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Muskegon native helps create ArtPrize's first blind and deaf friendly 

Spoken-word storytellers and poets have come together to form what they 
are calling the first blind and deaf friendly exhibit at Grand Rapids' 

The group refers to itself as The Diatribe.

Gregory Foster II, originally from Muskegon, is one of the creators of 
this unique exhibit, "Word."

Foster II, who used to deliver the newspaper for the Muskegon Chronicle 
when he was younger, also was homecoming king at Muskegon High School.

The exhibit is showing at the B.O.B. in downtown Grand Rapids at 20 
Monroe Ave NW starting today, Sept. 18 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The exhibit will then show on Mondays and Wednesdays throughout the 
weeks of ArtPrize, Foster said

Feeling art: ArtPrize entry designed for the blind

Heart trouble inspires artist's latest collection, 'Love Lifted Me'

The Willoughby Art Gallery at Clovernook Center for the Blind and 
Visually Impaired in North College Hill will host a gallery opening 
featuring the work of artist Barbara Petersen, an artist who is visually 
impaired, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4.

'Love Lifted Me' is a collection of acrylic paintings, several large 
ceramic pieces and ceramic jewelry. The name is inspired by an old hymn 
and represents Petersen's belief that God has lifted her from struggle.



Art From Visually Impaired Is Showcased
An exhibition of art from visually impaired artists is underway in 

You can view and buy works from more than 40-legally blind adult artists 
at the Form in Art exhibition at Wills Eye Institute

Deaf and blind students display artwork at Tohono Chul

Blind Art: An Uncle's Painting For His Nephew Will Make You Cry

This week Redditor unholysh*t <http://www.reddit.com/user/unholyshit> 
brought the internet to tears after sharing an artwork made by his 
father accompanied by the caption: "My dad painted this for my 7 year 
old cousin. The little guy has been blind since birth. 


Catherine J.H. Miller at Jack London Bar

/6-7 p.m. Tuesday Jack London Bar in the Rialto Poolroom /

Miller, a Portland native and legally blind artist who has spent the 
last three years researching ways to make the fine arts more accessible 
for people with disabilities, will read from the manuscript of her new book.

Blind artist's vision extends to local scrap metal sites

Rick Crooks' interest in art started innocently enough.

He made his mother a metal sculpture -- a Springer spaniel -- out of 
metal coil springs from a car.

Since that day 12 years ago, he has made 1,088 pieces of folk art.

"It's all recycled material," said the owner of Old Man from the Mountain.


The Messy Magic of Stephen Lapthisophon, Oak Cliff's Legally Blind 
At one point or another, it happens to all of us: We look at art and we 
just don't "see it." For Stephen Lapthisophon, artist and art history 
professor at the University of Texas at Arlington, it's these moments he 
enjoys most.

"There are works of art that I love that I've been looking at for many, 
many years and I'm not sure I completely grasp everything that's going 
on," Lapthisophon says.

Lapthisophon, who is legally blind, holds court tonight at the Dallas 
Contemporary, the second North Texas professor to speak in the gallery's 
new DC University lecture series. He talks in a mix of tangents and 
circles, making lots of sense and blowing up that sense at the same 
time. There's a messiness to it, but if you believe Lapthisophon, we 
need more messiness in our lives.

"I think that we return to good and interesting pieces of art because 
they baffle us," he says. "We return to things for the mystery of things."


Art auctioned sight unseen

We are conditioned not to touch works of art, only to look at them. But 
for people who are visually impaired, seeing isn't believing --- 
touching and feeling are.

That's the idea behind Art in the Dark, a program of the San Antonio 
for the Blind. The nonprofit has worked with the blind community in San 
Antonio for more than 80 years.

At the third Art in the Dark on Thursday at the Witte Museum 
47 artists donated pieces to be auctioned sight unseen. The works, 
predominantly ceramics, were covered by a cloth for most of the night. 
People could only touch the pieces to figure out if they wanted to bid 
on them.

Designer Creates the World's First Comic for the Blind

An Art History & Art Making Course for Blind Adults at the Philadelphia 
Museum of Art

chris friel


chris friel is a british colour blind painter who bought a camera in 
2006 and has not painted since.
he has been shortlisted for the sunday times landscape photographer of 
the year for the last 4 years, and won a judge's choice award in 2011.
his images have been exhibited in the south bank centre, on the santiago 
subway in chile, and projected behind the london sinfonietta in the 
royal festival hall.


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