Minot State raises funds for 'HOPE HEALS'
During February, "HOPE HEALS," a 4-by-5 mixed media commemorative painting created by Candace Brekke, will be displayed in the Minot State University Bookstore. Brekke, MSU alumna and graphic arts adjunct, painted the traveling exhibit for the first anniversary of the 2011 Mouse River Flood, as a fundraiser for Roosevelt Park Zoo. Teresa Loftesness, marketing director, volunteered to coordinate the campus-wide effort.
Minot State students, staff, faculty and friends may donate to the project by sending checks to Teresa Loftesnes, Marketing Office, Student Center 309 by Feb. 28. Checks should be made out to Greater Minot Zoological Society, with a notation to "HOPE HEALS."
"As I looked around my community and saw all the devastation from the 2011 flood, I felt the need to give encouragement and inspiration through art. So many people in Minot and the surrounding area have come so far in rebuilding their lives. My intent was not to make people sad, but rather to remind them of how far they have come since June 2011," Brekke said.
Brekke used acrylics and graphics. Minot Daily News headlines, images, photos and stories compose the word "HOPE," to tell the story of a monumental event in the region's history. "HEALS" is smaller and toward the bottom as a sign the city and region is progressing and healing.
The artwork was displayed at Visit Minot, the convention and visitor's center, during the Summer of Hope event in June 2012. HOPE HEALS has also been on display at Sweet and Flour Patisserie and Kelly Chiropractic in Minot and Jost Masonry and Construction in Burlington. Brekke hopes other area businesses will display HOPE HEALS into next fall. At the end of the traveling exhibit, the original canvas will be auctioned and become a permanent installation.
For more information about this ongoing event, contact Brekke at 240-4478 or visit www.candacebrekke.com/p/the-story-of-hope-heals.html.