Little Norway’s best kept secret won’t be a secret for long. But that’s okay with Sandy Church. For years, the quiet owner of Liberty Bay Auto has been amassing an enormous collection of A. Phimister Proctor art, not for his own edification, but to remember the talents of his grandfather.
Later this month, Church will share his secret treasurers with North Kitsap and the world as he opens the doors of his Proctor Museum in an effort to raise awareness and money to save even more of this nation’s aging treasurers — its outdoor sculptures.
Church has been working diligently to this end for years and the fruits of his labor will soon be known.
The bronzes, the plasters, molds, sketches and documents that will be on display are just the tip of the iceberg.
The museum represents commitment. It represents a connection to the past. Church knows this.
He also knows that people like his late-grandfather were — and are — few in number.
Later this month, he joins up Heritage Preservation and the Smithsonian American Art Museum to promote the Save Outdoor Sculpture exhibit.
Later this month, thousands if not millions of people will learn about a small town in Kitsap County called Poulsbo.
We applaud Church’s efforts to preserve the past for future generations. The museum is quite an accomplishment and promotes all that is good in our society.
It also shows that not all secrets should be kept among one or two individuals.Some secrets are just too big for such constraints and should be shouted to the masses.
This is what Church has done through his quiet perseverance and as a result his “secret” has been instrumental in bringing about change for the better.