Bethel Artist Dana Benz on a Mission to Bring Joy to Grieving Families Through Art

Bethel Artist Dana Benz on a Mission to Bring Joy to Grieving Families Through Art


Drawing of Emilie Parker by local 23-year-old Bethel artist Dana Benz.

On 12/14/12, Sandy Hook Elementary School lost 20 children, 5 teachers and a beloved principal in a horrific tragedy. Twenty-three year old Bethel Artist Dana Benz is on a mission to bring joy to grieving families through her artwork. Dana said she is in the process of drawing each victim as a tribute to their families after this senseless tragedy. To date she has drawn Emilie Parker, Dylan Hockley and Olivia Engel. Below is her tribute to Olivia.


Beautiful Olivia, 

Your sudden death has shaken us to the core. We love you and will remember you always. You may not be here physically but your soul is alive and well, resting in God’s loving arms.


Dana’s goal is to draw all 26 children and adults who passed away at Sandy Hook Elementary School and give the drawings to the families.

Below is her tribute to 6-year-old Dylan Hockley, who was also a member of Dana’s church, Walnut Hill Community Church. On Friday December 21, 2012 at 1:00 PM, the Walnut Hill Community Church, 156 Walnut Hill Rd., Bethel, will hold a  memorial service for Dylan which is open to the public. Dana plans on giving Dylan’s family the drawing at the service.

In the wake of the horrific tragedy, Dana has found a way to bring healing through her artwork and has partnered with the Sandy Hook Arts Center, a non-profit organization who will bring art therapy, music therapy and pet therapy to the Newtown community.

For more information or to donate to the fund, please click here.


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Posted on December 21, 2012, in Arts & Entertainment, Home, Life, Local, The Bees Knees, Volunteers, Volunteers and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. ugh. this is creepy. she’s not doing it to raise money, she’s doing it to brag, that’s all she did at a downtown venue last week; brag nonstop to everyone she could see.

    i hope she has the parents’ permission.

    unfortunately a few yrs back she tried to pass off all her portraits on facebook as being her own when in fact some of them were done by another artist who found out and outed her.

    her drawings aren’t that good to begin with.

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