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New exhibit opens at Vision Loss Resources

Artworks by Bloomington artist Ken Dobratz are featured in the Vision Loss Resources lobby gallery in Minneapolis through November, 2018.

Against a green background, a bird in shades of blue stands on a plant with three reddish circular blossoms.

‘Sugarbird’ by Ken Dobraz

The paintings in this exhibit represent a new beginning for Ken, who lost his sight 13 years ago to Ischemic Optic Neuropathy. Like many fellow Veterans who experience life-altering events due to injury or illness, he passed through a period of mourning, anger and eventually acceptance before he could move forward. “When I crawled out of the rabbit hole,” Ken says, “with the help of the Mental Health department at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center, I decided to make an attempt to train myself to paint with the little sight I was left with. Though I am not able to fully appreciate my paintings as a sighted person, I have a monocular (7X power) that allows me to see my paintings in detail. My goal in showing my art is to let my fellow Veterans around the world understand that life can take you on a different path but the sun still shines bright on all of us. I am inspired by nature and strive to capture the beauty of nature in my paintings.” Now 72, Ken’s vision is 700/1000, with no vision in his right eye and about 5% in the left eye. His paintings include birds, wildlife, and horses in a race. For samples go to http://vsamn.org/artists-disabilities/exhibit-program/ or http://www.facebook.com/blurredpallette.

Coordinated by VSA Minnesota, the exhibit is open to the public during Vision Loss Resources business hours, Monday-Friday, 8:00– 4:30, at 1936 Lyndale Ave. S. in Minneapolis. Parking is free in a lot off the southbound lane on Lyndale.
For information about purchasing art or participating in or arranging future exhibits, contact Halle O’Falvey, Exhibits Coordinator, 612-332-3888 or exhibitions@vsamn.org.

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