Nona Hengen’s talents run on parallel tracks. As an artist, her interpretive canvases feature eastern Washington subject matters and scenery and are widely known through reproductions as posters and giclees. Nona has been featured in Wheat Life magazine, a trade journal of the grain industry in the Pacific Northwest, since 1993 as a contributing editor and writes about controversial issues such as grass burning and loss of farm land to urban development, about concepts such as parity, and numerous articles about the history of the Pacific Northwest.
As a 10-year old, she wrote an uncle that she wanted someday to be an artist. That dream was shelved—there were no art schools in the region, so she followed her mother and uncle into a career in education. She taught school, as they had, and when sputnik shocked the nation into using television to win the race for space, she was hired by the Spokane School District to teach German because it was the language of science, and educators believed science would be the key to winning the race to put a man on the moon.
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