Untimely Loss - Vicki Hoffman
had the unique gift of viewing everything through a lens of positivity.
There was not a person, organization or object in which she
did not see "potential".
Together we labored countless hours locating, rescuing and reviving materials which could be repurposed for our students' art lessons.
We scoured school district surplus sales from Tacoma to Everett, dividing up our loot to take to the schools who needed them most.
was the one bold enough to believe our kids could try fusing glass in the classrooms - which led to our roadtrips to Portland where we could purchase glass wholesale and stretch our budgets.
made these excursions fun and our successes were triumphant.
We spent hours in tiny kiln rooms firing student art projects after hours and on weekends so that each child would be able to create a keepsake for years to come.
Many a student (and prospective adult art docent) started a conversation saying "I'm not good at art" - Vicki
would just laugh and disagree - and say "we're just playing" - and lure them into a world of creativity.
That was her
special gift - she
lured you in and made you see your own "potential".
It is a lesson we can all learn, take a chance, see where it leads and have fun along the way.
I will miss her
dearly. - Cyn Baumert
was a ray of sunshine in my life..11 years ago we began our journey together in the world of Art Docent.
was my mentor and inspiration!
I could always share ideas with Vick and know that my lesson plans would come out fabulous!
was instrumental in helping me get the program started when Grand Ridge Elementary opened 7 years ago.
is a legend in our community and will always live on through her
dedication in making our world a more colorful place to be!!
There are not enough words to describe Vicki
heart for children, whether it was being an ISF
Voice mentor, or hosting a party that raised funds for ISF, or whether she
was involved in distributing every sign that went up for either the bond and levy campaigns, or for ISF's All in for Kids campaigns.
was involved at Tiger Mountain
, Echo Glen
, Issaquah Food Bank
, Issaquah Middle School
, Issaquah High School, Issaquah Community Network
, just to name a few.
lived in half a lifetime what would take the rest of us to live in five life times.
made it her
business to not only expose as many people, young and old, to art, but to share the joy of creating art and art pieces.
was perpetually positive, didn't give in to fits of badmouthing and was professionally gracious and fun loving. -Lacey Leigh
was a gem in our community.
Vicki was my first art docent trainer and she was so inspirational and enthusiastic.
wore many hats - but all of them showed that she
was caring and passionate about the kids in our community.
is a shining example of using your passion to make the world a better place. -Kim Foster
My connection to Vicki
was through the Art Docent program, but she
is someone I ran into year after year and she
was always an inspiration.
I can't believe I spent ten minutes catching up with her
at Barnes & Noble's only two weeks ago, and now she
I don't know her
family, but I can only imagine how many people she
has touched over the years.