By Kyle Jillson | December 5 2011 14:20

Students lend brush and time from the Alaskan tundra

Alaskan high school students show off their art for NRA Fundraising project

Last year Friends of NRA started the Master Piece puzzle fundraiser where a piece of art is cut into many small jigsaw pieces and painted by different individuals before being reassembled for auction at a Friends event.

Senior Event Services Coordinator Nicole McMahon recently wrote a story about the Mat-Su Friends of NRA committee putting a unique twist on the process.

Colony High School MasterPiece

What better way to appreciate history then to paint it yourself?

Art students at Colony High School in Palmer, Alaska painted their way into history with the Friends of NRA Master Piece Puzzle Fundraiser, which features scenes from some of America’s most celebrated events. Only 800 Master Piece Puzzles were produced and the Alaska State Friends of NRA decided to take its puzzle and team up with Colony High’s Mrs. Mann’s and Ms. Franco’s AP, Art Studio, and Photo as Art students in the exciting fundraising initiative.

After a successful day of selling raffle tickets over the fourth of July weekend, Lori Hamann, chairwoman of the Mat-Su Friends of NRA, and members of the Alaska State Friends of NRA committee, were brainstorming places to put their Master Piece Puzzle after it was finished. Although the state banquet was four months away, the volunteers never stop thinking of ways to raise money for their cause—the future of the shooting sports in Alaska. Hamann felt the Master Piece Puzzle needed to be where people could see and appreciate it, such as a business office or school.

“I started thinking about the school idea and called the art teacher I know from Colony High School,” said Hamann. “We talked about having the art students paint it for us and when it was done, donate the Master Piece Puzzle back to the school.”

Hamann received approval from the school and in September, headed over to the high school to give students ample time to paint their puzzle pieces prior to the banquet in October. Even though students were not allowed to see the final product, they were anxiously waiting to put the puzzle together as they were completing their pieces.

Hamann decided to give in to the students’ curiosity and one week prior to the banquet, she and Marc Steinke, NRA Field Rep for Alaska, packed up the coordinating large giclee of the puzzle along with donuts and juice and went back to the school.


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