OC art students beautify West Bremerton with mural project

BREMERTON — Bremerton is a little brighter, thanks to a vibrant new mural painted by Olympic College students.

The mural adorns a wall near Juice and Java on the corner of Sixth Street and Veneta Avenue in West Bremerton. It was painted by students in Deanna Pindell’s Art 120 — Public art mural painting class.

“This class is an incredible opportunity for students to gain real world experience by working with a client in the community to design and ultimately install a mural,” said Marie Weichman, OC art teacher. “It’s an opportunity for Olympic College to partner with a local business to beautify our community.”

Olympic College, in partnership with Juice and Java and the Union Hill Neighborhood Association, will host an opening celebration 4:15-6 p.m., June 14, at Juice and Java, 1502 Sixth St., Bremerton. Bremerton Mayor Patty Lent will be on hand to participate in a ribbon cutting.

This is the second mural completed by Art 120 students. In 2016, they painted a wall near Toro Lounge on Pacific Avenue. The class requires students to work collaboratively in the classroom and in the field. An actual client in the community is identified, whose property is then painted.

In addition to creating the mural, students study the history of murals and how murals can contribute to the livability of neighborhoods. These students learn collaborative problem-solving skills and teamwork, as well as creative design. The class is appropriate for students in many fields where mural programs can benefit a community: juvenile rehabilitation, educational institutions, civic summer jobs programs, social workers with marginalized populations, and many others.

The celebratory event is free and open to the public. Food and refreshments will be served.

This fall, the OC art program moves into its new home in the college’s newest building, the College Instruction Center. It replaces the current building, which was built in the 1960s.