Years after losing track of an art project that she made in college, a local resident found the piece of work at the Salvation Army thrift store in Rolla last month.
Donna Hodson, who lives outside of Rolla, went to the thrift shop May 30 with her sister and while browsing, Hodson discovered a piece of artwork she made about 50 years ago.
“I just happened to walk by and saw a 24-inch square mosaic tabletop,” Hodson said. “I looked at it and did a double take.”
Hodson realized the mosaic tabletop was the same piece she made during an art class at Louisiana State University in 1961.
“It was a class project and I made an A-plus,” Hodson said. “The piece had to be some type of religious symbolism, but we couldn’t use the cross.”
After the class, Hodson said she took the mosaic piece to be hung in her father’s shop. Her parents lived in Baton Rouge, La., at the time.
In the 1970s, her parents retired and moved to Missouri to be closer to Hodson’s sister. The piece moved with them and was hung in her father’s basement shop.
Her parents died in the early 2000s, and Hodson said as she and her surviving relatives were settling their estate, she does not remember what happened to her artwork, saying it might have been sold.
Somehow it made its way to the Salvation Army in Rolla.
Hodson said when she found the piece, it had some water damage and a frame that was falling off.
“It didn’t have a price on it, so I asked someone who works there (Salvation Army) and she told me it was 50 cents, so I bought it for 50 cents. Then I told her the story,” Hodson said.
Hodson said she might make a table out of the piece.
Hodson said she still paints and calls herself a decorative artist. She teaches painting with clubs, such as the Society of Decorative Painters.