NWC Students dedicate calendar to late art teacher

Students in the Northwest College Photo Seminar class have created a 2016 calendar of some of their best photograph and have dedicated it as a celebration of the life of Donna Mann. Mann was a longtime Powell painting teacher and the calendar is meant to "continue her desire to help others learn an art form," NWC said in a release. The students spent their fall semester capturing calendar images to inspire the artist in anyone in memory of the woman who inspired so many local residents to create their own art. In addition to 12 large prints (some of which include Heart Mountain, flaming fall foliage, riversides and even a tender moment between a mother moose and her young), each month also features a small inset image. More than 50 student photos were submitted for consideration in the calendar. They were juried by Rowene Weems, director/curator at the Homesteader Museum, and Daniel Baney, NWC public relations photography specialist. Vicki Olson, Mann’s daughter, is one of the student photographers whose work graces several pages of the calendar. She said her mother started teaching painting in Powell in the 1980s through community education classes and later opened her own studio. Her hallmark was exploration, a practice she was faithful to until her death in December 2014. “My mother saw inspiration in everything. It kept her young. Even at age 83, she enjoyed teaching a zentangle class for Powell Valley Community Education where she introduced a new drawing method to a dozen students; many were half her age," Olson said. Half of all calendar proceeds will go to the Donna Mann Memorial Scholarship for Sophomore Photography and Art at Northwest College. Read more here . *Photo from the calendar h/t NWC* #reboot #news