown by all ages. There is freedom in bike riding under your own power, deciding your own speed and direction, riding through the future that has been sowed.

Contact: nikkimcclure.com


Downtown Traffic Wrap Design - ThumbnailArtist: Mimi Williams

Title: Buoyed

Original Medium: Linoleum Cut Block Print

Location: State Ave & Capitol Way

The image is Boston Harbor Marina and the Dofflemeyer Lighthouse with the Olympic Mountains in the background. The setting evokes memories of boating in Puget Sound as well as the potential adventures. I titled it “Buoyed’ because metaphorically there is safety in being tied to a buoy and you are less likely to drift out to sea.

Contact: mimiwilliamsprintmaker.com


Downtown Traffic Wrap Design - ThumbnailArtist: Doyle Fanning

Title: Summer Flowers with Sky

Original Medium: Photo Collage

Location: Capitol Way & Legion St

The inspiration for this art work is simple: Summer in Olympia. There is nothing quite like it. Blue skies over Budd Bay filled with lightweight clouds / garden flowers in full bloom / reflections of trees and clouds that shimmer and skip on the waters of Capital Lake.  Everything is lit up during the summer. It is my hope that this art work will light up the darker days of fall and winter and call to mind memories of summer past.

Inspiration for “Summer Flowers with Sky” came as I sat in Rotary Park taking pictures of the sky and then visited a friend to find her garden in full bloom – daisies, crocosmia, geraniums.

And there is some connection I feel but can’t quite articulate with traffic “lights” and the “light” of summer that will perhaps be felt by others as they drive or walk past these boxes that serve to control and regulate lights.

Contact: doylefanning.com


Downtown Traffic Wrap Design - ThumbnailArtist: Robert Hunter

Title: Night Life

Original Medium: Digital Photo

Location: 4th Ave & Cherry St

Ideas and compositions for “Night Life” were the result of having viewed numerous beautiful sunsets from our home on East Bay Drive. Dramatic changes in light, even over a two hour period at the end of the day produce great variations in pattern, color, and effect.  While photo images have substantial impact on their own, I chose to bring pictures through photo shop as I have used and taught classes on this wonderful, innovative software since its inception.

My view to the South from home provides almost a “bulls-eye” focus on the capital. As the dome is an iconic presence for Olympia it seemed natural to me to incorporate architecture into the plan, an image many people would recognize and be symbolic of Olympia. Also, the skyline of Olympia from this perspective may not be one that visitors to our city are familiar with, adding an extra dimension to this profile of our environment.

Digital filters were incorporated in “Night Life” to create a “layered effect.” Artistic tools like conte crayon, airbrush, and colored paint daubs were used, as well as textural tools that help define the finished piece. Most of the natural light and color were left alone to be adjusted by Photoshop technology.

Variety and variation are what come to mind when I think of what Olympia stands for. We have a diverse population of young people, working people, students, retired folks and legislative personnel. The challenge for me for this project was to complete a visual statement that would add color, interest, and perspective to the downtown area while appealing to many.

Contact: majesticabstracts.com


Downtown Traffic Wrap Design - ThumbnailArtist: Jane Wingfield

Title: Peach Rhodys

Original Medium: Watercolor Sketch

Location: Capitol Way & Union Ave

Utility boxes with personality. I love the idea. Being a long-time resident of the Olympia community I wanted to respond to the call with something that represents the community and its place in the state. I chose the Capitol dome nested in spring rhododendrons—both emblematic of our place.

I considered a more graphic style, but decided to go with my persona – Olysketcher.

Simply put, I love sketching. I’ve worked with oils, watercolors, handmade paper and other mediums over the years, but always a little frustrated with not having enough time to complete major projects. A few years ago my son gave me a small sketchbook with the most scrumptious handmade Italian paper. When I had the opportunity to travel, I took the sketchbook with me; it became my favorite souvenir. The sketches bring me right back to the location where I gathered the wonderful memories.

I discovered Urban Sketchers in 2009 and was immediately committed. Urban sketchers International was started by the Seattle Times sketchjournalist, Gabriel Campanario, aka The Seattle Sketcher. Hundreds of thousands of sketches have been posted on the international blogs, flickr facebook pages from every corner of the earth.

