Former students hold memorial for late Mandan art teacher
MANDAN, N.D. (AP) — Students and friends in North Dakota are planning a memorial and auction to mark the life of a longtime art teacher who died last year.
Diane Boschee, 70, died in November after battling cancer for several years. Nicknamed “The Queen of Flash and Trash,” Boschee taught art education at Mandan High School from 1974 to 2001, the Bismarck Tribune reported .
“She was pretty much legend status around here,” said John Gieser, the current art teacher and a 1998 graduate of the school.
Gieser and other loved ones will hold a memorial and art sale for Boschee at the school Saturday. Pieces of her own artwork and personal collections will be sold at the school and online, with half the proceeds going to the school’s art department.
Boschee received more than 80 cards while in hospice care, many of them from students, said Bill Schmidt, her brother. Schmidt donated more than $2,400 worth of Boschee’s art supplies to Mandan High School after she died, sparking the idea for the memorial and auction.
“We really don’t want the memorial and auction to be a sorrowful thing,” Gieser said. “We should celebrate her life as opposed to anything else.”
Gieser said Boschee was his inspiration to become an art teacher, and that he tries to embody her spirit as much as possible.
“They are large shoes to fill, but I still do certain kinds of projects, units or artwork that we used to do when I was here,” he said. “So I feel like her spirit still lives, it’s just a little bit different now.”
Information from: Bismarck Tribune, http://www.bismarcktribune.com