Angela ‘Gee,’ receptionist for Madosky Chiropractic & Acupuncture Center in Richmond Heights, is also an artist with her work now displayed at an exhibit at the Kranzberg Art Center (501 S. Grand Boulevard, St. Louis). She’s also visually impaired — she’s an Artists First artist.
The Kranzberg exhibit, “Variation and Adaptation,” celebrates diversity through individuality, according to a press release from Artists First.
“I was excited to be included in the proposal and to have my work shown in such a prestigious place,” Angela said. “The Kranzberg is such an active spot since they moved down there. They have their First Friday events, and this was part of that.”
Artists First artists created more than 200 ceramic fish, to represent the common perception of the mainstream.
Angela was one of three featured artists who were given circular surfaces on which to paint or draw. These pieces represent portholes into their world.
According to Artists First, the St. Louis area wrestles with how to integrate marginalized groups, such as members of the disability community, into the mainstream in a meaningful way. Artists First is a non-profit art studio that provides a nurturing environment for people with a variety of disabilities including pervasive psychiatric illness, cognitive challenges, acquired brain injury, and post traumatic stress disorder.
“Variation and Adaptation” is currently on display until July 29th at the Kranzberg Art Center (501 S. Grand Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63103).