“As I was painting I was thinking, Wow, Im doing something(to help). I kept thinking of all the people who fought to make the loss less for the rest of us. It was great to be able to give back to them and their families.” Nicole Hoffman, Running Start student, Buckley
Though she doesnt consider herself an “art person,” Nicole Hoffman certainly spent a lot of time with paint on her fingers this fall. Hoffman was part of the Intro to Art class at Pierce College Puyallup that painted an entire van with patriotic motifs. The van project was a fund-raiser for the firefighters relief fund in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
“I did a little bit of everything,” she said. “I was on four or five committees, but I ended up doing a lot of painting.”
The Running Start student from Buckley said the art class ended up taking more time than any of her other classes, but she has no regrets.
“It was definitely and adventure. I learned how a project like this gets done and how many streams have to come together to make it work from certificates to how to get the work done.”
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Chas Rawlings brought his talents to the vanagon project for all the right reasons.
“I never really did anything (after the terrorist attacks) and this was my way of helping out. I thought this would be a good place to put my effort” since the sale of the patriotically painted van will benefit the Twin Towers Firefighters fund.
Rawlings is in another of instructor Elizabeth Sorensens art classes at Pierce College Puyallup, but the Sumner High School graduate joined the Intro to Art class to help with the detail work on the van.
“This was an extra big project,” he smiled. “Ive done one mural before but this took a lot of time.”
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“Elizabeth (Sorensen, instructor) had this great attitude from the beginning,” said Ericka Lindstrom, a nursing student in Sorensens Intro to Art class at Pierce College Puyallup. “She helped us keep our confidence up.”
Between Sept. 25 and Nov. 23, Sorensen and her class did an amazing amount of work. In addition to the regular academic work of the Intro to Art class, the 35 students and Sorensen procured a donated VW van, got it in good mechanical shape, designed a patriotic motif, HAND-painted the entire van and unveiled it at the South Hill Mall in Puyallup. The sale of the vehicle is to benefit the Twin Towers Firefighters fund.
“All these little things, like the windshield getting broken and where we were going to work that was a toughie but it all just came together,” Lindstrom said. “(Sorensen) was just so sure it would all work out.”
Lindstrom was grateful for the opportunity to work on the van project.
“I didnt know anyone (affected by the terrorist attacks) and I felt helpless to help. I went to donate blood, but they didnt really need it. This was just awesome.”