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Heart trouble inspires artist’s latest collection, ‘Love Lifted Me’

The Willoughby Art Gallery at Clovernook Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired in North College Hill will host a gallery opening featuring the work of artist Barbara Petersen, an artist who is visually impaired, on October 4, 2013 from 6 to 9 p.m. ‘Love Lifted Me’ is a collection of acrylic paintings, several large ceramic pieces and ceramic jewelry. The name is inspired by an old hymn and represents Petersen’s belief that God has lifted her from struggle. Petersen began taking art classes at Clovernook Center in 2008 after attending a low vision support group session and learning about the various classes offered by the recreation department. “I had no idea if I could paint or not,” said Peterson. “But Scott Wallace [art instructor] has a real gift for drawing people’s talent out that they weren’t even aware they had.” After beginning with a series of landscape paintings, Petersen’s ongoing struggle with heart failure and related medical issues motivated her to begin drawing hearts as an outlet to “describe what she’s going through.” One of her favorite pieces in the show, “A Separated Heart,” is made up of two paintings with half a heart on each one and a separation of warm and cool colors. “I would like the audience to gain a greater knowledge of God’s power and be encouraged no matter what,” said Petersen. ‘Love Lifted Me’ will run October 4 to 31, with an opening reception on Friday, October 4 from 6 to 9 p.m. The Willoughby Art Gallery is located at Procter Center on the campus of Clovernook Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired, 7000 Hamilton Ave. in North College Hill. Guests can view the gallery Monday through Friday from 8 a.m., to 5 p.m., or by appointment.

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