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My Hometown: Olympia, Washington

When Andrew Poultridge arrived in this capital city, he was instantly attracted to the bustling arts scene and community spirit. Two decades later he and wife Noelle Nordstrom have passed on that passion to kids Madeline, 12, and Abe, 15.

By Krista Myerhoff

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Chambers Block, Olympia, WA
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Our downtown is historic and several of its buildings, like those on Chambers Block, date back to the 1880s. At Sherburne Antiques & Fine Art I browse old maps of the area from the 19th century. The kids stop in Matter Gallery to check out one-of-a-kind sculptures made from recycled materials like bowling balls, pencil erasers, and bottle caps.

Abe's a budding artist and his talent hasn't gone unnoticed. Last fall the owner of Eastside Big Tom, a drive-thru burger joint, saw his work on a nearby building and asked Abe and his friend to decorate a wall next to the seating area. The boys spent three weeks painting and the result was a mural featuring space cats and a hungry alien—strange-sounding but hilarious!

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