Monthly Archives: September 2015

Intersections of style: traffic cabinets getting artsy makeover

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“Salmon Woman” by Amy Burnett. Copyrighted image.

Traffic cabinets — those metal boxes that house the brains of an intersection signal — aren’t typically known for their style. But in Bremerton, they’re about to get some flash.

The city’s arts commission has selected the first two murals that will grace one traffic cabinet at 11th Street and High Avenue and another at Sixth Street and Washington Avenue. The cabinets, prone to graffiti and grit, will be beautified under a plan proposed by Mayor Patty Lent.

The first, seen above, is “Salmon Woman” by longtime Bremerton resident, proprietor and artist Amy Burnett. It will cover the cabinet at 6th and Washington.

The second, seen below, is by artist Joshua Fisher and is entitled “Pulchraphila — Beautiful Places.”

Both artists were honored at Wednesday night’s City Council meeting.

“If we want children to grow up and be involved in our cities, you have to have places worth caring for,” Fisher said of his piece.

The arts commission, which selected the art, was resurrected earlier this year by the mayor after a nearly four year hiatus due to lack of funding.

If you had a desire to design your own, fear not — there’s close to 40 traffic cabinets around the city. The commission welcomes submissions. Though their funding is limited the mayor hopes to continue the program and place designs over many cabinets in Bremerton. Cost per cabinet is about $1,800.

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“Pulchraphila — Beautiful Places” by Joshua Fisher.  Copyrighted image.

In the works: Mosque planned at old Kitsap Bank building


Muslims in Bremerton and Kitsap County have long commuted to places of worship in Tacoma and other Puget Sound communities. But a permanent home locally is now at hand, with the Islamic Center of Kitsap County‘s purchase of the old Kitsap Bank building on Marine Drive.

The building, which had been on the market for $269,000, sold in mid-August.

The Islamic Center made a video in July asking for donations to its GoFundMe account, which you can watch here. The center has raised more than $14,000 for the mosque. Its families have been working to convert the old bank into a masjid, or place of worship.

“We the muslims of Kitsap County have been living in Bremerton, WA for 20 years,” the GoFundMe page explains. “There are about 10 muslim families living here currently and the community is growing. With no masjid in the community, we currently commute about 60 miles or more to the closest masjid for Friday prayers and Ramadan.”

You may recall that for a time, the center met at Unity Church in Manette, according to a Kitsap Sun story by Rachel Pritchett from 2008.

I plan on following developments and writing a feature for the Kitsap Sun when the building improvements are completed and the mosque opens.