Through the Artist’s Eye: The Holmaas Collection of Historic Renderings

Gig Harbor residents, John and Carole Holmaas, have loaned their private collection of historic artworks to the Harbor History Museum.

The is launching its new exhibit, "Through the Artist's Eye: The Holmaas Collection of Historic Renderings", this Friday, Dec. 9. This is the private collection of historic renderings belonging to John and Carole Holmaas.

Over the past four decades, John and Carole have commissioned these works annually for their holiday cards. 

"As lifetime Peninsula residents, and as early as our first years of married life we recognized we had a strong affinity both for the community and for the history of the area," said John and Carole Holmaas. "Originally we collected old photos ourselves, later relying on the Museum collection. As real estate brokers we found we had Gig Harbor clients who were talented artists. We asked them to recreate the scene in the photo through their eyes."

"In the exhibit, the historic photograph selected by John and Carole will be positioned next to the finished artwork. Visitors can compare the “original” with the historic rendering to see what the artist chose to include or exclude," wrote Harbor History Museum on its website.

The Holmaas' enjoy their collection both at work and at home, and now you will have the chance to enjoy it as well, on exhibit at the Harbor History Museum Dec. 9- Jan. 22.


Tuesday - Sunday, 10 a.m. - 5p.m. (Closed Christmas Day)


Members: Free
Adults: $6
Youth 7-17: $4
Children 6 and under: Free
Miltary/Seniors (65+): $5

Information courtesy of City of Gig Harbor.


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