Museum News (February 19, 2024)

Published 02/19/2024

Joy of Painting class produces happy painters! Bill Ashmore (Logan) poses with his painting after attending class at the Hansen Museum on Sunday, February 18th.

You never know who is going to visit the Museum. Last week we had a very wonderful surprise. The wife of the architect who designed the Hansen Memorial Plaza and Museum, Richard Anschutz, made a point to stop in Logan on her way home to Colorado from Kansas City. Gerry Anschutz and her daughter Sue spent several hours viewing and regaling us with their memories of Richard. According to Gerry, Richard always had a vision for the building to have a flat roof, but the Hansen Trustees were not convinced. After numerous submissions, Richard finally offered the single-story quadrant design, and it was the winner. According to wife and daughter, Richard always considered the Hansen Memorial Plaza and Museum the pinnacle of his career. They were more than pleased with the love and care with which Richard’s crowing achievement has received through the years.

Over the weekend, the Museum hosted Joy of Painting classes with a new instructor, Amber May of Aurora, Colorado. Saturday’s class painted “Western Expanse” a lovely depiction of a stream with mountains in the distance, and Sunday’s class tackled “Mountains at Sunrise” a beautiful view of a mountain sunrise. Students in Saturday’s class used their palette knife to create their paintings and Sunday’s crew used a combination of brushes and the palette knife. The Museum will host another Joy of Painting weekend in April with instructor Hope Blakely.

The 47th Annual High School Art Show is receiving wonderful attention from area visitors. Family, friends, and community support for these young artists has been extraordinarily strong this year. When students bring their families in to see their art hanging in the gallery they beam with pride. This show is always a highlight. On view through Sunday, February 25th, there is still time to see the incredible work of these young artists.

Have you ever seen a Scottish Highland cow? Let me tell you they are the cutest bovine! Artist of the Month, Jill Hanson, has fun Scottish Highland cattle t-shirts and sweatshirts available for purchase with her display of delicious beef sticks. Jill raises all-natural beef without hormones or antibiotics and the beef sticks are 100% beef—no fillers or pork added. The beef sticks are sold individually or in bundles. Come in today to check out Jill’s delicious and cute offerings.

Keep up to date with Museum happenings by following the Museum Facebook page. The Museum is open Mon. through Fri. 9-12 and 1-4; Sat. 9-12 & 1-5; Sun. and holidays 1-5. We are closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. We are handicapped accessible, and admission is always free thanks to the generous support of the Dane G. Hansen Foundation. For more information or if you have questions, please contact us at 785-689-4846. We hope to see you at the Museum!