Since retiring as an art instructor at Aquinas High School in La Crosse, Donna (Gerke) Cuta ’70 has been using her artistic talents on several projects in the local area.
Her work includes the large sea horses at two city pools and the blue dancers sculpture at the Pump House, a regional arts center. She has been involved with the Pump House for years, giving one-person shows and painting the patterns on the theater walls. This spring she helped judge the high school art show.
“This was just a great experience, seeing the passion for art in the eyes of the students was inspirational,” Cuta said. “That has me fired up to help at whatever I can do to make the programs evolve into a great art space for the city.”
This summer and fall she will be teaching batik and offering classes for a parent and child to take together and have fun.
“It is a joy to see people interested in creating and expressing themselves through art,” she said. “There are many of us artists out there trying to make a difference.”