Emerging, Origami, Teaching
As a coping mechanism to the stress I started doing origami and other crafts compulsively. As paper was cheap and easy to come by, most crafts involved paper in some way shape or form… What was once a necessity and coping mechanism is now a hobby and done strictly for enjoyment.
I am an origami artist, I have just started to sell my work in addition to teaching. With Covid, and due to the fact that I teach in person, I have temporarily stopped teaching.
FrameWright is a micro-enterprise owned by Allison Wright. This business is located in the restored Eno River Cotton Mill, Hillsborough. Together with her father and alongside other artisans, Allison produces one-of-a-kind handcrafted mirror frames, small ornaments, chalkboards and sells wood products made by a CNC. This is a computerized router. All these items are finished using old world techniques, as is still used by art museums…
Emerging, Mixed Media, Painting
I use bold colors and fluid strokes, delineated by textures, and words that grip and hold the senses; to convey the story of my community. My paintings, books, and collages draw on mysterious and whimsical images to speak about serious subjects; and the reality of my existence… My art is documentation of the abandon of our music, of swaying hips, the clarion call for success and the strength of character that is born in pain but still the will to dance, our smile, an eternal rhythm that belies time. I am a Mixed- Media Artist because I could not choose one way to express myself. When you have read one of my short stories, books or viewed one of my collages or paintings; I hope you feel motivated, or at the very least, to inspire or cultivate a smile; you have unlocked the secret, and I have done my job.
The beauty of nature inspires me. I am legally blind, and love working with Clay. My work is mostly wheel throne and altered. Meant to be used as functional pottery. But I do some garden sculptures. I began losing my site about 40 years ago. The joy Of working with clay at every stage is a never ending attraction to me.
Aspiring, Illustration (Pen & Paper)
I’ve been drawing as long as I can remember. Drawing helps me view the world in a different way. As I go through my day I’m always seeing what to draw next.
I’m a 43 year old transman husband and proud father of two teenage girls who do exceptionally well scholastically. One attends Winston-Salem state and the other page high school. I’ve had some formal training in visual arts as a teenager in Boston . I won the NC state teenage pregnancy poster contest as a teen as well as winning the Massachusetts state school lunch logo design. I’m primarily self taught and delve into multiple mediums. I enjoy working with pastel pencils, charcoals, acrylic paint pouring, drawing portraits, etc. I also enjoy doing arts and crafts with others of all ages and levels.
Dance, Professional, Teaching
At ComMotion, Community In Motion, we believe that everyone should get a chance to experience the many benefits of movement and dance. Dance fosters a sense of well-being, community, mastery, and joy. ComMotion was founded in 2018 by a cancer survivor and disabled veteran who found health and happiness through learning to dance and wanted to give that same opportunity to others in need. The organization has been steadily growing and since 2018 has taught over 350 dance and movement classes for more than 12,000 people of all ages and abilities, including military veterans, cancer survivors, seniors, kids, and people with disabilities. We have had students from preschool age to over 90 years old, and with a wide range of physical and cognitive abilities.
Because our mission is to make dance and movement accessible to everyone, we bring our classes directly to the communities that we serve. Our programs are completely portable and adaptable to nearly any space, and can be taught in both English and Spanish. We have partnered with local organizations to offer our classes on-location, making it easy for our students to participate.
Mixed Media, Painting, Teaching
Diana Reed Cook
I have no formal art education but took local group lessons. Frequent moves (military family, having 3 children and horses) left little painting time. When I moved to NC in 2007, I saw acrylic painting offered at the wake forest senior center. I belong to the WFGA and franklin county art council. Low vision plus lack of organization and trapotation are things I struggle with. Painting is my God given gift that gives me much joy and hopefully to others!
I have been singing since the age of 9 in musicals. Talent shows. Weddings. Choral groups and churches in the states of North Carolina, Georgia, Hawaii, and California. I presently have end stage kidney disease and take dialysis 3 days a week but I have decisions to not let that stop me from pursuing my dream. I have let go of depression about my situation and shall continue to move forward in what I would like to do.
Illustration (Pen & Paper), Professional
I’m a Composer, Arranger, Guitarist, Bassist, Vocalist, Audio Editor, and Percussionist.
I fist learned how to make jewelry after becoming legally blind. I began with wire wrapping, moved to bead stitch and now moving towards metalsmithing. I also dabble in crafts such as flower making. I love the challenge.
Essence B. Scott
Emerging, Literary Arts
I have been writing without anyone telling me to since i was 12 years old. I have been writing seriously since age 14, and then seriously-Seriously since age 19-20. I am from Trenton, New Jersey and now live in Gaston, North Carolina. I have participated in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) and only “won” once, but that is fine by me.
