SOLOMON –– Pieces of teal junk has been turned into a work of art and will help a woman with ties to the Solomon school fight ovarian cancer.
Solomon School District art teacher Alicia Firstbook-Stott began working on her teal and turquoise “Junk of the heART” project after Julie Wallace was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in October.
Alicia came to know Mark and Julie Wallace through their daughters Brooke and Sierra.
Brooke is a senior at Solomon High School. Sierra Wallace was also a student of Stotts and now attends Baker University.
“Throughout my years of teaching at Solomon and having the girls in class, I also got to know their wonderful parents Mark and Julie Wallace,” Stott said. “They have always been so supportive of their girls, as well as with their endeavors in the arts.”
Julie Wallace is now halfway through her chemotherapy treatments.
“Julie has kept her smile and positive attitude throughout the treatments with the help from her family and friends. Her cancer cell numbers have dropped throughout the treatments,” Stott said.
Because Stott was close to the Wallace sisters, she decided to do something special for Julie Wallace. She decided to make a “Junk of the heART” using pieces of tuquoise/teal junk. Ovarian cancer is represented by that color.
“I put the word out that I needed ‘junk’ and pretty soon I had enough junk to create my piece,” she said.
The “Junk of the heart” is now on the auction block.
Stott will donate the proceeds of the auction to the Wallace family.
Bidding has started at $25, and bidding will continue through the evening of Tuesday, Feb. 19, which is Senior Night at Solomon High School.
To bid on this piece interested persons can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org, call her at school at 785-655-2551, or check out her artist page on facebook-Alicia Firstbrook-Stott.