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A Visions-ary Trip
By Cheryl Anderson Brown

   
 

(Above) Shane McDonald and Nicole K. Starz at the plein-air workshop.

(Below) Students presented their paintings to the institute. (from left) Marcy Starz, Branden Aust, Nicole K. Starz, Lisa Ware of the institute, Brittany Alsobrook, Perry Bennett and Erin Taylor

 
   

In just three days, members of Visions, the KSU student art guild, enhanced their artistic skills, enjoyed a visit to an historic Georgia landmark and left the place a little brighter than they found it.

Led by guild president Perry Bennett (visual arts, 2006), Visions went on a three-day retreat to Warm Springs in November. The group stayed at Camp Dream at the Roosevelt Warm Springs Institute for Rehabilitation which was founded as a polio treatment facility by Franklin Roosevelt in 1927, before he was elected president. The institute helps 6,500 disabled clients achieve independence and employment each year.

During their Nov. 10-12 visit, the KSU students participated in a plein-air painting workshop led by Shane McDonald (visual arts, 1992) and created paintings that they then donated to the institute. The paintings have been placed in the Lanier and Callaway Lodges at Camp Dream.

"It was a great weekend," Bennett said. "We played games, watched movies, painted, drew things, took pictures, and even got a history lesson or two. Plus, the people at the Roosevelt Warm Springs Institute were very pleased with the paintings we gave them."

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