Harriet Minton Strand

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Harriet Minton Strand, noted artist
and arts educator, passed away August
27, 2018 in San Juan Capistrano, California
due to complications of a lung
infection. She was 93.
In 1968, Harriet helped found the
Foothills Art Center in Golden and
served on the board of directors, becoming
its president and chief executive
officer. The Strand family lived
in Golden 14 years before moving to
Evergreen.
Harriet was instrumental in founding
the Evergreen Recreation District and
Center and served on its board. Active
in the community as an artist and participating
in athletics, she and her husband,
Owen, and two children lived in
Evergreen for over three decades.
Creativity, inventiveness, and a
gentle grace defined her life.
Born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
January 21, 1925, Harriet was the
youngest of three children. Her parents
were Harvey Lee Minton and Harriet
Patrick Minton. Her grandparents
were original pioneers of Oklahoma
Territory.
The family moved to Milwaukee,
Wisconsin where Harriet attended
grade school through high school.
After attending two years at Occidental
College in Pasadena,
California during
WWII, she transferred
to the University of Wisconsin
at Madison.
She married decorated
veteran flier Lt. Col.
Otto H. Peterson in 1946
and lived in Minneapolis,
MN. After many
heroic exploits in WWII,
her husband "Pete"
was killed on a routine
National guard training
flight that exploded in
1949.
Newly widowed,
Harriet returned to the university to
complete a Bachelor of Arts degree. In
1951, she married Owen Strand, a law
student and veteran of the Army Air
Corp in WWII. Owen's B-24 was shot
down following a bombing run over
Germany and he was held as a POW for
10 months.
After the war Owen entered the insurance
business and owned his own
agency in Denver, Colorado. Owen
passed away in 2003. The couple was
married 52 years.
Harriet enjoyed a life-long passion for
sports as a spectator and participant.
She was a golf and tennis
champion in high
school, college and as
an adult in Golden and
later in Evergreen.
With classic features and a refined, elegant beauty, Harriet modeled professionally. She taught modeling and make-up classes. She also traveled throughout the west as a puppeteer, performing with her children.
Harriet taught art in public and private schools in Denver and maintained art studios from which she created several businesses, one involving Scandinavian designs for the Norwegian Museum in Madison, Wisconsin.
She became an award-winning
printmaker, working with collage,
lithography, etching and serigraphy
and was highly accomplished in
sculpture, weaving, jewelry, and other
art mediums. Her art was included in
numerous national museum exhibitions
and in distinguished juried and
group shows around the country. She
is listed in Two Thousand Women of
Achievement, Who's Who of American
Women, and the Dictionary of International
Biography. A distinct honor
was inclusion of her serigraph print
in the 140th Annual Exhibition at the
National Academy of Design in NY.
Harriet's family was constantly
amazed by her inquisitive, fun-loving
nature and creativity. An active mind
combined with a pioneering, adventurous,
can-do spirit, led to many
achievements. With this overflow of
gifts, she was caring, thoughtful, kind,
wise, and supportive. Adding to these
was a mischievous sense of humor and
a love of pranks. "Hattie" was known
to point out the funny side of life,
clipping her favorite cartoons to share
with others.
Harriet is survived by her son Robin
Strand; daughter Sally Strand Ellis;
sister, Cosette Lang, 97, Wisconsin;
and four grandchildren, Kate and Lily
Strand, Sam and Nate Ellis, all living in
Southern California.
A memorial service will be held
Saturday, October 27, 2018 at Church
By the Sea, Laguna Beach, California.
Memorial contributions may be made
to the or the
American Heart Society.
Published in Colorado Community Newspapers from Oct. 18 to Nov. 17, 2018
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