Sun, Oct 27, noon, Fireside Room
Diagnosed with complex autism at the age of 2 ½, Jimmy lost the ability to communicate verbally. For many years his parents worked tirelessly with medical professionals, trying to reconnect with their once thriving son. In time an interest in art appeared. His parents nurtured that interest, taking Jimmy to art museums, arranging for an art teacher and surrounding him with art books. Over time Jimmy’s passion for color, texture and image became his means of communication.
Jimmy’s mother, Peg Reagan, has been artful in encouraging Jimmy’s calling. The mother of five children, she was persistent in finding a way to help Jimmy communicate through art. Her work has made a difference in the life of Jimmy but also in the ways medical communities understand, respond and treat people with this diagnosis. Jimmy’s work is a reminder that there are many ways to communicate and not all of them are through words. His work is vibrant and sacramental, offering the viewer a chance to see the world through his eyes.
Peg will join us for an artist’s talk. More information about Jimmy or his work available here or contact Peg Schneeman Reagan at (612) 269-9897.