What I love about urban sketching is that I can do art anywhere I am – no need for a studio with expensive materials. I believe that art enriches our lives immensely and I love sharing the experience of opening our eyes to see the world one sketch at a time.

This design was drawn and painted on location at the state Capitol grounds on May 3, just as Crop Walk was gathering on the Capitol steps. Bagpipers blared their encouragement and a few people came over to peek as I sat perched on my stool near the bushes.

Contact: olysketcher.com


Downtown Traffic Wrap Design - ThumbnailArtist: Robyn Chance

Title: Fish in the Wind

Original Medium: Open Acrylic Painting

Location: Capitol Way & 4th Ave

I wanted to capture a colorful, lively moment that was in movement; a snap shot of a beautiful day, or memory. A moment of feeling free and inspired. My daughter is Chinese, and in 2008 I created my first children’s picture book for her, entitled, C is for China. In that book, I created a watercolor illustration of fish kites flying in the wind. That illustration really seemed to resonate with people. I thought it would be fun to bring that same joy, whimsy, movement and color to a larger scale painting, and, giving myself a chance to play, I used open acrylic paints for this painting rather than watercolor.

Contact: chanceart.com


Downtown Traffic Wrap Design - ThumbnailArtist: Dave Sanders

Title: Crank It Up

Original Medium: Digital Illustration

Location: 4th Ave & Columbia St

Inspiration for this design is drawn from a whimsical perspective of a day passing from morning until evening and in the final analysis, it is people that give energy and direction to the unfolding of each moment. As an artist, I am constantly exploring the line between fantasy and reality. Combining elements that alone would not seem compatible, yet with the twist of my mind, they somehow function together. My desire is to make you smile first and think second.

Contact: drawdaddio.com


Downtown Traffic Wrap Design - ThumbnailArtist: Jennifer Kuhns

Title: Marushka

Original Medium: Mosaic

Location: Capitol Way & 5th Ave

My specialty is stained glass mosaic, with emphasis on use of reclaimed materials.  I collect stained glass scraps from leaded and fused glass artists, and tiles are scavenged from contractors, tile setters, and salvage yards.  The bases for my fine art panels are leftover tile boards, cupboard doors, and old windows. 

I am deeply interested in folk art, particularly that of my Baltic heritage, as well as my husband’s Mexican heritage.  I am amazed by how similar the traditional artwork is from each of our backgrounds, and I find that it is inspired by the same themes of interconnection between humans and nature, and cycles of life and death.  Often, I am overwhelmed by horrific news stories involving genocide, poverty, endangerment of species, natural disasters, climate change…and I feel compelled to create something cheerful and beautiful as a kind of catharsis.  I hope my work brings joy and solace to viewers as well.

To my great surprise and delight, mosaic is my official job.  My days are spent in a studio 30 miles West of Olympia on 5.3 acres nestled between the Black Hills.  Pursuing a career as an artist has allowed me to be available for my daughter, grow my own food, and care for a menagerie of animals (chickens, goats, ducks, dogs, cats and ferrets, a snake.)  I appreciate the versatility of mosaic, as I’ve been able to generate income through architectural commissions in homes and businesses, public art, and exhibits, along with some gallery sales.  I usually have three very different projects in progress at any one time, which prevents me from getting bored.

My connection to other artists has been essential to my own work.  Over the years, I have consulted and collaborated with fellow artists working in a variety of mediums, and the advice, critique, camaraderie, brainstorming, and networking has helped me to develop my work and to keep from being a hermit working in complete isolation. In 2009, I joined the Society of American Mosaic Artists and began attending the annual American Mosaic Summit. Through these events and participation in other online mosaic forums, my technique and understanding of this ancient, yet utterly contemporary medium has grown exponentially.  Even as I am grasping the more nuanced aspects of skillful mosaic, I recognize how much there is to learn.  I look forward to mastering use of hue and value to create a sense of depth and dimension, as well as becoming adept at creating 3-dimensional substrates for large-scale sculptural mosaic.  Most importantly, I am working to hone my personal style, and finding the best avenues to share my work with the public.

