Bluewater Artworks opens Jan. 13

Bluewater Artworks and Gallery is holding its grand opening Saturday, Jan. 14 on Front St. - Megan Stephenson / Herald
Bluewater Artworks and Gallery is holding its grand opening Saturday, Jan. 14 on Front St.
— image credit: Megan Stephenson / Herald

POULSBO — The transformation of the Nilsen Appliance Center is complete and the remodeled space will be celebrated Friday with a ribbon cutting for Bluewater Artworks Gallery and Framing.

The ribbon cutting is scheduled for Jan. 13 at 5:15 p.m., 18961 Front St.

Bluewater is owned by Christy and Russ Camerer, specializing in high-tech framing.

The building was remodeled after Nilsen Appliance consolidated operations to Silverdale. It was left vacant for more than four years.

Before building their business in Poulsbo, the Camerers looked at Bremerton, but could not find a price or fit for their business idea. Camerer contacted the Mentor Company, owners of the building.

Christy Camerer said “We needed a town that supported the arts. There is a great future to be had here.”

Mentor said Bluewater will fill about two-thirds of the street level retail space closest to the corner of Front Street and King Harald Vei. The remaining 1200 square feet will be ready for another tenant.

The building’s exterior was also redone by Poulsbo resident and sign painter Bill Austin. Austin refreshed the building’s gazebo mural, which was originally created at the request of Linda Nilsen circa 1987.

Jean Whipple, a woven wheat artist and member of the nearby Verksted co-op gallery for over 15 years, views the arrival of Bluewater Artworks as a valuable addition to downtown that will offer tourists more options.

The gallery will celebrate its grand opening tomorrow, Jan. 14, from 2-8 p.m. with refreshments and entertainment. Featured artists will be available from 5-8 p.m. during the Poulsbo Art Walk.


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