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Transforming graffiti into art

Central Kitsap Junior High School students Laura Fedorko (left) and Victoria Cartwright hope to paint the Anderson Hill overpass.  - Photo by Rachel Brant
Central Kitsap Junior High School students Laura Fedorko (left) and Victoria Cartwright hope to paint the Anderson Hill overpass.
— image credit: Photo by Rachel Brant

Victoria Cartwright is tired of seeing the graffiti-covered Anderson Hill overpass while driving to and from her home.

“It is really unattractive,” Cartwright said. “It’s full of graffiti and not very pretty.”

With the help of classmate Laura Fedorko, the Central Kitsap Junior High student hopes to paint the Anderson Hill overpass.

“An overpass in Belfair is kind of where we got the idea,” she said.

With the assistance of friends and teachers, Cartwright and Fedorko plan to paint nature scenes featuring local wildlife. The spring setting will include mountains, eagles, bears, salmon, whales, trees, deer and the state flower, the rhododendron.

“We have ideas, we just need to put them on paper better,” Fedorko said.

Cartwright and Fedorko began planning the project in August. They mailed a letter to a United States Navy captain to ask permission to paint the overpass. The Anderson Hill overpass is operated by the Navy as part of Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor. Cartwright and Fedorko recently received his response.

The students must obtain a sponsor to paint the overpass. A sponsor is needed to cover the material costs of the project. All painting participants must be insured to work at the site and Kitsap County will help block roads and obtain flaggers to ensure the painters’ safety. The Navy and Puget Sound and Pacific Railroad have offered to help find painting volunteers.

Cartwright and Fedorko have volunteers ready to paint, but need a sponsor to help pay for the project.

“We want to get the word out to the community,” Fedorko said.

Cartwright and Fedorko hope to find a sponsor and begin painting the overpass in the summer or fall.

“Once we have all of the supplies, we hope it’ll go pretty quickly,” Fedorko said.

Those interested in sponsoring the Anderson Hill overpass painting project, please e-mail climbervic@wavecable.com.

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