Chris Bates's reaction to the Aurora theater shooting last summer was one shared by countless other Coloradans. "I felt this really strong urge that I had to do something," says the Fort Collins artist.
But Bates was initially at a loss as to what. After listening to a talk about "art's ability to heal the world," he says the idea came to him: He'd contact the families of the deceased victims and offer to make them a custom drawing of their loved one. The girlfriend of eighteen-year-old A.J. Boik was immediately interested.More »