I am never without a book, notebook, my phone & headset, and pens (plural). Even when I go sit outside on the farm here in Gaston: bright, sunny, warm and/or with a nice breeze and my bottle of water with me, the bees humming, I sit outside with my music, notebook, pens, and at least one book. The muse comes when you do. I come consistently. Sure enough, so will she.
At the end of the day, writing, reading, and my music library are what centers me. I can tell when I have not had a moment to read, write, or listen to music because I get cranky and not fun to be around. So it is paramount that i read a book or write something, even if it is one poem, every day. I write because I must. Because if I did not I would feel unlike Essence at her core. To feel like Essence, I have to write and read and think about my writing.
Very recently, I began to write essays about my life experiences. I want to share those with you very soon.
Inspiration comes when you least expect it. For Gillian, a young woman with intellectual disabilities, it all started a little over ten years ago when she was working on a giant jigsaw puzzle of brightly colored tropical fish. As she worked the puzzle she thought she would like to make a painting of the parts that she liked. Her first painting of the jigsaw puzzle turned out as she had hoped. And so her journey began.
Holly B Phelan Johnson
Aspiring, Emerging, Mixed Media, Photography
My first and truest love is music, but I’ve always been enchanted with the various forms of artistic expression. In recent years, at the suggestion of a therapist, I have begun studying and practicing visual arts on a much more serious level. I aim to use photography and mixed media as means to communicate what it has been like living for decades as a closeted transgender man in America. Through art, I am finally able to reveal the debilitating mental illness that has plagued me my entire life. Through art, I am finally beginning to heal.
Current projects include Deprivation of Self, Portraits, which expands the vocabulary of photo-based art to challenge gender identity, expression, and expectation – from every side. And Sustained Trauma, a therapeutic journey through dissociation and the road to gather and assemble the reclaimed pieces of a life.
Aspiring, Ceramics, Painting
As an art therapist I have been involved in many studio arts… My favorite and most extensive experience is in ceramics and pottery. Uniquely, I understand some of the struggles of persons with disabilities as I myself struggle with my own loss of vision. It would be my honor and privilege to teach, be a helping hand, asset, and friend to all with an artistic interest.
Karen Miller Anderson
Fibers, Mixed Media, Photography, Professional
Karen Miller Anderson received her B.F.A. from the College of the Dayton Art Institute. A former Art and Commercial Art teacher, she left teaching after being introduced to the then emerging computer graphics technology. She pursued her M.S. at Middle Tennessee State University in Engineering Technology, specializing in computer enhanced graphics. Dr. Miller Anderson enrolled in the Textile Technology Management Ph.D. program at North Carolina State University’s College of Textiles in 2001. She completed all requirements for her Ph.D. and officially received her diploma, on August 10, 2006. All of her work is signed as K.M. Anderson. Dr. Miller Anderson can currently be found in her studio working on her photography, metal-smithing or fiber-art.
Although, she has been doing photography most of her life, she also creates jewelry, often, using unusual materials such as, broken china, playing cards, tins and other media.
I am most comfortable paining landscapes in acrylics, but I will go outside my box from time to time. I am inspired by nature. My most updated works are on Facebook. I only put on Facebook what I am willing to sell. Traditionally I created public pages just to show friends who would want to see my work. It is mostly a hobby, but I have sold work from time to time and most anything I post on FB is for sale. I am not a prolific painter. I probably do one or two canvases a month. I dabble in other mediums such as alcohol ink on glass, painted gourds and other crafts.
King Nobuyoshi Godwin
I am a painter and it is my job. I like colors and numbers with animals. Those make happy. I have a studio to pain. People like my works, and buy them. So I can buy more colors and paint more. It’s a good life.
Michelle Davis Petelinz
In my career as a professional artist and art instructor, I came to the teaching of art to people with disabilities by being in the right place at the right time. While teaching children’s art classes at the Sertoma Art Center in Raleigh, I was asked to accept a 4-year old student with autism in one of my preschool classes. I readily agreed, despite having little experience with students with special needs. Learning to adapt my class content for this student and seeing him succeed sparked my interest in discovering more opportunities to present art instruction to people with disabilities. Since then, I have worked as the Artist in Residence at Wake Enterprises, conducted a month-long collage project at Life Experiences in Cary, worked on a mural project with children at Camp Friendly in Raleigh, taught a variety of mixed media art classes with the seniors and people with disabilities at Total Life Center in Cary, facilitated activities at the Sertoma Art Center’s “Sensory-Friendly Saturdays”, and staffed a number of art activity tables at events where Arts Access is featured. Among the many things I do as an artist, my work with people with disabilities brings me the most joy; I love seeing the spark of pleasure that creating something beautiful can ignite!