Contact: jkmosaic.com


Downtown Traffic Wrap Design - ThumbnailArtist: Tai Hicks

Title: Far From Home

Original Medium: Acrylic Painting

Location: Legion Way & Washington St

I am an Olympia based self-taught artist and member of the International Association of Astronomical Artists. Over the years, my work has blossomed into something between the real and surreal with a focus on honey bees, dreams, and the cosmos. I have explored many mediums and have found that I am best able to realize my visions through painting. My inspiration is drawn from many wells, including science fiction, fantasy, nature, and dreams.

Contact: spaceandlightart.com/taihicks/


Traffic Wrap DesignArtist: deAna McDonald Lopez

Title: Breathe

Original Medium: Photograph

Location: 4th Ave & Franklin St

My name is deAna McDonald-Lopez, I was raised in Phoenix, AZ, but have grown up in Olympia, WA. I rest my head in the PNW and my soul resides here. I am constantly looking up in search of clouds or beautiful landscapes of any kind. I will be the first to let you know how amazing the sky looks, day or night, every chance I get. There is magic all around us, if only, we care to take a moment to look. I am also very inspired by the talented Mr. Maynard James Keenan - which is where I got the titles for the concepts, for the Transit Wrap Project. I am a life-pedestrian and I will definitely notice, with much anticipation, the likes of art filling the streets.  And, I keep my head in the clouds, reaching for the random, or whatever will bewilder...  Breathe – A photograph near Lower Lake Lena in March 2015. Strive to make this world a little more beautiful.


Westside Traffic Box Wraps

Westside Traffic Wrap Design - ThumbnailArtist: Dave Sanders

Title: Seasonal Reflections

Original Medium: Digital Illustration

Location: Cooper Point Rd & Carraige Dr

Inspiration for this design is drawn from a whimsical perspective of a day passing from morning until evening and in the final analysis, it is people that give energy and direction to the unfolding of each moment. As an artist, I am constantly exploring the line between fantasy and reality. Combining elements that alone would not seem compatible, yet with the twist of my mind, they somehow function together. My desire is to make you smile first and think second.

Contact: drawdaddio.com


Westside Traffic Wrap Design - ThumbnailArtist: Jennifer Kuhns

Title: Harvest

Original Medium: Mosaic

Location: Division St & Harrison Ave

My specialty is stained glass mosaic, with emphasis on use of reclaimed materials.  I collect stained glass scraps from leaded and fused glass artists, and tiles are scavenged from contractors, tile setters, and salvage yards.  The bases for my fine art panels are leftover tile boards, cupboard doors, and old windows.

I am deeply interested in folk art, particularly that of my Baltic heritage, as well as my husband’s Mexican heritage.  I am amazed by how similar the traditional artwork is from each of our backgrounds, and I find that it is inspired by the same themes of interconnection between humans and nature, and cycles of life and death.  Often, I am overwhelmed by horrific news stories involving genocide, poverty, endangerment of species, natural disasters, climate change…and I feel compelled to create something cheerful and beautiful as a kind of catharsis.  I hope my work brings joy and solace to viewers as well.

To my great surprise and delight, mosaic is my official job.  My days are spent in a studio 30 miles West of Olympia on 5.3 acres nestled between the Black Hills.  Pursuing a career as an artist has allowed me to be available for my daughter, grow my own food, and care for a menagerie of animals (chickens, goats, ducks, dogs, cats and ferrets, a snake.)  I appreciate the versatility of mosaic, as I’ve been able to generate income through architectural commissions in homes and businesses, public art, and exhibits, along with some gallery sales.  I usually have three very different projects in progress at any one time, which prevents me from getting bored.

My connection to other artists has been essential to my own work.  Over the years, I have consulted and collaborated with fellow artists working in a variety of mediums, and the advice, critique, camaraderie, brainstorming, and networking has helped me to develop my work and to keep from being a hermit working in complete isolation. In 2009, I joined the Society of American Mosaic Artists and began attending the annual American Mosaic Summit. Through these events and participation in other online mosaic forums, my technique and understanding of this ancient, yet utterly contemporary medium has grown exponentially.  Even as I am grasping the more nuanced aspects of skillful mosaic, I recognize how much there is to learn.  I look forward to mastering use of hue and value to create a sense of depth and dimension, as well as becoming adept at creating 3-dimensional substrates for large-scale sculptural mosaic.  Most importantly, I am working to hone my personal style, and finding the best avenues to share my work with the public.

