PUBLISHED IN THE LAKE COUNTY LEADER JUNE 3, 2010
The late Ken Hansen, who distinguished himself as an award winning Polson artist, must have had the local library in mind when he painted “Resting Place.” It depicts a young woman who has abandoned her bike in favor of reclining on what is certainly a Flathead Lake beach to read a book.
After Ken passed away last year, it became clear to his widow, Adell, that the only remaining large print of his stunning painting belongs at Polson City Library. This week she donated it in Ken’s memory.
Jackie Gran, chairperson of the Polson City Library Board of Trustees, accepted the painting on the library’s behalf. “We thank Adell for her generosity in donating this wonderful image to our library. Ken’s painting of ‘Resting Place’ will remind library visitors for many generations of the joy of reading.” The painting will hang in a place of honor in the library.
In addition to the framed print, Adell has also promised to allow Polson City Library to create greeting cards and other items using the same artwork. These will be an ongoing fundraiser for the library in the future.
Adell Hansen has been a longtime library supporter. She has served on the Board of Trustees and is a member of Friends of the Library. She and her husband moved to Polson in 1978, when Ken retired from his profession as a dentist and turned his attention to watercolor painting.