Nel's Airline (After My Grandson Nels Surtani)

Artwork

Identifier:
2016.15.45
Artist:
Rick Schaafsma
Medium:
Mixed Media
Dimensions:
Artworks - Height: 7 in Width: 16 in Depth: 13 in
Description:
A wooden airplane made out of a large painted container decorated with various toys and trinkets.
Historical Context:
Rick Schaafsma is a retired police officer who served on the streets of Grand Rapids from the late 60s through the mid-90s. Using the pen name "ARCH" taken from his high-arched basketball shot, Schaafsma draws a range of fanciful figures, including his "CopToons” with the hope that children will look at police officers in a positive light beginning at an early age. “I always looked at it when I was a police officer: I may not be able to change a lot of things I may not be able to do a lot of things but I can chip away at it and make some improvements when I’m on my beat, when I interact with people” In addition to his art, Schaafsma works with Seeds of Promise, a non-profit with a mission to empower people to increase their prosperity through improving the neighborhoods they live in.
Credit:
Gift of Rick Schaafsma
Location Notes:
GVSU Storage; Section 03D; Box 045