Contact: jkmosaic.com


Westside Traffic Wrap Design - ThumbnailArtist: Mary Wojnar

Title: Spiral Galaxy

Original Medium: Painting

Location: Harrison Ave & Yauger Way

My entry was based off of a design of a spiral galaxy in outer space. I’ve have experience before painting similar galaxy designs on shoes and phone cases I’ve painted for friends. This design fits well as a pattern, because though in some terms it’s simple, its colors are so complex, and it has the ability to stretch across different canvases.

My work is primarily focused around paint and ink-based medias. I am self taught artist with strengths in acrylic media, and have experience with design programs such as Photoshop and InDesign. Throughout high school I have been recognized for my artistic ability receiving best in show for numerous art shows, and winning the yearly class mural competition. I have created paintings for friends and family of numerous subjects, my most recent piece was of my sister's dogs. I have the ability to recreate an image onto a canvas in my own unique design, and by mentally visualizing an idea can expand off of given ideas toward a project.

I hope to pursue a career after college that incorporates what I love doing through my art, and hopefully inspire others with what I create.


Westside Traffic Wrap Design - ThumbnailArtist: Jane Wingfield

Title: Capitol Rhodys

Original Medium: Watercolor Sketch

Location: Harrison Ave & Perry St

Utility boxes with personality. I love the idea. Being a long-time resident of the Olympia community I wanted to respond to the call with something that represents the community and its place in the state. I chose the Capitol dome nested in spring rhododendrons—both emblematic of our place.

I considered a more graphic style, but decided to go with my persona – Olysketcher.

Simply put, I love sketching. I’ve worked with oils, watercolors, handmade paper and other mediums over the years, but always a little frustrated with not having enough time to complete major projects. A few years ago my son gave me a small sketchbook with the most scrumptious handmade Italian paper. When I had the opportunity to travel, I took the sketchbook with me; it became my favorite souvenir. The sketches bring me right back to the location where I gathered the wonderful memories.

I discovered Urban Sketchers in 2009 and was immediately committed. Urban sketchers International was started by the Seattle Times sketchjournalist, Gabriel Campanario, aka. The Seattle Sketcher. Hundreds of thousands of sketches have been posted on the international blogs, flickr facebook pages from every corner of the earth.

What I love about urban sketching is that I can do art anywhere I am – no need for a studio with expensive materials. I believe that art enriches our lives immensely and I love sharing the experience of opening our eyes to see the world one sketch at a time.

This design was drawn and painted on location at the state Capitol grounds. The day I drew the pink rhododendrons, it was cool and windy, threatening rain at any moment.

Contact: olysketcher.com


Westside Traffic Wrap Design - ThumbnailArtist: Juliet Frew

Title: Nisqually Alders

Original Medium: Photograph

Location: Harrison Ave & Kenyon St

By questioning the concept of movement within the cityscape, Juliet Frew finds that movement reveals inherent awkwardness, a humour that echoes our own vulnerabilities. Her photos isolate the movements of humans, animals, and/or objects, and by doing so create sequences which reveal an inseparable relationship between motion and stillness. By experimenting with aleatoric processes, she formalizes the coincidental and emphasizes the conscious process of composition that is behind the seemingly random works. The thought processes, supposedly private, highly subjective and unfiltered in their references to dream worlds, are frequently revealed as assemblages.

Her works feature coincidental, accidental, and unexpected connections which make it possible to revise reality and, even better, to complement it. Combining unrelated aspects leads to surprising analogies; by taking daily life as subject matter while commenting on the everyday aesthetic of middle class values, she often creates work using creative game tactics, striving against judgment and attachment. Play is a serious matter, however: during the game, different rules apply than in everyday life, and even everyday objects undergo transformation.

Further, her works are based on inspiring situations: visions that reflect a sensation of possibilities beyond possibilities, and serene contemplation, combined with subtle eccentric details and elements of the cognitive and human experience.

