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AMLAS opens new exhibit by artist Stephany Glassing

GPLS News, June 2015

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AMLAS opens new exhibit by artist Stephany Glassing
Stephany Glassing's "Field of Poppies" is the centerpiece of ""Looking Back, Moving Forward," the latest art exhibit at the Atlanta Metro Library for Accessible Services.

The Atlanta Metro Library for Accessible Services (AMLAS) this month unveils its latest art exhibit, welcoming Atlanta's Stephany Glassing for her show called "Looking Back, Moving Forward."

Thanks to a partnership between Georgia Public Library Service and VSA Arts of Georgia, walls at the AMLAS space serve as gallery space featuring the rotating works of professional artists who have visual impairments and other disabilities. Glassing became paralyzed at the age of 19 in a 1984 car accident in Melbourne, Fla.

"The years after that became my journey, which has become a very fulfilling life," she said. "At one point, while raising my child, I needed to find an outlet to express myself and I found art therapy. This is when I began to paint and it became my outlet to express my feelings on any given day."

After relocating to Atlanta, she studied art and graphic design at the Art Institute of Atlanta.

"When I paint I have no preconceived image in my head of what it is I want to put on canvas," she explained. "My process of painting is simple; I put a canvas on my easel, pick up a brush, choose a color and start laying it on the canvas. There have been many finished paintings that have a few others underneath them by the time I'm done. The way I know I'm done is when I can roll away and let my heart tell me it's done: when it's visually pleasing to my eyes, and it's something I would hang in my own home."

Glassing, who works in a variety of media, has exhibited in several invitation-only shows, at local art fairs and at VSA Arts of Georgia's Arts for All Gallery. "Looking Back, Moving Forward" is her first one-artist show.

AMLAS is part of the GLASS (Georgia Libraries for Accessible Statewide Services) network of Talking Book Centers that provide eligible Georgians with access to free audio materials and books and magazines in braille through the Library of Congress and the National Library Service for the Blind & Physically Handicapped. The facility is located on the fourth floor of the Atlanta-Fulton Central Library at One Margaret Mitchell Square, across from the Peachtree Center MARTA station.

Now in its 43rd year, VSA Arts of Georgia is a nationally accredited statewide organization working with artists and organizations to fulfill its vision of an inclusive community that encourages everyone to enjoy and participate in the arts.

ALMAS and VSA Arts of Georgia welcome the public to view the works of Stephany Glassing from 10-6 Monday through Saturday, with extended evening hours each Thursday until 8.

How to Visit the Exhibit

Where:

Atlanta Metro Library for Accessible Services
Located inside the Central Library of AFPL
One Margaret Mitchell Square, Atlanta, GA 30303
Find it on a map

When:

Monday-Wednesday: 10am-6pm
Thursday: 10am-8pm
Friday & Saturday: 10am-6pm