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Turning Darkness into Light: Pain, Bliss, Autism: A Special Common Reading Event Open to all CSU Faculty, Staff, and Students

2008-01-29 15:52:50

Eight Griffins... by Seth Chwast
Eight Griffins Above the Rainforest in Costa Rica
by Seth Chwast
To kick-off the spring Cleveland State University Common Reading Experience, featured speaker Debra Chwast will give her inspirational story of the challenges and joys of raising her son, Seth, who was diagnosed with autism as a young child and later discovers his talent to create beautiful, large oil paintings. Her presentation titled "Turning Darkness into Light: Pain, Bliss, Autism" will be held on Tuesday, February 19, at noon on the first floor of Library, located in Rhodes Tower. (POSTPONED FROM FEBRUARY 12 DUE TO BAD WEATHER)

The related painting exhibition titled "A Different Kind of Journey: The Paintings of Seth Chwast" will be on display on the first floor of the Library during the month of February.

The brown bag event is free and open to all CSU faculty, staff, and students and to the Cleveland Community.

Seth Chwast, who was diagnosed with autism as a very young child, has lived for years in a world of roller coasters, haunted houses, and classical music. A dramatic change came at age 20, when he took an oil painting class at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Seth, who rarely speaks but has a high non-verbal IQ, began describing his world in his paintings. It turned out that he has an innate ability to mix colors and create amazing, large oil paintings. Seth's work was recently featured on NBC's Today show and his art has been displayed in several exhibitions in the Cleveland area and is in art collections both in the Cleveland area and nationally.

To learn more about Seth's work or to purchase prints, note cards, and t-shirts, visit his website at www.sethchwast.org .

For more information about brown bag event or the exhibit at CSU Library, call 216-875-9734.

More Common Reading Experience events, including future brown bag speakers and film screenings, can be found at http://www.ulib.csuohio.edu/cr/index.html.

Posted 2008-01-29 15:52:50 by Barbara_Loomis.

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