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Opening Reception: From Darkness Into Light

April 10, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm



Three Different Artists: 3 different impairments
Through imagination, experimentation and determination, they create.

Participating Artists:
Stella DeGenova
Angela Geis
David Simpson

Entertainment and light refreshments will be provided.

Free and Open to the public.

For more information contact
Christina Obregón

About the exhibition & artist

An exhibit featuring artwork by three visually impaired artists, Stella De Genova, Angela Geis, and David Simpson, all of whom have exhibited their work throughout the U.S.

What’s unique about this art exhibit is that all of the artists are legally blind. Through imagination and determination, they have managed to become and remain visual artists.

They see themselves as visual artists no matter what their visual impairments may be, but they all have had to adapt to the changing conditions of their eyesight. The way they bring the images and themes in their work to the canvas is as varied and complex as vision and art itself.

Stella De Genova is a 2-dimensional, realistic painter, working with watercolor, chalk pastel and ink. Her paintings tend to be realistic but with a loose and expressive style. She uses magnification tools and bright lighting to assist in her creative process.

Angela Geis is a black-and-white photographer who searches for beauty on the dark side. She is exhibiting a collection of photographs that highlight images of cemeteries, haunted grounds and structures. She takes her photos but can’t see the details until at home on a magnified monitor.

David Simpson is a whimsically surreal painter, working in watercolor and acrylic. His paintings are iconoclastic narratives into his world of enchanted creatures where he explores the conditions of his inner life as he sees it. Through the use of full spectrum lighting and magnifiers, he is able to bring his vivid imagination to life on the canvas.

“Calles y Sueños-Chicago has always explored the dilemmas associated with discrimination related to the inequalities of race, nationality, citizenship, and sexuality. With this show, Calles y Sueños will explore another frontier: breaking down social taboos, oppressive misconceptions, and narrow-minded expectations of what people with disabilities can or cannot do. This show concentrates on the special ability of these artists to create and contribute in their personal lives, their community and in the world. Our ability to create is the way we share our inner vision.”


April 10, 2015
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Cultura in Pilsen
1900 S Carpenter
Chicago, IL United States

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