People & Places

West Sound has an incredible number of talented artists, interesting people, fascinating places and popular destinations. We love to share their stories with our readers. These articles are only a sample of what we have in WestSound Magazine each issue — subscribe to the print version to see all of what we have to offer!

Gary Jackson with eagle. This photo appeared in the fall 2009 issue of WestSound Home & Garden magazine's "An Art-full Weekend" — a feature about the Gig Harbor Open Studio Tour. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the event was canceled for 2020, which would've marked the 28th year of the tour. (Photo courtesy Charlee Glock-Jackson, 2007)

From Stainless Steel and Bronze to Inspired Art

Dedicated in March 2019, Ancich Waterfront Park in downtown Gig Harbor is both a remembrance of the town’s pioneering Ancich family and a dedication to the commercial fishing boats that shaped much of the community’s history. The park’s landscaping plan included public artwork … read more

Poulsbo

Downtown Poulsbo — The Norway of the Pacific Northwest

Norwegian fishermen sailed into Liberty Bay in the late 1800s and began the creation of the city of Poulsbo, which some still call “the Norway of the Pacific Northwest.” Incorporated in 1907, Poulsbo is now a city of 10,000 residents and has one … read more

Flic en Flac beach
Travel Bug

Magical Mauritius — Hidden Gem of the Indian Ocean

In the Indian Ocean southeast of the continent of Africa, some 1,200 miles off the coast, lies the idyllic volcanic island of Mauritius. A hidden gem of lush and beautiful beaches, excellent year-around weather and diverse cultural life. Logistics Most visitors will arrive … read more

Project Isolation

‘Project Isolation:’ Behind Glass

Amy Burnett's window exhibition reflects current times

Amy Burnett sees opportunities where others don’t and therein lies her creativity. She was busily clearing out her art gallery and Pyrex museum where she had created and connected with her beloved Bremerton when the pandemic lockdown came in March. Burnett went home … read more

Dr. Cole performing procedures on Kelle Kitchel-Cooper

Noninvasive Technology Makes You Look Younger

As COVID-19 forced many people to work virtually, it became apparent that video conferencing was here to stay. But many people worry about how they appear on video. That’s exactly how 50-year-old Kelle Kitchel-Cooper felt. She became increasingly self-conscious about her appearance on … read more

James Nybo

Wood Sculpture Inspired by Movement and Energy

It starts with a piece of wood — often a very big piece. Big, as in a 10-foot-long log or a huge slab of Western red cedar, Douglas fir, big leaf maple, or perhaps even a large chunk of cherry, black walnut or … read more

Allyn

Allyn — A Waterfront Community on Puget Sound

Any West Sound resident who has ever driven west to the ocean beaches has probably passed through the community of Allyn. This quaint, small town on Highway 3 is located on the North Bay of Case Inlet on Puget Sound. Driving through Belfair, … read more

Cary Bozeman

Unsung Hero — Cary Bozeman

Bozeman Group founder and Port of Bremerton Commissioner

Cary Bozeman’s career of service goes back decades. The former mayor of Bremerton and Bellevue has contributed to numerous nonprofit organizations and community projects. Currently a commissioner with the Port of Bremerton, Bozeman is also a board member of Kitsap Humane Society and … read more

Chiumbi Gorilla Lodge
Travel Bug

The Mountain Gorillas of Uganda — A Trek of a Lifetime

The mountains of Uganda and Congo bring to mind Hollywood stories like “King Kong” and “Gorillas in the Mist.” Known as the impenetrable jungle, this region makes trekking through dangerous and impossible without a guide. The 1988 film about the life of conservationist … read more

Pony Up Rescue for Equines
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