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Jeff Woodley wins Viking Fest logo contest, $1,000

The 2014 Viking Fest logo was designed by Jeff Woodley of Northwest College of Art & Design.  - Jeff Woodley
The 2014 Viking Fest logo was designed by Jeff Woodley of Northwest College of Art & Design.
— image credit: Jeff Woodley

POULSBO — The 2014 Viking Fest logo was designed by Jeff Woodley, a student at Northwest College of Art & Design.

The logo topped all other entries to win Woodley the Barbara Krell Memorial Scholarship, worth $1,000.

The scholarship is sponsored by the Viking Fest Corporation of Poulsbo as a memorial to Krell, a long-time volunteer with the committee. She assisted the corporation in sponsoring the celebration of Poulsbo’s Norwegian heritage each May and, thereby, raising funds for scholarships for graduating high school seniors from the area.

According to the corporation: “Barbara was a talented amateur artist and an active member of the Poulsbo Artists’ League, serving as the league’s historian at the time of her death.

“She found great pleasure in instilling children with an understanding and a love of art, serving for many years as an art docent at Breidablik Elementary School, near Poulsbo. She also sang in her church’s contemporary choir, taught in its religious education program, tutored for the Literacy Council of Kitsap County, and helped raise funds for breast cancer research.

“Barbara loved the outdoors, especially the Olympic Mountains and the Grand Canyon ... Scenes from her hikes in the Olympic Mountains and the Grand Canyon were frequent subjects of her art.”

Woodley is the son of Theresa and Frank Rush  of Olympia and Gene Woodley of Rochester. He graduated in 1995 from Capital High School. He is a senior at Northwest College of Art & Design.

“I would like to become an independent or freelance artist, but I also would like to work for a graphic design company ... I’m still learning what my potential is,” he wrote in a bio submitted with his entry.

Of the college, he wrote, “The teachers are all working professionals in their fields and accomplished artists. It’s a real advantage that they know what they are talking about when it comes to what you need to be successful after you graduate and start your career. They teach not just the technical skills, but professional ones as well, such as promotion, marketing and networking to establish business relationships.”

He also likes Poulsbo.

“I love that Poulsbo has a strong sense of heritage, and that its heritage is so visible and alive. I think that Poulsbo is a wonderful part of the culture of the Great Northwest.”

Viking Fest, a celebration of Poulsbo’s Scandinavian heritage, is May 16-18.

Above: From left, Jeff Woodley's Viking Fest logo design won the Barbara Krell Memorial Scholarship, worth $1,000. Presenting the scholarship is Ron Krell. — Submitted photo

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