School History Walls

The La Conner Schools History Wall 2016

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The wall runs 60 feet down the main entrance of the Middle School. It is available for viewing between 8:30 to 4:00 weekdays.

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Doors, slate chalkboards and desks were salvaged from old schools and repurposed in the installation.

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The original auditorium seats were mounted on a stage created out of old gym floor and used in the historical wall as part of the framework for the piece.

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Forty collages were created digitally by photographing old ledgers, photographs and maps to create a timeline of the schools.

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Each decade was honored, showcasing the events of the times; both at the school and in the community.

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Historical research spanned the newspapers archives and the museums records of happenings in the schools and town.

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Anacortes Schools History Wall 2018

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The wall is located in the common area of the high school is over a thousand square feet.

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The wall uses vintage postcards and photographs to tell the story of education in Anacortes. All were digitally altered and enlarged.

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An alcove is set into the center of the wall and includes a sculpture created out of globes, a ships wheel, tools and vintage typewriters, set against the backdrop of images and a promotional map from 1890.

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The Arts exploded on the scene in the 1960's and have become a defining value for the town. This wall honors student art and the programs that support them.

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Collages were created using vintage photographs, school ledgers and immigration papers. They were digitally altered and printed with postcards sharing the story.

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Traditions continue in Anacortes with many finding their origins back nearly a hundred years. The collages share those stories and tie the past with the present traditions that students experience today.

More Collages from the wall

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Sea Hawk Pride.

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Fidalgo Road with Poem

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The Rhododendron Yearbook

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Island Transportation

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Early days in Woods hop class; 1917 boys built their own building and in later years a fishing boat.

Mary Bridge Children's Hospital

The Salish Sea Murals

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Two thirty foot murals were created for the pediatric floors at Mary Bridge in Tacoma.

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They were created out of acrylic paint and collaged paper. The final panels were varnished so that they could be regularly cleaned.

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Details were added for children to find. A coloring book was also created for pediatric patients to use during their hospital stays.

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I collaborate with the design teams, working in color palettes that compliment the space.

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The original sketches are done in colored pencil and then recreated in a larger scale on the panels.

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Wildlife native to the Salish Sea were showcased and tucked into the murals for children to discover.

Skagit Valley Hospital; Kincaid Lobby, Mount Vernon

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This installation is four Guardians framed in shadow boxes; each represents a theme selected by the Art committee for the hospital.

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The materials used for the figures were collected in the Skagit Valley area and  were repurposed in the design of the sculptures.

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The figures are not covered so that the viewer can really see the parts used. They have remained untouched for over 10 years.

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A vintage stethoscope and tiny medicine bottles were repurposed and wired together to create a garland on one of the figures.

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Layers of hearts and hands were used on one of the pieces called "Compassion."

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Skagit Valley, known for it's farmlands and fertile soil is honored with vintage seed packets and a rake from a local farm.

Peace Health; Tree of Life Mural 2019

Emergency Room Installation

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Flower Detail

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Collaged Birds

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Ferry boat with flags

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Old City Hall

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Collaged Bird

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Teaching Art Projects in the Public Schools

Carl Cozier Mural

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Roosevelt Mural

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Fairhaven Middle School

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Collaborative Self portraits

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Whatcom Middle School

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Geneva Mural Project

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