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Mehndi wall design honoring Fal Hauser to be created at Westerly Middle School


WESTERLY — Seema Soni is finding peace the same way her sister did — in the art of Mehndi.

Soni has begun work at Westerly Middle School on a wall tribute to her sister, Falguni “Fal” Hauser, an artist and prominent volunteer in local schools who died in January.

“My design was solely inspired from years of my sister teaching me the art of Mehndi [henna],” Soni said. “Almost every year we would work at the Virtu Art Festival, applying henna designs on everyone.

“I loved learning from her and only wished that I could still learn more. The wall design only seemed fitting that the artwork reflect all that she loved and what gave her the most peace in her busy world.”

Members of the Westerly School Committee approved the tribute at a recent meeting after members of the school’s PTO requested the memorial. Hauser, who was born in India, spent many hours at Westerly Middle School because of her duties with the school’s yearbook.

“We wanted to develop a tribute to her because she was so well-respected and contributed a lot to schools,” said Sue Siwinski of the PTO. “She is such a huge inspiration to all of us.”

The design Soni will use on the wall, which is just before the cafeteria on the left, is Mehndi, which is practiced mainly in India. Siwinski said the color scheme will be “very neutral, soothing.”

The wall is one of several dedications to Hauser, who also volunteered with the Girl Scouts and was a former board member of the Chorus of Westerly.

Earlier this spring, a bench was dedicated in her memory in Wilcox Park.

Also, there is a page in the 2012-13 middle school yearbook that reads, “to the enduring memory of Fal, Editor-in-Chief of the WMS Yearbook 2009-2012.”

The page includes a photo of a large white flower.

The wall at the middle school will include a plaque that will be inscribed with one of Hauser’s inspirational sayings.

“I’m sure [painting the wall] will be emotional but fulfilling,” Soni said. “I would do anything for her or any of my family.”

alemoine@thewesterlysun.com



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