Longtime Grand Islanders may remember two outstanding graduates from Grand Island High School in the late 1960s, Terry Klaaren and Dori Hartman. Many remember their organizing, designing and painting of the large mural opposite the post office done a few years ago. Dori died tragically over a year ago, and Terry has poured out his grief and love into creating a tribute to her in a large, mural in Tampa, Florida, where they have enjoyed decades of their strong marriage.
Lee Tetkowski, retired art teacher, visited Tampa recently, and made sure to connect with Terry. It was a very special encounter at the site of the mural. Tetkowski and Lyn Laman are among the women included, who were strong influences on Dori’s art career.
On Saturday, March 8, a special day was featured to celebrate Dori’s life at “Dorfest” at 20412th St. and Washington in Channelside, Tampa. The mural was dedicated on that day, and music and memories were part of the event, which includes a month-long exhibit of Dori’s art inside the building.