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Archive: March 2022

Passle Helminski

March 22, 2022 | Comments Off on Passle Helminski

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

March 22, 2022 | Comments Off on Susan Joy Gustafson

“My husband died last January after a five year joust with pancreatic cancer. “My guide dog and I moved to Omaha Nebraska in a dazed state of mind to care for my Dad who is 97 years old  in an elegant Senior Living Facility. Imagine my joy, we live next to the hobby room: unlimited […] Read More »

Rosemarie Fortney

March 21, 2022 | Comments Off on Rosemarie Fortney

“My love of making art continues to grow well-beyond my studies at Cardinal Stritch and Mt. Mary Universities in the Midwest. “My means of artistic expression cannot help but be influenced by the progression of vision loss from Retinitis Pigmentosa. “Limited tunnel-vision which some may view as a “limiting factor” of RP, I find artistically […] Read More »

Alison Fortney

March 21, 2022 | Comments Off on Alison Fortney

Patron Sponsor:   “I was diagnosed with a brain tumor in July of 1992 at the age of five. After two operations and six weeks of radiation, the cancer was gone but my life had been changed forever. “The tumor was located where my pituitary and left optic nerve intersected. Not only did my tumor […] Read More »

Nora Devane

March 21, 2022 | Comments Off on Nora Devane

“From my earliest memories I have loved photography. Whether it was capturing memories of family times or just something that piqued my interest. Twenty years ago I went to see my eye doctor because my photographs were ‘blurry’ and I did not know why. They looked ‘clear’ to me. I was diagnosed with RP (Retinitis […] Read More »

Stella De Genova

March 21, 2022 | Comments Off on Stella De Genova

“What is left of my vision is a couple of muted colors but mostly shades of gray.  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 has become more and more intimidating because I […] Read More »

Hamilton Byrd

March 21, 2022 | Comments Off on Hamilton Byrd

“I have been painting and drawing since I was 8 years old. I hope you enjoy what I have to offer this year. I’m 62 years old and painting is what I enjoy the most.”

Julie Bruno

March 21, 2022 | Comments Off on Julie Bruno

Patron Sponsor:   “As a self- trained artist, I try to create “precisionist”.  That has been my primary goal in the past. In Fall 2022, I took a painting class to try to stretch myself.  I learned that it’s really hard to change my techniques. However, I was stretched to paint new things.  I discovered […] Read More »

Charles Blackwell

March 21, 2022 | Comments Off on Charles Blackwell

Patron Sponsor:   “I create pieces in order to provoke inspiration and thus giving life to the human spirit.” As a young man, Charles Blackwell’s visual arts studies at Sacramento City College were cut short after he fell head first down a steep slope, damaging his eyesight. “My blindness, in a sense, gives me the […] Read More »

Constance Avery

March 21, 2022 | Comments Off on Constance Avery

“The influences of nature, light, and color were hindered by cataracts and retinitis pigmentosa/usher’s syndrome from the beginning of my painting career. After having the cataracts removed, the colors and brightness of nature and life around me became my guide and inspiration to move forward in life. Even though the RP still keeps my peripheral […] Read More »