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

Sunday, March 27, 2011
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When painter Chuck Close was 48, he was paralyzed from the neck down after catastrophic spinal artery collapse. He 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 students in Sarah Martinez’s art classes have been learning about Close and painting their own portrait. She is the new studio art instructor at Sunnyview and has been teaching two art classes a week for physically disabled adults since January, when she left Albany Center Gallery after six years as its executive director....

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