New exhibit helps the public gain ‘Perspective’

By: Mary Beth Almond | Rochester Post | Published July 29, 2015

 “Perspective,” an exhibit featuring the work of artists from Paint a Miracle in Rochester, will open Aug. 1 at Level One Bank on Woodward Avenue in Ferndale.

“Perspective,” an exhibit featuring the work of artists from Paint a Miracle in Rochester, will open Aug. 1 at Level One Bank on Woodward Avenue in Ferndale.

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ROCHESTER — A new exhibit offering a perspective on life through the eyes of local artists with disabilities will open Aug. 1 at Level One Bank on Woodward Avenue in Ferndale.

The exhibit, dubbed “Perspective,” features the work of nine artists from Paint a Miracle, a nonprofit art studio and gallery based in Rochester that is designed for children and adults with disabilities.

Carol Cameron, a Rochester artist who has been teaching classes at Paint a Miracle since 2012, said each of the nine featured artists in her class has chosen an individual direction and media to explore as thematic work, rather than class assignments.

“Everybody is different, so everybody is doing something that is meaningful to them,” Cameron said. “Art is a healing force, and it connects us to our authentic selves. The people that come to see the show will get a glimpse into the hearts and minds of these nine artists.”

Cameron said she and the volunteers in the class expect a lot from the students and set the bar high.

“They might think they are done, and we get them to do a little more and take it a little further. I’m really proud of what they have done and what they have accomplished. I think it’s going to be a really high-quality show,” she said.

By overcoming personal obstacles and exploring meaningful work, Cameron said, the artists help others gain perspective on perseverance, empowerment and community through the art-making process.

“A lot of people complain easily about things, and these artists struggle sometimes just to get to class, and they are working extra hard to create art. I think it does give you a perspective on your own life and that maybe we shouldn’t complain so much,” Cameron said. “I have gained perspective about making art and about community and about nonjudgment and doing the best you can — all of that, I feel, I learned from them.”

A free reception will be held from 6-9 p.m. Aug. 21 at Level One Bank, 22635 Woodward Ave. in Ferndale.

Shelly Tyshka, executive director of Paint a Miracle, said the exhibit is going to be right on Woodward and the art will be up during the Dream Cruise, so it’s a great opportunity for Paint a Miracle to expand its exposure.

“What we aim to do is to remove the barriers that might prevent somebody from participating in a fine arts class — be it physical or emotional or financial — because we know lots of times when you have been injured or you have some sort of disability, your medical bills are high and you don’t really have the luxury of taking something like an art class.”

For more information, call Paint a Miracle at (248) 652-2702 or visit www.paintamiracle.org.

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