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Archive: April 2019

Passle Helminski

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Passle is a visually impaired artist who graduated with a MFA in Weaving and Textiles from Edinboro University. She exhibited in countless exhibitions all over the country and in many international exhibitions, from Germany to Singapore, Sweden, Australia and China. She has taught at the Neighborhood Art House, has been an adjunct at Mercyhurst College […] Read More »

Susan Joy Gustafson

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“The rainy, temperate Pacific Northwest is my home, but we travel to Hawaii each winter. There, I am inspired by the vibrant climate, colors, textures and patterns. Painting became my passion after retiring from a dental hygiene career 15 years ago, due to my progressive genetic blindness. I became a yoga teacher the same year. […] Read More »

Rosemarie Fortney

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“As an artist I’ve come to respect and enjoy my creative expression in varied methods. Beautiful bright colors, contrast and flowing tactile forms and textures capture my inner creative essence which is boundless in spite of my 5 degree limited tunnel of vision. It’s so enriching and wonderful to share this part of myself visually […] Read More »

Virginia Knepper Doyle

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“After graduating from the University of California in Berkeley (1955) with a BA degree in English and Psychology, and working at the Harvard Business Review as an editorial assistant, I began a life as a Foreign Service wife which led me to living in Mexico, Dominican Republic, Uruguay, Switzerland and France, as well as Massachusetts, […] Read More »

Letty de Guzman

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“I am a native of the Philippines and migrated to the United States in 1968. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in nutrition from the Philippines and practiced my profession at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago. I was born with poor vision and no medical doctor in my country was able to diagnose it. […] Read More »

Nora Devane

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“I am a visually impaired photographer. From my earliest memories I have loved photography. Whether it was capturing memories of family times or just something that piqued my interest, I clicked away. Twenty years ago I went to see my eye doctor because my photographs were ‘blurry’ and I did not know why. They looked […] Read More »

Stella De Genova

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“More than 80% of what I see in the physical world ranges from muted colors to grays to black. I have a minimal field of vision and what I do see is blurred. As natural or artificial light around me dims, so does my vision. Working on a painting and having a visual impairment can […] Read More »

Hamilton Eugene Byrd

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Hamilton Eugene Byrd is the artist and chapter director of the Religious Academies, Chicago. “I started drawing at an early age, about six years old. I added air brush painting to my skills at age 30, but have been oil painting since age 20, so my media includes watercolor painting and acrylic. My use of […] Read More »

Julie Bruno

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“I was diagnosed with RP 35 years ago. One day, someone told me that I was not artistic. I decided to prove them wrong. Having been raised with a mindset that “if you try you CAN,” I decided to not let RP win. I was active through the Parent Information Center of Delaware with a […] Read More »

Charles Blackwell

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“I operate on a note of improvisation, kind of related to jazz music. Some pieces are directly related to jazz, but lately I’ve moved into African mask and dance, once again attempting to capture lines, shapes, rhythm, movement and color. All this to inspire and create a note of encouragement within one’s spirit. For art […] Read More »