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Archive: May 2021

Charles Blackwell

May 11, 2021 | 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

May 11, 2021 | Comments Off on Constance Avery

Sponsored by   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 keeps […] Read More »

Kurt T. West

March 19, 2020 | Comments Off on Kurt T. West

Once a world class glamour photographer Kurt Weston, now a legally blind artist, offers alternative views and perspectives, recontextualizing his fashion portraits and fashion runway scenes with a photo-impressionist perspective.  Weston’s highly stylized color saturated images capture the look, as well as, the feel of contemporary fashion, highlighting the aesthetics of clothing, hairstyle and the […] Read More »

Frank Valliere

March 19, 2020 | Comments Off on Frank Valliere

Raised in New England and schooled in Boston, Frank Valliere explored many mediums and subjects. He has worked the last forty-five years as an all-purpose illustrator, designer, fabricator, and restorer of everything from jewelry and handbags to furniture, to gardens, landscapes, and houses, to vehicle toys and bicycles. Light, color, shape, and texture combine to […] Read More »

Sam Smith

March 19, 2020 | Comments Off on Sam Smith

Sam first discovered the wonderful world of creative indulgence when he was in his mother’s womb and bored out of his skull. He couldn’t wait to get his hands on some Magic Markers so he could get straight to work. Unfortunately, some urgent matters demanded his attention upon entering That Other Word, such as learning […] Read More »

Russell Schermer

March 19, 2020 | Comments Off on Russell Schermer

I don’t see the models I use in my work with my eyes, but I see them in the mind’s eye. Whether I’m working from a die cast model or the real thing the final work is a product of my interpretation. Because my pieces are all handmade each one is slightly different.

Barbara Romain

March 19, 2020 | Comments Off on Barbara Romain

When I was diagnosed with a retinal degenerative disease I had already been trained as a professional fine artist.  I had to re-think my whole approach to making art.  My color has grown more vivid as my sight diminishes.  I am now inspired less by what I see, and more by what I hear, remember, […] Read More »

Barbara Oswald

March 19, 2020 | Comments Off on Barbara Oswald

My focus provides a creative way for me to share my “lack of visual acuity” and my passion for artistic expression. I often surprise sighted people with my work. I was part of the original photography class for blind photographers at the Museum of Fine Art in Boston, MA in the early 80s. I studied […] Read More »

Rose Kamma Morrison

March 19, 2020 | Comments Off on Rose Kamma Morrison

My art is key to open doors for others to see my secret garden. I have taken many classes that were available to me through school and college years, studied mostly in textiles and fine arts. Now a seasoned artist, I like to try new techniques by participating in pop up classes exploring my inner […] Read More »

Amber Miller

March 19, 2020 | Comments Off on Amber Miller

I’ve had a vibrant imagination since I was a kid, and used to draw, paint and sculpt often. As an adult, I set that aside for many years. I saw my eye condition as a barrier to any visual expression. Now, with the unfailing encouragement of family and friends, I am happily allowing dreams, imaginings […] Read More »