The North face of the House as completed by Craig and Zann Jacobrown
The North face of the House as completed by Craig and Zann Jacobrown

I have been a volunteer for the Kitsap County Parks Departments Stewardship Program for many years. I have helped build and maintain trails, assisted with land acquisition fundraising campaigns (sometimes creating and operating giant parade puppets) and now Zann, Jonah and I together with a large group of volunteers have created a mural for the North Kitsap Heritage Park entrance barn.

I have experience producing and teaching the traditional NW Coastal caligraphic art form so when the Suquamish Tribe was able to offer a seed grant to initiate this mural project I was ready to create a very local design. I felt the best use of my ‘stewardship’ time would be to contribute even more hours to promote the aesthetic heritage of this Kitsap County land as well as the frogs of the pond at the park entrance.

I relate deeply to the Frog. I run, I jump from one world to the next and I hope to evolve and transform as I travel from the realm of emotions to the realm of ideas and back. Also, ever since Ed Carriere has invited Jonah and I to join his family canoe, he has insured me that if his family had a crest symbol, he feels an affinity to the Frog Spirit.

Maybe this can help expose more of us to the beautiful North West Frog. Join us for the dedication ceremony in January. Check out the step by step ‘making of’ slide show!


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  4. Melvin,
    I would be happy speak at length about this Mural and any others I have produced. The Egg sack on the right is full of thousands of little beings. The pollywogs that begin to form and become multicellular beings swim in one large sweep to the left and culminate in a larger closer Frog that has landed and is making one last jump to capture and ingest the dragonfly, the small insect that is the largest and closest creature in the far left foreground.
    The composition also describes the evolution not only of the Frog species but the evolution of an artform indigenous to the Northwest Coastal Native Americans, an art form that I have immersed my self within and blossomed with it’s evolution and rejuvenation. The shapes and form lines organize themselves in relation to each other to create new and more complex beings. If you look close you can count many many beings. We are like the Frog, we are evolving.

  5. Eleanor,
    I noticed that you live near me and you might even be familiar with the mural here outside of Kingston in Kitsap County (even as you are selling dog CBD)
    So I will attempt once again to explain… indeed the artform indigenous to our Northwest Coastal first Peoples is complex. The art form is like a form of calligraphy. Many cultures across the globe developed calligraphic art forms. Calligraphy results when a people use a brush to communicate ideas. Gothic English, Arabic and Hebrew writers used calligraphy to write their language with a brush…with a tapered line. Chinese Kanji, Japanese Sumi and NW Coastal form line art use a tapered line to make representational art that can, at the same time, tell a story. Egg, Pollywog, Frog tells a story with representation and shapes that can tell a story when arranged together (like calligraphic words). You have to ‘read’ this Mural.

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  7. I’m not aware of online forums but I would recommend that you read any books that you can locate on the subject of North West Coast Native American Art. The specific focus is ‘formline’ design. Bill Holm wrote an important book called ‘NW Coast Native Art; an analysis of form’. This Mural follows the Salish aesthetic.

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    check out the Performance tab on ‘The Maskery’ website

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