A Magical Art Show Opening and Wish Come True
The following post was submitted by Angie Lord, Make A Wish® North Dakota Board Chair and Logan’s Wish Granter:
As Henri Matisse surmised, “creativity takes courage.” So, too, does living with cystic fibrosis. Courage was on display in full force last Saturday night at APT, at the opening of Logan Hahn’s art show, Reflections. And with the opening, enjoyed by a packed house of family, friends, and community, Logan’s Wish was granted!
I had the pleasure of meeting Logan, her younger sister Aftyn, and her parents through my work with Make A Wish® North Dakota. By serving on the Board of Directors for several years, and currently as Board Chair, I’ve long known the benefits that Make A Wish® brings to children with life-threatening medical conditions and their families, but Logan’s Wish was my first as a Wish Granter, a volunteer who works with other wish granters in identifying a child’s true wish.
With poise beyond her years, Logan is an 11-year-old living with cystic fibrosis, a genetic medical condition that requires extensive treatment every day to keep her lungs functioning. For as long as she can remember, she has used art as an escape most often during her treatment, for years drawing and sketching while listening to classical music to find calm. Several months ago, around Logan’s Grandpa’s dining room table alongside family and wish granters, Logan’s Wish was sparked – to have an art show for her family and friends showcasing her art and raising awareness about cystic fibrosis and funds for medical research with her Great Grandpa as a guest of honor.
It can take a village to make a child’s Wish come true; we were on a quest to make Logan’s art show “the real deal.” Artists were invited to cultivate her skills. My son’s art teacher at Oak Grove Elementary School, Vanessa Fettig, gave guidance on “the basics,” and other artists, including Barbara Nagle, Chelsea Odden, and Thaddeus Laugisch, then followed suit, sharing their insight with this blossoming artist throughout the Summer. Logan was prolific in her creations; what she accomplished in just a few months is absolutely stunning.
Last Saturday evening, welcomed into the gallery space by the music of Silver Winds flute ensemble, Deb Haarsager, Erika Tomten, and Peggy Hammerling, and the cheers of her family, friends, and community, Logan greeted her guests with jubilance in celebration of her Wish Day. Guests were captivated by Logan’s Artist’s Statement; marveled at her artwork, guided by the brochure created by Jeff Knight that featured all Logan’s works and their prices; sampled the festive hors d’oeuvres catered by Deb’s Corner Foods & Catering; and celebrated under the colorful display of origami lovingly folded by Logan’s sister, Aftyn.
Special thanks to Make A Wish® North Dakota’s Wish Coordinator, Betsy King-Voigt, and fellow wish granters Sam Stults and Billie Kellar, and Make A Wish® volunteers for putting their hearts into Logan’s Wish; and to The Arts Partnership, APT, Kilbourne Group, Cereal, and Office Sign Company for their part in making Logan’s Wish come true.
Another artist, Salvador Dali, once said, “A true artist is not one who is inspired, but one who inspires others.” By all accounts, Logan is a true artist, inspiring others in her art and in giving back. With her Wish, Logan not only wanted to create art, she also wanted to raise awareness and funds for cystic fibrosis medical research, donating all proceeds for her sold-out show and a piece entitled “Cure Found” to MN Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, North Dakota’s chapter. Congratulations, Logan, on your Wish come true! It was a magical night that will keep on giving.