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Q & A: Instructor of disabled says art is a celebration of humanity

Sarah Martinez, new studio art instructor and ViewPoint Gallery curator at Sunnyview Rehab ilitation Hospital in Schenectady, works with Brian D’Alessandro on a project at the hospital.
Photographer: Marc Schultz
Sarah Martinez, new studio art instructor and ViewPoint Gallery curator at Sunnyview Rehab ilitation Hospital in Schenectady, works with Brian D’Alessandro on a project at the hospital.
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When Chuck Close was 48, he felt a strange, sudden pain in his chest. Within minutes, the prominent American artist had a seizure and was diagnosed with catastrophic spinal artery collapse. Paralyzed from the neck down since that day in 1988, Close still paints the giant portraits or “faces” that made him famous. Instead of holding a brush in his hand, he straps it to his wrist with tape. At Sunnyview Rehabilitation Hospital, the 12 ...


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