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Belfair artist creates designs for Anderson Hill overpass

Belfair artist Joanne Tejeda created these designs for the Anderson Hill overpass mural project. - Courtesy graphics
Belfair artist Joanne Tejeda created these designs for the Anderson Hill overpass mural project.
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A bear, salmon and orcas will soon decorate the Anderson Hill overpass in Silverdale.

The two Central Kitsap teens who spearheaded the Anderson Hill overpass painting project found an artist and now have a design to paint on the structure.

With assistance from Clear Creek Task Force Co-Chair Tex Lewis, Victoria Cartwright and Laura Fedorko enlisted the help of Joanne Tejeda, of Belfair, who has created a few murals in Belfair.

Tejeda created the Anderson Hill overpass design using a “clean air, clean water” theme. The north side of the overpass will feature a bear and salmon while the south side highlights the water aspect of the design with orcas.

“Victoria and I knew we wanted to do something with the orca because it’s kind of a big thing for the area from the last time they were here,” Fedorko said.

“The girls had a pretty good idea of how they wanted it to turn out and (Tejeda) did a pretty good job of capturing it,” Lewis added.

Fedorko said Tejeda is “very excited” about helping out with the Anderson Hill overpass project. Fedorko added that she and Cartwright were “so amazed” with her design and cannot wait to start painting.

“We’re very, very pleased. It turned out great,” Fedorko said. “We’re just very grateful to Joanne for helping us out.”

Fedorko and Lewis met with Tejeda and the other artists helping with the painting project Tuesday and plan to have a rough sketch drawn on the overpass within a month. Central Kitsap High School art teacher Judy Sorrels and Patricia Peat, with the Kitsap County Historical Society, also are working on the mural project.

Fedorko said they showed the design to Navy personnel, including Naval Base Kitsap commander Capt. Mark Olson, and they loved it. The Navy owns the railroad trestle running atop the overpass.

“We’ve had lots and lots of support from the community,” Fedorko said.

She said she believes the public will like the design and be pleased with the final outcome.

“I think they’re going to be pleased with it,” she said. “We’re happy people will appreciate that.”

Lewis said they are still working with Kitsap County Public Works to figure out when they can close one or both lanes of that section of Anderson Hill Road to draw the sketch and eventually paint the overpass.

Fedorko added that the painting timeline depends largely on the weather.

Fedorko said many people have shown interest in volunteering their time to paint the overpass, including many of the teens’ Central Kitsap High School classmates.

Lewis said painting the Anderson Hill overpass is a huge project and he doesn’t think he would have set out to complete a task this large when he was a teenager.

“The more we get on this thing, the more I’ve got to take my hat off to these young women,” Lewis said. “It’s a big project.”

Fedorko said they are thankful for the outpouring of community support from individuals and local businesses.

“We’re just moving forward and we’re just really grateful for the help we’ve gotten so far,” Fedorko said.

The Anderson Hill overpass painting team still needs supplies including paint, brushes, rollers, trash bags and milk jugs. The team also is looking for businesses who would be willing to donate food to feed the volunteers.

For more information on how to volunteer or donate supplies or money to the Anderson Hill overpass project, e-mail overpassproject@gmail.com.

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