Harriet Minton Strand (1925 - 2018)

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Noted artist and arts educator Harriet Minton Strand passed away Aug. 27, 2018, in San Juan Capistrano, Calif., due to complications of a lung infection. She was 93.
Harriet was a founding member of the Evergreen Recreation District and Center and was on the board of directors. Active in the community as an artist and participating in athletics, she and her husband, Owen, raised their family and lived on Upper Bear Creek for more than three decades.
The Canyon Courier ran a profile article in 1968 authored by Evergreen historian Mary Helen Crain on Harriet's life and art career. Harriet was a founding member of the Foothills Art Center in Golden in 1968, served on the board of directors, and became its president and chief executive officer. Both these community organizations are still flourishing 50 years later.
Creativity, inventiveness and a gentle grace defined her life.
Born in Oklahoma City, Okla., on Jan. 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, Wis., where Harriet attended grade school through high school. After attending two years at Occidental College in Pasadena, Calif., during World War II, 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, Minn. After many heroic exploits in World War II, 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 Corps in World War II. 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. Owen passed away in 2003. The couple were 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 for many years in Minneapolis, Milwaukee and Denver. She taught modeling and make-up classes. She also traveled throughout the West as a professional puppeteer, performing with her children.
Harriet taught art in public and private schools, and maintained professional art studios from which she created several businesses, one involving Scandinavian designs for the Norwegian Museum in Madison, Wis.
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 many 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 New York in 1965.
Harriet's family was constantly amazed by her inquisitive 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.
Grandma Harriet is survived by her son Robin Strand; a daughter Sally Strand Ellis; her sister, Cosette Lang, 97 years old of Appleton, Wis.; and four grandchildren, Kate and Lily Strand, and Sam and Nate Ellis, all living in Southern California.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018, in Laguna Beach, Calif. Memorial contributions may be made to the or the .

Published in Canyon Courier on Oct. 10, 2018
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