we approach our national day of Thanksgiving, I thought you would enjoy
this beautiful story and artistic expression from Rindy Stewart
sixteen years, Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center has
celebrated the talents of its "graduate" artists by hosting the annual
"Art of Rancho" Exhibition. These "graduate" artists have all overcome a
variety of disabilities to produce beautiful works of art. Some were
rehabilitated back to the art they loved, and others learned about their
artistic side through the process of rehabilitation.
most of the past ten years, I have had the joy and privilege of
creating ice sculptures for this exhibition based upon one featured
artist's work for that year. This year's precious featured
artist was Cassandra Tang, who had created fabulous embroidery works,
but just painted her first picture which is shown here.
1992 Cassandra, the eldest of three sisters, became a paraplegic
through a gunshot wound, and lost one sister in that same attack.
Cassandra and her living sister are pictured joyfully dancing with each
other in a surreal scene of a purple and pink sunset.
joy for life despite obvious challenges is inspiring and humbling. May
we all savor the one day God gives each of us and express joy and
gratitude, no matter the circumstances.
Here are two photos of the beautiful ice sculpture that Rinda created from Cassandra's original art.