Aspiring, Emerging, Illustration (Pen & Paper), Photography
I started drawing what I call my “circles of love” in my early 20’s. My family helped me to make them into notecards which I sell in my community. I also recently wrote a story about myself.
Emerging, Literary Arts
I’m currently doing a second Master’s Degree in Library Studies at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. I’m a Civil War historian who writes and publishes regularly in the field. I’m also an artist and a book of my Civil War drawings will be published later this year. I do some creative writing and am submitting a poem.
Emerging, Mixed Media, Visual Arts
My inspiration for art started at 6 years old. Reminiscing how excited I was in 1st grade when my teacher showed us how to make original Christmas cards using a silk screen. It was at that moment; I fell in love, and that opened the door to my creativity. When I was in high school, I took art classes at the Saturday Art Program at Cooper Union University in New York City. Being mentored and taught by college students in drawing and painting. Although, I joined the US Navy at 18 years old and served for 8 years as an Electrician, I always enjoyed drawing in my free time. I have always wanted to pursue a career in Art but because of starting a family and many life’s challenges, my life took another course.
I am a Disabled Veteran and have been unemployed for several years due to health conditions. Whenever possible, I have supported and volunteered my services with the Community Outreach at my church. I have also been involved with programs like the National Veterans Creative Art Festival, and Operation Art with the Joel Foundation. I really enjoy using all types of mediums such as Oil, Pencil, Pen & Fabric. Within past 3 years, I have learned some new mediums and techniques using Acrylics, Acrylic Pours, Resin, Fantasy Paint, Wood Working, and incorporating found objects into my art to create a 3D effect. I believe that God gave me a natural gift and talent to create art. I would love to be a part of an art community. Learning, Teaching, Volunteering my services, and eventually starting my own Art Business would be a dream come true!
Literary Arts, Professional
Hello Friend ~
Glad you stopped by to meet me.
I was born in Pennington, New Jersey and moved to Winston Salem, North Carolina in 2009. North Carolina makes me appreciate the word “home”. I am a self-advocate, educator, consultant and author – in that order. I feel connected and very rewarded when I’m working with individuals who have a learning disability because I also have a disability. I live with autism.
My wife, Marlene is also an integral part of my life. She has helped me to discover my strengths, to believe in myself, and to have a greater insight into autism. She accepts me unconditionally.
For me, writing is a way to advocate for people who are differently able. In my latest book, “Weight A Minute – Lessons a Family Learns Thru the Gift of Autism” which was co-authored with Marlene, we tried to convey this very important message. The novel is very relatable to everyone. It is about the importance of family and acceptance. The “Weights” live in Winston Salem. The middle child lives with autism and he is the hero of the book. The novel will provide foundations for meaningful discussions both in the classroom and at home.
I am on a lifelong quest for ways to overcome misperceptions about differently abled individuals. To let everyone know, we CAN do anything. With Marlene by my side, we give a greater insight into autism when speaking publicly and advocating. We would love to hear from you – questions, comments or just to say “hello”.
Emerging, Mixed Media, Painting
My name is Rachard Mcintyre and I am an artist. I like to draw, paint and do other forms of art. I happen to have Asperger’s, which is a form of Autism. I guess about twelve years ago I was diagnosed with having Asperger’s. So it is the kind of disorder that affects the social part of a person but I don’t let it bother me. I continue to focus on art.
I was born legally blind and with a passion for art. I have been painting since I was a child and went on to receive my BA in the Arts and Humanities in 2014. Art for me has given my life purpose, it’s led me to success, independence, serenity, and joy. I have spent years volunteering with various organizations with the same main objective as Arts Access of making art accessible to individuals with disabilities. I am dedicated to this cause of empowering others and engaging my community through art.
Literary Arts, Photography
Ceramics, Painting, Sculpture, Teaching
I’m a disabled artist who finds joy and peace in creating artwork. Art helps me cope with my disability and provides me a connection to communities.
I am 77 [years old]. Liked to do art all my life. Since my injury it’s limited somewhat. I like to paint folk art. My paintings sold in Atlanta, GA in 2006 at Sloton Folk Art. I paint animals on river rock, and canvas.
Aspiring, Emerging, Painting
Wiley Johnson is a 32 year-old artist from Raleigh, NC who has Autism Spectrum Disorder, ASD. He enjoyed art classes in the public schools, Achievement School, Raleigh Parks and Recreation, and Transitions Day Program. Inspiration for his paintings has come from walks in the park and various museums. He developed a passion for painting from the encouragement of an art therapist. Painting has been a therapeutic way for him to spend his time alone.