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Gig Harbor business frames artwork for US Open

A Gig Harbor business is taking advantage of the opportunities involved with setting up the upcoming U.S. Open at Chambers Bay. A while back, members of the United States Golf Association’s merchandising team stopped in Bill Fogarty’s Water Edge Gallery and Framing shop on Pioneer Way, and the two parties worked out a deal for Fogarty to frame 80 pieces of art for the U.S. Open.

The Chambers Bay artwork, done by various artists and photographers, range in size from 16 x 20 to 24 x 36, and will be on sale during the U.S. Open, in a 41,000-square-foot tent on the golf course’s grounds. In total, half a million items will be for sale in the tent.

Working with the USGA gave Fogarty a greater appreciation for the massive scope and size of setting up the U.S. Open, he said.

“It’s a class outfit,” Fogarty said. “Just the operational side of it is incredible. They’ve got a city running there. Danny Sink, who’s running it, won’t be out of here till October, (working) to bring the course back to its original condition. It’s a massive undertaking.”

Additionally, Waters Edge is selling Chambers Bay and Gig Harbor posters, created by local artist John Fosberg, for $25.

“It’s beautiful artwork,” Fogarty said. “We’ve got about 20 different local artists on the wall.”

Fogarty is excited for the U.S. Open, even if his personal golf game isn’t quite where he’d like it to be at this point.

“I just played golf (on Monday),” Fogarty said. “I’m a hacker; I shoot about 100. It takes practice. I think it’ll be interesting. (None of the pros) can say they like the course yet. They’re saying it’s challenging.”