Vinyl art wraps dot downtown Sequim
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Barbara Hanna
Artist Katelin Ghormley, right, watches as Matt Bailey of Bailey Signs & Graphics in Port Angeles installs her designed vinyl wrap at a city utility box at the corner of Third Avenue and Washington Street on Wednesday.

By Joe Smillie
Peninsula Daily News

SEQUIM –– Children in footed pajamas create their dream vision of the Dungeness Valley in the city's newest piece of public art.

A vinyl version of Sequim artist Katelin Ghormley's fantastical creation “I Dream of Sequim” was wrapped around the utility box at the intersection of Third Avenue and Washington Street on Wednesday afternoon as part of the city's centennial celebration.

“I wanted something that would really highlight what kids bring to our community,” Ghormley said. “So I made the kids create their own landscape for Sequim.”

Garbed in multicolored sleepwear, the children are featured riding salmon, flying through the air to blow wind over the valley and re-creating one of the city's founding legends.

“Since it's kids creating the valley, I thought they might as well make it a dreamscape,” Ghormley said.

In one part of the scene, a red-PJ'd child paints “Seguin” on the city's welcome sign. Another child dressed as a postman is pictured changing it to “Sequim.”

Ghormley said she wanted to re-create a story she heard in which the city's name was changed from Seguin to Sequim by a postmaster in its early days.

The vinyl wrap was installed on the box by Matt Bailey from Bailey Signs & Graphics in Port Angeles.

Second wrap

In May, another wrap designed by Jamestown S'Klallam totem designer Dale Faustich was wrapped around the utility box at the corner of Sequim Avenue and Washington Street.

The wraps are intended to tell the history of the Dungeness Valley's people, places and culture. Sponsors help pay for the installation cost.

Faustich's wrap was sponsored by the tribe, while Ghormley's was sponsored by the city, according to Barbara Hanna, the city's communications and marketing director.

Sponsorship of the wraps costs $1,500, with $500 going to the artist and the remainder for the vinyl printing and installation.

The city has one more wrap designed but needs a sponsor for the installation.

Hanna said the city also would like to do at least two in addition to that one.

Those interested should contact Hanna at City Hall, 152 W. Cedar St.; by phone at 360-681-4322; or by email at bhanna@sequimwa.gov.

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Sequim-Dungeness Valley Editor Joe Smillie can be reached at 360-681-2390, ext. 5052, or at jsmillie@peninsuladailynews.com.

Last modified: July 18. 2013 5:59PM
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