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 Home & Garden magazine each issue — subscribe to the print version to see all of what we have to offer!

Internationally Known Sculptor Mardie Rees

Internationally Known Sculptor Mardie Rees

Enter the brightly lit studio of Gig Harbor artist Mardie Rees and you might find her working on a larger-than-life sculpture honoring the founder of a Canadian school, a World War II memorial to U. S. Marine Raiders or some other high-profile commission. … read more

Earth Day 2018

How to Celebrate Earth Day like You Mean It

An estimated 1 billion people in nearly 200 countries take part through civic and political action events on Earth Day, April 22. This movement started in 1970 with Gaylord Nelson, a senator and former Wisconsin governor, whose efforts also contributed to the creation … read more

And so it begins.

People on the Walls

Magic of sorts — the delightfully unexpected — happens as life seems to pause once in a while to say, “Have you tried this?” And we did. It was called the PaintPeopleProject. Some 20 professional fine artists and photographers, not all knowing one … read more

Rob Milroy

Unsung Hero — Rob Milroy

Volunteer Mentor and Board Chair, Communities In Schools...

Rob Milroy started volunteering in the local community after moving to Gig Harbor about six years ago. A Peninsula High School assistant soccer coach, he’s especially passionate about education — which is why, perhaps, he delivers snacks for after-school programs as part of … read more

Several kittens that were up for adoption

Making a Difference — Kitsap Humane Society

More than 60 percent of the households in Kitsap County have a pet, and for the past 25 years, the Kitsap Humane Society has delivered compassionate, individualized care to the animals that come through the doors each year for adoption. For the last … read more

Digital movie making with iPad kits at the Bremerton Branch of Kitsap Regional Library (Photo courtesy Megan Burton)

Libraries Evolve to Keep Up with New Tech

As ingrained into American culture as apple pie, public libraries have been, in the words of Franklin D. Roosevelt, “the great symbols of the freedom of the mind.” Embedded into their communities, they became not just an institution that multiple generations have relied … read more

Peninsula Hands On Art

Hands On Art Celebrates Kids’ Creative Spirits

Back in 2003, Gig Harbor resident Marla Morgan decided that she wanted her kids to have art classes in their school. The children were students at Harbor Heights Middle School in Gig Harbor and Morgan was active in the school’s PTA. Suspecting that … read more

Local artist gallery on MV Chimacum

The Floating Art Galleries of the Washington State Ferries

It’s easy to bypass the artwork. For regular ferry riders, it can blend into the gestalt of a daily commute on the Washington State Ferries. And yet each of the 23 current ferries in the system is a floating art gallery — a … read more

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