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Sophie’s Kensington Gallery Presents ‘Acuity’

San Diego CA— St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center (SMSC) will present Acuity, a retrospective of paintings by Alfredo Santiago and stand-up-cutouts of David Walton, at Sophie’s Kensington Gallery (4168 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116). The show will run from October 5-26, 2019, with a public reception on October 5 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. during National Disability Employment Awareness Month.

Alfredo Santiago had a successful and exciting career in New York City as an editor, publisher, and fashion consultant. After he was diagnosed with glaucoma in 1993 and told he would eventually lose his sight, Santiago did something inspirational. He renewed his interest in the arts. Sculpting in clay, stone, and bronze, along with oil painting, sustained his spirit until the end of his life in 2018. During this time Santiago participated in many shows and even attended sculpture workshops in Italy to advance his techniques.  Rather than considering his limited vision as an obstacle, Santiago considered it an opportunity to see clearly what he never had the ability to see before.

David Walton draws with a quick hand, paying attention to details as he dreams of making money by selling his artwork. He recently received an Arts and Accessibility grant from the California Arts Council and the National Arts and Disability Center. The funds supplied special markers with painting tips, rolls of paper, and foam core to create stand-up-cutouts of Walton’s life-size Medieval and Renaissance Kings and Queens in full regalia.

St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center serves more than 400 adults with developmental disabilities through nationally recognized, innovative programs. Its mission is to educate and empower individuals with developmental disabilities to realize their full potential. Developmental disabilities include autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, and other cognitive disorders for which there are no cures.

Sophie’s Gallery, the off-campus art program of St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center, features artwork of many talented individuals with developmental disabilities. Inside the gallery is a collection of artworks including jewelry, paintings, fused glass, mosaics, textiles, cards, and etc. The gallery, which is also a gift shop, allows SMSC students to showcase their work, earn a paycheck from sales of their artwork, while also raising funds for the art programs.

This activity was supported in part by the California Arts Council, a state agency, and the National Disability Center at the University of California Los Angeles. Any findings, opinions, or conclusions contain herein are not necessarily those of the California Arts Council or the National Disability Center