There is new work to see in the display case in the entryway of the Newington Senior and Disable Center. These pieces were created by Ellen Schuman, one of our artists who is not only talented, but also legally blind. Schuman has had a visual impairment since childbirth and was recently featured on the front page of the New Britain Herald for an anti-bullying children’s book she has written called “Freda Frog and the Fuzzy Guy”.
Ellen says “although I-was-born-virtually-blind, I have approached life with a “can-do”- attitude”, a great appreciation for color, nature, and the wonderous beauty that surrounds us”. After retiring from 30 years of teaching in the Hartford schools, she is able to devote her time to creating art for both the sighted and the blind. Many of her pieces are designed to be perceived by touch as tactile exhibitions help blind people enjoy the magic of art.