Former President Bush turns to painting for healing









NBC News reports:

The president commented along with the photo that, “Over the past several months, I’ve painted the portraits of 98 wounded warriors I’ve gotten to know – remarkable men and women who were injured carrying out my orders.”

One of the oft commented on aspects of President Bush’s personality has always been his concern and worry over the men and women who were put in harm’s way because of choices and orders he gave. This project is a lovely and fitting tribute from a Commander-in-Chief to his men and women who served under him.

The portraits will be a part of a book and exhibit called Portraits of Courage coming in 2017, with proceeds going to The Bush Center and the Bush’s Military Service Initiative.

Artist Express- After school art program at Kakiat Elementary School is underway!

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So today was a great start for the program!!

The kids loved experimenting with their new “sketchbooks” and promised to work on them during the week.

The director, Max, was very happy to have us in the classroom once again. He was extremely happy with all the donations we received, not only for the artist Express program, but also for the classroom. The volunteers really enjoyed interacting with the kids and assisting them in making their newly made “sketchbooks.”

Additional volunteers are always welcome to come assist on Wednesday afternoons from 4:15-5:15pm.

Contest/Call for Artwork, image inspired by the American flag (for use during the Induction Ceremony) – Art related activity/contest

Artists throughout history have turned to the American Flag as a source of visual inspiration.  From Jasper Johns and Barbara Kruger, to Dave Cole and graffiti artists, the American flag is a powerful point of inspiration.
Now it’s your turn.
During the Art Honor Society Induction this year, I would like to project a student work of, including or inspired by the American Flag.
Anyone interested in submitting a work for consideration for this honor, please do so by April 10.  Works can be photographed and emailed to Mrs. Diamond at