Blind artist takes up sculpture at 94

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HOUSTON, TX – Some say art is life. Creating art is a way of sharing your vision of the world with others. But what happens when that vision disappears?

Painter Charlotte Wood, 94, found out when she went blind nearly 20 years ago.

“I knew I had to find some way of occupying my time and my mind,” Wood explains.

She knew she couldn’t paint anymore, but recently she decided she’d like to try her hand at sculpture. She felt she could “feel” her way through. Betty Kyle, Charlote’s daughter, spent six  months contacting art schools, museums and universities, but they seemed obsessed with words like “handicapped” and “liability,” rather than finding Charlotte an outlet to express herself. That is, until she found Michael Kirby’s Sculpture Workshop online.

“She called me up and she said, ‘Would you be interested in working with my mother?'” explains Kirby, a teacher at Lanier High School. “And she said, ‘Well she’s 94,’ and I thought that was intriguing and then she said, ‘And she’s blind.’ And I said perfect! I thought that would be great.”

Read more of the story in this month’s issue of Houstonia.

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