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November 1, 2007
Family keeping son's art dream alive through foundation
By Jason Brubaker
jbrubaker@communitypress.com
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Andrew Mistler Foundation

The foundation provides a scholarship to one Dixie senior each year who is continuing in art after high school. They also provide funding to the arts department at Dixie Heights. For more information about the foundation, or to make a donation, send an e-mail to mgmistler@fuse.net.

EDGEWOOD - The paintings that hang in the Dixie Heights High School art gallery are more than just artwork to Greg and Michele Mistler.

The Mistler's recently held a reception in the gallery to show the paintings that adorned the Kenton County Golf Course for the first ever Andrew Mistler Golf Outing.

Named after their son, who died in a 2004 car accident, the outing helped to raise funds for the Andrew Mistler Foundation, which works with the art department at Dixie Heights to provide a scholarship for a student continuing in the arts program after graduation.

"When we were going through some of Andy's things after his death, we found a lot of artwork and writings that he had done," explained Greg. "now I don't know if he would have become an artist or if it was just a hobby, but we felt it was important to keep that dream alive in other students."

The artwork, which was displayed at each hole in lieu of the typical "Hold Sponsored By" signs, was done by students currently in the art department at Dixie.

"We thought it would be a neat way to make the golf outing more unique, and the students did a great job," said Greg. "I just gave them the list of sponsors, and they let the creative juices flow."

 

 

One of the more interesting pieces, done by Max LeClerc is a colorful painting for F.N. Sheppard & co., who manufacture conveyer belts. The piece shows a 1940's - style pin-up model with her dress subtly caught in a conveyer belt.

"I knew I wanted to do a challenging business -- one that nobody wanted to do," said LeClerc, who actually painted two pieces for the outing. "I kind of had an idea for what I wanted, and once I got started, it just came to me. It was a neat project."

The Foundation was started soon after Andy's accident, which occurred just weeks before he would have been a senior at Dixie. Although the Mistler's originally intended just to fund it themselves, they decided to expand it when friends and family members began making donations as well.

In addition to the golf outing, they held a reception at St. Barbara Church, where guests enjoyed food and drinks, as well as an auction. Greg said any money leftover after awarding the scholarship would go toward the art department at Dixie to help with supplies.

"We've been so grateful for all the support we've received for this--it's amazing." said Greg. "I know Andy would approve of what we're doing, and it's helped us in the grieving process to know that this is helping other students. We're just happy to be able to do this, and we hope it continues."