November 27, 2022

Artist with a comic twist

Despite very tight timing from the time that the sculpture arrived via train and the cement pedestal constructed to Gardner's specification, the Gardner family succeeded to have the sculpture installed with mere hours to spare before the slated day — Grandparents Day — for the official unveiling. There, Marlene Sturm, PTA President, presented Norman Gardner with a certificate of appreciation, before a crowd of parents, grandparents, students and administrators, including Gerry Elgarten, the school principal. After this ceremony, the school enjoyed a reception inside the gate, hosted by the Gardner-Tiemann family.

Norman Gardner with his daughter, Valerie Gardner, who was the moving force behind the Hausner sculpture project.