Contact: julietavocado.com


Westside Traffic Wrap Design - ThumbnailArtist: Robyn Chance

Title: A Tender Moment

Original Medium: Open Acrylic Painting

Location: Black Lake Blvd at Capital Mall Entrance

I enjoy creating art that feels emotionally meaningful. This image captures a moment that few of us ever get to see, and it is indeed tender. I believe it is important to help convey the idea that all creatures are capable of experiencing a variety of emotions. With this painting, a story begins for me, and I hope one begins for the viewer too. When creating a piece of art, I seek to give myself, and as an extension, the viewer, an opportunity to see the world differently. As Nikki Ducornet so eloquently stated in her essay, The Muse Always Has Wings, “The beautiful paradox of art is that what is a private journey is released to the world where it enters into the fabric of other lives.”  All of these thoughts are the inspiration behind the creation of “A Tender Moment.”

Contact: chanceart.com


Westside Traffic Wrap Design - ThumbnailArtist: Tai Hicks

Title: Aberrant Orchard

Original Medium: Acrylic Painting

Location: Cooper Point Rd & Evergreen Park Dr

I am an Olympia based self-taught artist and member of the International Association of Astronomical Artists. Over the years, my work has blossomed into something between the real and surreal with a focus on honey bees, dreams, and the cosmos. I have explored many mediums and have found that I am best able to realize my visions through painting. My inspiration is drawn from many wells, including science fiction, fantasy, nature, and dreams.

Contact: spaceandlightart.com/taihicks/


Westside Traffic Wrap Design - ThumbnailArtist: Yelizaveta Bakhtina

Title: Forest Ground

Original Medium: Oil on Canvas

Location: Cooper Point Rd at Mall Loop Dr

I am very happy to contribute to the beautification of our Olympia. I have lived in this town for 5 years and love its community resources, cultures, traditions and peaceful atmosphere. I love to share a part of my own culture with the community and bring artwork inspired by my Russian heritage to Olympia’s streets.

This painting is inspired by my childhood, growing up in the old city of St. Petersburg and in the deep forests of the Russian countryside. As a scientific illustrator, I have a fascination for the natural world and love studying and painting flora and fauna. I find a lot of similarity in climate between St. Petersburg and Olympia, which was my inspiration.  I feel like I can find my favorite animals and this forest floor in any place I feel home.

Contact: facebook.com/vetabakhtina


Westside Traffic Wrap Design - ThumbnailArtist: Carrie O'Neill

Title: Swim

Original Medium: Watercolor, gouache, and pencil on paper

Location: Black Lake Blvd & Capital Mall Dr

Carrie O’Neill is a children’s book writer and illustrator living in Olympia.  In 2014 she helped establish the Olympia Knitting Mills Artist Collective with five other women.  The collective's suite of studios and gallery are above the Fish Brewing Company, where they host art shows, classes and musical events. Carrie has been a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators since 2012.  In addition to children’s book illustration, Carrie does commercial illustration, portrait commissions, and teaches art classes to kids.

This image was inspired by my experience of spending time at Olympia's YMCA, and watching my children learn to swim.  I think it would be a nice addition to the city landscape because of the rich colors I used, and because of the transportive effect that an image of bodies in water could have for drivers and pedestrians.

Contact: carrieoneill.com


Traffic Wrap DesignArtist: Nikki McClure

Title: Inhabit

Original Medium: Papercut

Location: Cooper Point Rd & Black Lake Blvd

This is the Westside of the past and of the future. It is an image that will transport one in time and reduce speed to that of walking on a hot summer day through a field of tall grass into cool forest shade.

Contact: nikkimcclure.com


Eastside Traffic Box Wraps

Kris Sproul - Tipsoo Lake Pink SunsetArtist: Kris Sproul

Title: Tipsoo Lake Pink Sunset

Original Medium: Photograph 

Location: Martin Way & Lilly Rd

My photographs celebrate the beauty and color of the world around us, from the sun’s first light shining on a serene mountain scene with wildflowers at peak bloom to skyscrapers looming over a bustling urban landscape at dusk. Each image is the result of hours, or often days, spent exploring and patiently waiting for conditions to align, frequently requiring several trips to the same location. When the weather, light, and other environmental factors all come together, my camera gives me the opportunity to share my perception of that experience with the world through my photos. I am especially excited to capture and share images of the Pacific Northwest, my home since being lured here by the beauty of the landscape eight years ago.

