For those of you who don’t know…my dear friend, and owner of Blaines Art Supply, and my wonderful boss, Rene Haag, passed away on June 24th, after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. She was the most positive, bravest, kindest, giving, generous, loving person and was so loved and respected by so many in the community. She devoted 30 years to Blaines Art Supply, giving us high quality art supplies and most of all a place for us to meet as a community of artists and friends. She was always eager to help anyone, especially small businesses. Rene was the one who encouraged me to become a CZT and asked me to work at Blaines Art. I especially loved teaching Zentangle® Workshops on Saturdays because she was there, usually in her office, and she always had time to chat. She meant so much to me and I miss her! To read more about Rene visit: www.blainesart.com and www.facebook.com/blainesart
A “Celebration of Life” for Rene will be held at First United Methodist Church 725 West 9th Avenue on July 22nd at 2:00pm. Donations may be made to The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. Preferred florist is Hummel’s Flowers.
P.S. Please give Blaines Art’s staff big hugs! They all need to know they are loved and appreciated! ❤
Rene at her 30th year Anniversary at Blaines Art
Here I am at Blaines Art showing my “Alaskan Stuffies” (a long time ago). I stayed up all night sewing!
One year at the Blaines Art–“Make it & Take it” Event, we donated our truck and the “Spray Paint Class” gave our old truck a MAKEOVER! Jake loved that truck and proudly drove it for years! And of course on the sides it says “Blaines Art”.
One of my most favorite photos of Rene & Dave, Jake & me! We always had so much fun!!
Blaines Art Supply is the only art store in Anchorage. It’s a beautiful store with every art supply you can imagine. Rene started there as the manager and eventually bought the business and later built this brand new gorgeous store. The store will continue on and I will continue to teach Zentangle® at Blaines Art and celebrate Rene’s life!
2 responses to “Rene, Friendship, and Blaines Art Supply”
Beautifully said. Rene’s death is a tremendous loss for all of us who knew her, but for those really close to her, the loss is truly devastating. To keep on keeping on is the finest tribute to love I can think of. It speaks to love that never dies even when parted by death for awhile like friends on distant shores who, when they meet again, pick right up where they left off. God bless you and keep you safe. Love, Allene
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Thank you Allene ❤️