Artist Video Spotlight – Sculptor Honors Hero

There are people from all walks of life that have great ideas and great talent but fail to have the drive and determination to put those virtues into action.  La Veta Artist Joan Hanley is definitely not one of those people.

Just over a year ago, Joan was inspired by the incredible story of Doris Tracy and today the ambitious project to build a monument for the local hero is nearing completion.  It was on a wing and a prayer that Doris jumped into a flight suite during WWII and on a wing and a prayer that Joan began sculpting an ideology, that “dreams can come true”.

Doris Tracy was one of only 1000 or so women who served in the war as Women Air-Force Service Pilots (W.A.S.P.).  Tracy, along with the other W.A.S.P.’s, was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal shortly before her death last year.  Joan’s life-sized monument will be located next to the museum and library in Doris’ hometown, La Veta, Colorado.

Joan is not new to sculpture and the art of building monuments.  Decades of experience precede this project and from that experience she decided to involve experts, each step of the way.  Recently, Joan employed Carla Knight of Loveland Colorado to produce the mold for the project.  Carla is the master mold maker who made the mold Glenna Goodacre’s Vietnam Women’s Memorial located in Washington D.C.

Tammy an I became engaged in Joan’s project when local real estate broker Eric Bachman ( hired us to do a local interest video for his website.  With that video, the door was opened and we were hired by Joan to produce the video shown above to raise awareness of the project and to assist her with her money raising efforts.  I hope that you will take the time to watch the short video and pass this post on to anyone who may be willing and able to make a tax deductible contribution to help pay for this worthy cause.

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