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Art Show

Through Different Eyes: Achieving a New Perspective
An exhibit showcasing the artistic talents of the blind, visually impaired, & physical impaired Kansas Talking Books patrons.

2014 Exhibit Schedule
February Iola Public Library
March State Library of Kansas
April (Tentatively Scheduled) Great Bend Public Library
May (Tentatively Scheduled) Salina Public Library
May (Tentatively Scheduled) Hays Public Library
Check back for a final list!

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About the Artists
Betty Austin, Fort Scott
Farm Apron

Betty started sewing in Middle and High school. She has made many formals and costumes for the school plays in Fort Scott. In 1996 medical problems caused her to become low vision, then in 2001 she lost sight in her left eye.

This has not stopped Betty, age 74, from sewing for her husband of 54 years, her 2 daughters, 2 granddaughters and 3 great grandchildren.

Doris Hanson, Yates Center
Dish Cloth & Scrubby

Doris started crocheting and knitting 30 years ago. She spends her free time making dish clothes and scrubbies for the Yates Center senior center to sale for their fundraiser. Doris has also made sweaters stocking caps and blankets.

Doris is 90 years old and started losing her sight in 1985, she is now blind in her left eye and has limited vision in her right.

Dustin Disque, Wichita
To Be or Not to Be
Ceramic and Glass

"Growing up in Lawrence, Kansas, I was exposed to the adventurous nature of the city and was able to easily move about the town even though I am legally blind and deaf. Recently, I have moved to Wichita to have more options for employment and during that time, I had discovered art classes offered by Envision. I have become known as the "Rose man" in the studio for making roses and various other flowers out of clay. The works have blossomed into mixed media sculptures, where I incorporate my handmade flowers with found objects."

Audrey Irvin, Wichita

"I was an artist all of my life. A professional painter, watercolor and pastel artist. I have sold my works all over the region, including a piece that is housed in our state's capital. In 2013, at the age of 82, I have begun to rapidly lose my eyesight due to macular degeneration.

Although my condition has prevented me from painting, I have found solace in working with clay. My faith has kept me strong and I continue to create and sell works of art that reflect my spirituality."

Dana Smith, Wichita
A Braille Story

"Although I was born with an eye condition called Peter's Anomaly, which left me blind in my left eye and severe glaucoma in my right eye that allows me to see some light and dark movements, it has yet to slow me down as a parent, friend and artist.

I grew up in Oklahoma where I was first introduced to arts and crafts by my grandmother. She encouraged me to cater to my imagination through my hands with various materials. I am now 26 years of age, a mother to a beautiful 2 year old boy and an artist making and selling work in Wichita, Kansas."

Blaze & Mia, Frontenac
Freedom & The Constitution
Mixed Media

"My name is Blaze and I am 9 years old. I am in the 4th grade. I have two dogs, Dozer and Tucker."

"I am Mia Perry. I am a blind girl. I am blind because I was born too early. I have retinopathy of prematurity. I am 9 years old, I am in fourth grade. I have a twin brother his name is Blaze Perry. I would like to tell you a little bit about myself. I love puppies. I love Christmas music. I have two dogs. Their names are Dozer and Tucker. I like art because you can use your imagination."

Ruth Katz, Manhattan
Christmas Coasters

Ruth started losing her sight in 2003 or 2004 but she's been sewing and doing other crafts for forever.

Dale Anderson, Emporia
Thrown Pottery

Dale is a former business owner, a US Air Force Veteran, and a lifelong artist. He taught his children and grandchildren to create art, and his granddaughter is a graphic arts illustrator in part due to his influence. He was once an avid woodworker, preferring to work with oak, making furniture, the wood panels for the side of "woody" cars, and even a toy rocking horse for his first grandchild.

He's fairly new to pottery, wanting another hobby after he lost his vision. He's been throwing pots, bowls, mugs, and steins since about 2006. He even threw pots at his daughter's art school as an example for the students that were there. He also enjoys golfing in his spare time, and has been golfing for over fifty years. He says he "likes to beat the guys that can see." He and his wife Sharon have been married fifty-two years.

Nancy Johnson, Topeka
Latch Hook

In 1964 Nancy Johnson earned a Bachelor's degree in speech pathology from Wichita State University and
elementary education certification from Kansas Wesleyan University in 1967.  She worked in the special education program as a teacher in a pilot project to prepare residents to move into less restrictive surroundings. 

From November 1980 through December 2009, Nancy taught adapted independent living techniques to adults with significantly impaired vision.  She earned a Master's degree in education with emphasis on adult education and training in 2012.  She now works as a volunteer for, and serves as president of, the Kansas Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (KABVI) to help develop programs to fill the gaps left by the state's budget cuts. 

Nancy, near-blind, has two children and two grandchildren.  She enjoys two little dogs, staying physically active, public speaking, reading fiction, listening to music, baking, latch-hooking, and playing the autoharp. 

Donald Matthews, Great Bend
Lonesome Valley
Acrylic on Canvas

"I started painting in 1990 after I retired. I enjoy painting as a hobby."

J. Alton Monk, Topeka
Metamorphic & Peacock
Acrylic on Canvas

"I am a transplanted Mississippian, that came to Kansas to finish my BA in ceramics. I came over the rainbow, and did not return home, like Dorothy."

Floyd Hammond, Burlington

Floyd started making dominoes for the church fundraiser. He has made over 33,800 dominoes. Floyd lives in Burlington with his wife Lavena.

Ruth Katz, Manhattan
Christmas Coasters

Ruth started losing her sight in 2003 or 2004 but she's been sewing and doing other crafts for forever.

Heidi, Gas
Tactile Paper

"My name is Heidi and I am 9 years old. I like Barney and listening to talking books."

Carletta Edwards, Manhattan
Fearfully & Wonderfully Made
Acrylic on Canvas

Quilt: I Remember

Carletta has had low vision since childhood. She is a retired nurse with multiple impairments. She painted before she had a stroke, after which she was taught how to quilt by a blind woman in her neighborhood. She now teaches the neighborhood children how to quilt.

Carletta has been making quilts for three years. She made this quilt two years ago. She made this quilt two years ago. She had had a stroke and she remembered MLK so she made a quilt. It also contains images of Rosa Parks and other Civil Rights leaders.











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