Emily Dyck, right, recently donated art canvas and stretcher frames to the Canadian Mennonite University School of Music and the Arts so young Winnipeg children like Nik Gockel can pursue artistic dreams that her husband Jacob never realized. "Jacob always enjoyed art, and even took art classes when he was younger," says Emily of her husband. "But then he entered medical school and became a doctor." Jacob, a member of Bethel Mennonite Church in Winnipeg, now lives in a personal care home due to a stroke. The canvas and frames were given to the Dycks by a relative, but were never used by Jacob. When a move to a condominium required downsizing, Emily tried to think of the best place to donate the items. For Arlene Kroeker, who directs the CMU school, the donation is very welcome. "I really appreciate the gift," she says. "It's a unique opportunity for the children to get a feel for what it's like to paint on canvas." The first groups to use the canvas and frames were the Grades 2-4 and 5-8 acrylic painting classes taught by Winnipeg artist Tanya Olfert.
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