InFocus: Artist brings paintings to life for those with disabilities

- Artist Dwayne Szot loves traveling the country spreading the joy one gets from painting.

This past week, Dwayne brought his project to Chimes Delaware, a non-profit agency helping people with disabilities engage more fully in life's opportunities.

"We find with the different disabilities-art, music, dance are something that they are all passionate about and it brings them to life," Michelle Mirabella of Chimes Delaware explained.

About 200 people participated.

"We brought out our classic art rollers which attach to wheel chairs and have a handle. We have what we call Pogo polls which are spring loaded stampers," Dwayne explained.

Dwayne created these tools after growing up in a foster home with individuals with disabilities.

"You know if you want to have a fully inclusive art experience you have to create the means to make that happen.  You can't use a standard off the shelf paint brush," Dwayne said, "I can remember giving my sister a ride in the red wagon to catch the bus because she couldn't get there fast enough with her crutches.  Those moments shaped what I would do as an artist."

The painting they've been working on will be split up into gift cards for the people at Chimes.

"It is exciting. It is things that they can hang in their home. It's things they can give to their family as gifts," Michelle added.

The painting is almost done, but, the feeling you get from the arrangement of color on canvas-never can match the heart that goes into it. 

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