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Wisconsin artist Albert Schmiege may be legally blind due to macular degeneration, but he creates art that is expansive, inspiring and lush with color.

Using a combination of technique, brush stroke and color, Albert creates the illusion of detail and depth.  His paintings prove that the art of sight and seeing is not necessarily defined by those of us with 20/20 vision.  “All too often,” he says, “living blind in a sighted world creates barriers.  Art forms no prejudices.  This liberates the artist and allows reality to be seen in new ways.” 

You can see Albert’s interpretation of the world when we host an opening artist’s reception for his exhibit “An Affair of the Art.”  We hope you’ll join us for Fall Gallery Night from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, October 5, at the Council.  Albert’s gallery talk is at 6:15 p.m. 

As we celebrate our 60th anniversary of expanding visual horizons, we are proud to present Albert’s remarkable art and the message he conveys through it.   Albert is generously donating 20% of all sales of his art to the Council to support the programs and services we provide for Wisconsin residents who are blind or visually impaired.

Lending her talent to this evening's reception will be harpist Amanda Basich Kron.  She will be playing from 5:15pm till 6:15.  But that's not all!  The Kat Trio will be back to perform at 7:00pm till 8:00pm.  They were a huge hit at our Spring Gallery Night and have graciously agreed to return.  This will be an evening you won't soon forget.

So, bring a friend.  Meet Albert. Enjoy the music.  And indulge in some delightful refreshments as you help us celebrate 60 years of service!