YouTube Video “Artists Conversions” Features Four Artists with Disabilities

By Carrol Morgan, Curator, Frederick Gallery

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I am always amazed by artists who struggle with disabilities and create art that is a testament to the strength of human perseverance and the need to create. The video “Artists Conversations” includes three artists with disabilities and gives a personal perspective into the art created by Passle Helminski of Erie, Pennsylvania. Passle is an artist member of the FCCA and frequently has work selected for juried national exhibits in the Frederick Gallery. Passle Helminski is a visually impaired artist who graduated with a MFA in Weaving and Textiles from Edinboro University. She has exhibited in countless exhibitions all over the country and in many international exhibitions, from Germany to Singapore, Sweden, Australia and China. She has taught at the Neighborhood Art House, has been an adjunct at Mercyhurst College and Gannon University and was Artist in Residence at the Cathedral Center, Erie, PA. She received the Distinguished Alumni Award in Art from Edinboro University in 2005. In addition to her art, she plays the flute and is an active participant in half marathons, 5K races and triathlons with the assistance of her service dog. She is a state and national advocate for persons with disabilities. The FCCA is honored to recognize the contributions and artwork of this special artist.

The artist Passle Helminski can be reached at [email protected] and found on FaceBook.
Her work exhibited at the FCCA can be seen at

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