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DAC once again puts together a celebration of our local artists with disabilities. Held June 17th, from 4 to 6 pm, this showcase typically features a dozen artists in various mediums from acrylic painting to sculpture and garden art. The event fits DAC’s mission in helping individuals living with various disabilities to work toward achieving their goals related to independent living and enriched lives. The show is a source of inspiration and pride for the area’s disabled community, and encourages artists to explore their interests, share their love of art, and gain confidence in their skills. Many pieces are available for purchase with 100% of the monies going to the artist.

The event is free to the public and will offer music and refreshments to enjoy while viewing the art. This year DAC will feature examples of typewriter art from artist Paul Smith, 1921-2007. Paul had severe cerebral palsy and was never permitted to attend school. That may have put traditional artist tools out of Paul’s grasp but his creativity and artistic prowess were unleashed in a surprising fashion – through the strategic placement of the @!#$%^&*() symbols with a single finger on his vintage typewriter.

He created hundreds of artpieces: still lifes’, animal portraits, nature scenes, outdoor vistas, cityscapes and more. These resemble fine pencil drawings from a distance. For shading, he would press his thumb to the typewriter ribbon. Paul resided at Rose Haven Nursing Home in Roseburg, Oregon until his death in 2007. He was a favorite among the staff, who were in awe of his art.

There will be manual typewriters available so visitors can try to create their own typewriter art!