For the past few years the Forks Old Fashioned 4th of July committee has reached out to Olympic Corrections Center inmates for the design of the button for the annual event. This year OCC had two entries for art work for fourth of July 2018. The designs were sent to the fourthth of July committee and both were amazing and one was selected.
It was drawn by an OCC inmate named Donald Gilbrech. Gilbrech was released from OCC on March 8. He shared a few words for the fourth of July Committee regarding his design.
“Hello my name is Donald S. Gilbrech a 49-year-old welder and art student from Spokane, Washington. My mother, Wendy Denman, was the influence that got me started drawing. In the near future I plan to attend The Oregon College of Arts and Crafts in Portland, Oregon with a pursuit of a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.”
“For the design I used the Bald Eagle and American flag to connect the Long Live America theme you were looking for with a silhouette of the Western Hemlocks to show case the beauty and industry of the region. The fireworks display in the night sky to represent the freedom and independence of our great nation.”
“I hope the people in and around the community of Forks enjoys my artwork. It would be an honor to be chosen as the button of your 4th of July Celebration this year.”