The story behind a massive new art collection in Tacoma is one of coincidences. A wealthy German couple honeymooned in the area in the 1950s and then, years later, started collecting art of the American West. Those paintings hung on walls near Tacoma and Wyoming and in Germany until recently, when the family bequeathed the stunning collection to the Tacoma Art Museum. Safe Haven In the mid-1950s, Erivan Haub, a German businessman, visited friends on Fox Island in Puget Sound. He immediately fell in love with the area. When he returned home to Germany, he enthused about the area to his girlfriend, Helga. When they honeymooned here later, Helga said the area reminded her of growing up in the Black Forest in Germany.