While there have been numerous and significant improvements to camera technology over the years, there is often still a great disparity between the raw image from the camera and what I saw when I was actually at the location. Today’s digital darkroom allows me to process each image in a way that faithfully replicates what I personally experienced when I captured the photo. While this process undeniably reflects my personal interpretation of each photograph, my goal is to remain honest to the original scene as I experienced it. I am grateful to have the opportunity to share these experiences with the viewers of my photographs.

Contact: sproulphoto.com


Darcy Goedecke - Trilliums GazeArtist: Darcy Goedecke

Title: Trillium's Gaze

Original Medium: Oil on Canvas

Location: Pacific Ave & Fones Rd

Since I was a child, nature has been my most favorite playground, and animals my closest companions. Time and time again, my artwork returns to these connections for inspiration and meaning.

Animals have always been very inspiring and calming to me. They are quiet, beautiful, thoughtful, present, joy-seeking beings. This being-ness, and their sense-of-self, calls out to me to be expressed on canvas.

Nature too has this divine conscious presence that I am drawn to record. Everything seems to have a sense of order, a heart beat, a voice, expanse.

The paintings I create are often centered around the personalities and presence of animals, with a little bit of the whimsy and enchantment of nature added in. I choose my imagery based on what brings me a sense of wonderment and joy.

This piece, “Trillium’s Gaze”, was inspired by Springtime. It is a depiction of my cat, Trillium, gazing into the golden Spring sun. He is surrounded by busy bumblebees and dandelions, which are some of my favorite Spring elements.

Contact: darcy@darcygoedecke.com


Doyle Fanning - Wild FlowerArtist: Doyle Fanning

Title: Wild Flower

Original Medium: Photo Collage

Location: Pacific Ave & Sawyer St

Wild Queen Anne’s Lace is a sure sign of summer. As I drive or walk along West Bay, I see them holding their heads up high, bending gentle like in the breeze, reaching skyward. They seem to me at once proud, graceful and maybe even a bit defiant growing as they do on the margins of abandoned industrial land. They catch my eye as I pass by and I find myself slowing down to take in their transient beauty. For that moment the world becomes quiet and still for me. In pairing them with domesticated flowers and an open sky on a traffic box I hope to bring a moment of quiet stillness to a busy intersection.

And even though I know they are classified as a noxious weed and understand the need to protect native species, I confess, I would miss them. On a traffic box their beauty and grace will keep them at a safe distance from native plants.

Contact: doylefanning.prints@comcast.net


Donna Smith Hursh - Mount RainierArtist: Donna Smith Hursh

Title: Mount Rainier

Original Medium: Drawing

Location: Pacific Ave & Boulevard Rd

I have lived in the Pacific Northwest for most of my life and I have come to think of it as a very special place. While we do get lots of rain and cloudy days, in return we have the beauty of nature all around us. The trees. The blue sky. The wildflowers. The mountains. The rivers. I created this picture of Mount Rainier with these bright, bold colors to reflect the magic of this place that we are lucky enough to call home.

Contact: yippingdog@aol.com


Scott Stevens - Tree DawnArtist: Scott Allan Stevens

Title: Tree Dawn

Original Medium: Photograph

Location: Pacific Ave & Pattison St

I love the idea of beautifying ordinary objects such as utility boxes, and I’m delighted to be able to offer one of my photos for consideration. This image was taken on the State Capitol campus early one magical morning as fog was giving way to a gorgeous sunrise. The shapes and angles speak of growth, uplift, and inspiration.

Thanks for the opportunity to help beautify the landscape!

Contact: scott@nwexposure.com


Cheryl Falkenburg - Capitol ForestArtist: Cheryl Falkenburg

Title: Capitol Forest

Original Medium: Pil Painting

Location: Union Ave & Plum St

The inspiration for Capitol Forest, an oil painting of the capitol building behind a forest of sailboat masts, came from a request by our local school foundation to have me submit a painting for the auction. The painting came from a photo taken by one of our neighbors and it spoke to me of what makes Olympia a special place for me- the seat of government towering above our city but surrounded by forest, water and opportunities for outdoor recreation. I'm especially drawn to the sea and boating and the ready access we have to those things. How quickly we can go from shopping or dining in downtown Olympia, to hiking through our evergreen forests to being on the water. I grew up on Puget Sound, fell in love with my husband while sailing in the San Juans, and then moved with him to Olympia where he manages a marina. We raised our children sailing the southern waters of the sound and all of them have embraced the sights, smells and sounds that are unique to our area. For these reasons, I am personally invested in this painting. It brings me joy and reminds me of what is important in my life.

