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Archive: November 2014

Nora Devane

November 26, 2014 | Comments Off on Nora Devane

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. 15 years ago I went to see my eye doctor because my photographs were ‘blurry’ and I did not know why. They looked […] Read More »

Charles Grover

November 26, 2014 | Comments Off on Charles Grover

I have macular degeneration, which takes away one’s central, acute vision. I began experiencing vision loss about twenty years ago, and became legally blind at the end of 1996. Not driving means more walking, with its slower pace through the world, and a more intimate contact with it. The change in vision has also changed […] Read More »

Virginia Doyle

November 26, 2014 | Comments Off on Virginia Doyle

After graduating from UC Berkeley with a degree in English and Psychology, Virginia married a Foreign Service Officer and lived in many countries for the next thirty years. Trilingual, she was able to study with leading artists of several countries, and exhibit widely. Highlights of her exhibitions include The World Women Online exhibit in Beijing, […] Read More »

Susan Joy Gustafson

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The vibrant, shimmering, tropical colors of the Hawaiian landscape first inspired me to paint. Seven years ago I retired from a career in dental hygiene due to a progressive genetic blindness called Retinitis Pigmentosa. I decided then it was time to study watercolor painting! Painting helps me move through the grief of loosing my sight. […] Read More »

Kurt Weston

November 26, 2014 | Comments Off on Kurt Weston

As a legally blind photographer I have overcome the barriers, obstacles and challenges of producing and exhibiting my art. My limited visual acuity – total blindness in my left eye and limited peripheral vision, no central vision in my right eye – permits me to see the world like an impressionist painting. My artwork is […] Read More »

Russell Schermer

November 26, 2014 | Comments Off on Russell Schermer

I have been totally blind since birth. Since childhood I have enjoyed making things out of clay and have continued to develop my skills as an artist. Although I took some ceramics classes in high school and college, I have had little formal training. In addition to my interest in clay, I have had a […] Read More »

Albert Schmiege

November 26, 2014 | Comments Off on Albert Schmiege

In the past five years, Albert Schmige has gone from being a local obscure artist to achieving national recognition. In 1992 he was declared legally blind and could not drive due to macular degeneration. In 2005 while employed as a message therapist at the Kalahari resort, he exhibited his art for the first time at […] Read More »

Kurt Weston

November 26, 2014 | Comments Off on Kurt Weston

As a legally blind photographer I have overcome the challenges of producing and exhibiting my art. My limited visual acuity – total blindness in my left eye and limited peripheral vision, no central vision in my right eye – permits me to see the world like an impressionist painting. I entered the field of contemporary […] Read More »

Frank Valliere

November 26, 2014 | Comments Off on Frank Valliere

Raised in New England and schooled in Boston, I explored many mediums and subjects. I have worked for the last twenty-five years as an all-purpose illustrator, designer, fabricator, and restorer of everything from jewelry and handbags to furniture, gardens and landscapes, vehicles toys, and bicycles. While painting landscapes I am driven by the combined atmosphere […] Read More »

Linn Sorge

November 26, 2014 | Comments Off on Linn Sorge

I began taking weaving classes about twenty years ago. It was challenging to create complex braille weaving patterns and work out techniques so that I could do the entire weaving process independently. Now I feel great joy throwing the shuttle and having my fingertips discover the complex patterns I have created coming alive on the […] Read More »