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Art program for blind and visually impaired residents recognized for success

Art program for blind and visually impaired residents recognized for success 

(Clarksboro, NJ) – Artist Eiko Fan was honored for her work for the conception of the Form in Art program on July 20. The program, which was created in 2006 by Eiko Fan and Vaugh Stubbs, allows blind and visually impaired residents to experience art through a variety of mediums. 

Fan was recognized with a proclamation from Freeholder Jim Jefferson, who honored her for her hard work and dedication in promoting art and the fact that disabilities do not limit possibilities. As Fan says, "Art is food; let us make art possible for all."

Both Fan and Stubbs came from extensive art backgrounds; Fan is an expert in woodcarving and Live Wood Sculpture while Stubbs, who passed in 2016, was a successful painter, sculptor, jewelry maker and quilt-maker with jewelry pieces on view at the Museum of the Fine Arts in Houston and at Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Fan is also familiar with working with a wide variety of people during her live sculpture performances ranging from dancers, actors, musicians, children and people with learning challenges as a way to promote respect as well as to show and encourage working with people who may be considered different. Both artists shared a desire to share their talents and knowledge with those who may have not considered art an option they could pursue in the past and decided to put that desire into motion by creating the highly successful Form in Art program.

Pictured: Form In Art participants at the Shady Lane Nursing home Ethel Winters, Hope Boyer, volunteer Marie Ettorre, volunteer Joanne Connor, Martin Hallahan, Theresa VanMeter, Freeholder Jim Jefferson, Vera Guido, Terri Maurer, Art Mitchell, Edith Nixon, social worker Kim Wright, Helen Abbott, Betty Shockley, Artist Eiko Fan, volunteer Lois Chapman, Ed Godfrey