Contact: falknbrg@comcast.net


Jemma Bossio - Butterfly KaleidoscopeArtist: Jemma Bossio

Title: Butterfly Kaleidoscope

Original Medium: Felt-tip Marker

Location: Union Ave & Eastside St

I chose to draw butterflies because they are pretty. Butterflies are one of the best parts of being outside and I love seeing them when I visit the park. My butterflies are very colorful because my favorite colors are all colors of the rainbow! Butterflies are an important part of nature because they are pollinators. That means that butterflies help keep Olympia beautiful!

I named my picture "Butterfly Kaleidoscope" because that is the name for a group of butterflies. At first, I thought "Butterfly Flock", but I have learned that different animals have different names when they are in a big group. So, my mom and I researched. We learned that a group of butterflies is called a kaleidoscope, swarm, or rabble. And for this picture, butterfly kaleidoscope sounded the best.

Contact: gretchenbossio@yahoo.com


Steve Scheibe - WellspringsArtist: Steve Scheibe

Title: Wellsprings

Original Medium: Dye-painted Silk

Location: Boulevard Rd & 18th Ave

Created in dye-painted silk, Wellsprings celebrates the City of Olympia’s abundant waters as a visual metaphor of her arts community. Our waters and our arts shape, enhance, and revitalize our beautiful city.

In Wellsprings, I employed imagery of our water source--McAllister Wellfields Artesian Springs. Colorful dyes migrating through silk formed exquisite patterns and textures within the composition. The resulting vibrant waters and stones are recognizable even at a passing glance. Yet the artwork also contains many visual “treasures” to discover when viewed more closely.

Contact: steve@visibleinvisible.com


Laurel Henn - From the DeepArtist: Laurel Henn

Title: From the Deep

Original Medium: Acrylic Painting

Location: Martin Way & Kasey Keller Dr

Laurel Henn is a Printmaker and Painter based out of Olympia, Wa. She uses her art to tell stories. Her stories are sometimes based off the Puget Sound region, and other times her stories derive from the most basic human experience. In this particular painting "From the Deep" she is telling a story of how close we are to a world unlike our own. Laurel has spent her share of time on the water, enough to appreciate the power it wields, and the life it provides. It's a place where our most pleasurable dreams float and out worst nightmares fester. This painting was executed in the summer of 2015 when she was deep in the trenches of being a new mom and grasping at what use to be her life. Painting a small piece at a time, during nap hours, she was able reconnect with her passion of art and reaffirm her role as a human, not just a mom. After completing this piece laurel kept stride and painted a dozen more Puget Sound inspired images. By the beginning of 2016 she joined Splash Gallery and found her way back to her studio on a regular basis. She is an active printmaker and painter with Splash and continues her quest to tell stories with art.

Contact: laurelsart@icloud.com


Artist: Joan Hitchcock

Title: Mt St Helens Sunrise

Original Medium: Dye on Silk

Location: Martin Way & Sleater Kinney Rd

My Art Work is inspired by nature and color. I like to take the shapes and colors of elements we see every day and create pieces that run the gamut - from representational interpretations, to pieces that are more whimsical or abstract in style.

Painting silk with steam set dye is my favorite media at the moment. I love the intensity and luminosity that is achieved with silk as your surface.

The inspiration for my submission was derived by my participation in an art tour located along the highway to the Mt St Helens observatories. Each artist was asked to create a piece depicting some aspect of Mt St Helens. The original image was taken by a friend from the vantage point of her home on Seminary Hill in Centralia. It was a foggy overcast day, but created a great image with lots of detail of the craggy mountain top. I had seen other images of the mountains with a brilliant sunrise and decided to combine my friends’ image and the colors of a sunrise into “Mt St Helens Sunrise”.

Contact: djhitchcock@comcast.net