Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)

Head Turner

Artist: 

Erin is a former actress and singer.  She uses a computer with special software that allows her to write and create artwork via a sensor taped to her forehead.  This artwork reflects physical changes as a result of ALS.

Have Wheels will Travel

Artist: 

Katy earned a master’s degree in communication from the University of Wyoming.  In 2003, she and her sister and their husbands traveled to Las Vegas and spent four days touring the countryside.  The painting commemorates that trip.  It shows the artist’s “wheels,” those of her Convaid Convertible (a convertible wheelchair/stroller) and their Heritage Softail Classic and Sportster 883 Harley-Davidson motorcycles.

Forged Iron Sculpture

Douglas graduated from the Minneapolis College of Art & Design with a bachelor’s degree in Fine Art and a master’s degree from the University of Minnesota.  He taught sculpture and design at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, for many years and also became a blacksmith.  After opening his own forge business in Lesterville, his nickname was “Dr. Iron.”  Douglas received the Robert Ross 2007 MDA Personal Achievement Award for Missouri.

Flip Flop # 5

Artist: 

Harry was an accomplished artist in various mediums.  He received a Master of Fine Art from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and worked in graphic design.  Harry’s works have been exhibited in numerous galleries and museums and several pieces have been seen internationally

Clown Quartet

Artist: 

Monty had been drawing since childhood and began painting in 1990 after retiring from the textile industry.  He specialized in painting people, especially children, and loved to paint clowns and other happy characters.  Monty won many awards and his paintings have been exhibited throughout Florida.

First Date

Artist: 

Monty had been drawing since childhood and began painting in 1990 after retiring from the textile industry.  He specialized in painting people, especially children, and loved to paint clowns and other happy characters.  Monty won many awards and his paintings have been exhibited throughout Florida.

Dragonflies

Artist: 

Fred painted for over 30 years, but began working on linoleum block images after an ALS diagnosis.  He exhibited block prints in local galleries and shows, and also created digital artwork.  A few years ago, he created butterflies that he e-mailed to contacts all over the world which were then photographed and returned to Fred.  As a result, his work has been seen and photographed on every continent as well as the International Space Station.

Cooking Up a Storm

Artist: 

Monty had been drawing since childhood and began painting in 1990 after retiring from the textile industry.  He specialized in painting people, especially children, and loved to paint clowns and other happy characters.  Monty won many awards and his paintings have been exhibited throughout Florida.

Conroe Landscape

Artist: 

Nancy studied art in Europe and the Houston area.  She was a member of the National Society of Artists and received numerous awards and prizes in juried shows and exhibits.

Cape May Boat Yard

An accomplished artist, George exhibited and sold his artwork in several states.  He designed and manufactured a device to support his painting materials, which allowed him to continue painting as his disease progressed.  George received the MDA State Personal Achievement Award for West Virginia in 1999.

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