As I look around my community and see all that were devastated by 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 re-building their lives. My intent was not to make people sad, but rather to remind them of how far they have come since June of 2011.
Images and headlines and stories from the Minot Daily News were used to create the letters HOPE, all while telling the story of that time in Minot's history. HEALS is presented on the bottom...a sign that we are moving forward and healing day by day.
In an effort to bring businesses together and raise some funds, I placed this piece on a traveling exhibit and I hope to raise some money for our Roosevelt Park Zoo. I am not tied to the zoo in any way, but it is just a place in Minot that my family loves. We really miss the zoo and my kids miss the animals, so hopefully this is a small way I can help in their rebuilding process. Any business that would like to display HOPE HEALS for one month is asked to make a contribution in honor of HOPE HEALS to the Roosevelt Park Zoo, with the suggested amount of $500.
HOPE HEALS has been on display at Sweet and Flour Patisserie in Minot, Jost Masonry and Construction in Burlington, Kelly Chiropractic in Minot. These businesses were all damaged by the flood themselves, yet they are still willing to make a donation in honor of this piece. In February and March, the artwork was at Minot State University in the bookstore display window.
Currently, you will find HOPE HEALS on display at Town and Country Credit Union's main branch in Minot.
If you or your business would like to help out and display this piece of art, please contact me at 701.240.4478. This is a mixed media acrylic on canvas, size 4 feet x 5 feet.
At the end of the traveling exhibit, the original canvas will be auctioned and become a permanent installation.