Paintings by handicapped, disabled veteran, food, drinks, live music, live painting, silent auction, fun event
Saturday April 20, 2013 / Opening Reception – Art Gallery Party
6:00 – 9:00 pm
Image Creations of Florida (ICF)
3025 44th Ave. North
St. Petersburg, Florida 33714
Tickets are $35 each or two for $60. The first 75 guests with paid tickets will receive a hand painted, hand signed wine glass by Milton Rochman.
Please Join us Saturday April 20, 2013, 6-9 pm for “Painter of Dreams – Milton Rochman”, a collection of acrylic paintings from master artist Milton Rochman. For years, the artist has been creating a treasure trove of over 200 canvases. Many of them are now being shown in an impressive group, a major artistic statement.
Milton Rochman’s paintings radiate color, with bright energy that lifts the spirit and fills the atmosphere with joy.
His work begins with his dreams, where his visions emanate from and then are captured on his canvas. He paints with a heart filled with love, and love is reflected among the subjects he portrays, including people, family, romance, music, dancing, religion, parties, mothers and children, and more. He has recently been painting mermaids, fish and sea life, subjects blending both fantasy and the natural world. His large canvases have the power of emotional resonance; they are strong in composition and remarkable in their lively color palette. His paintings are symbolic but also deeply personal, in a style that is distinctly his own.
This is the fun kind of event that the Abilities Foundation is known for hosting. Outside under the stars there will be live music, a singing and guitar performance by musician Toney Hall. Artists will be painting live, including Lauren Smith (L. Smith) who created the Bluesfest artwork in 2012 and again will do it in 2013.
Donations are being accepted for the silent auction, and for contributions to the party. Donations will be greatly appreciated. Please contact Sarah Dees or Lisa Johnson to get involved.
Event page on Facebook
About the Artist Milton Rochman
Milton Rochman is a disabled veteran, with multiple handicaps. He is also a great artist and human being. He has been working hard, creating acrylic paintings, in his home studio. It is a time to celebrate this good man and his work, to bring him the recognition he deserves. His paintings have been purchased by collectors in the past, and the new paintings are sure to excite art lovers who want to add color and life to their homes and offices.
He is truly an inspiration, a man who is driven to create in spite of many physical limitations he must overcome. “I am multiple-handicapped,” he said. “I have to get around in a wheelchair most of the time.” He deals with numerous maladies that began when he was injured in the Army, back in 1953. He was damaged in his head, his spine and his back. He must take oxygen frequently due to COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). He suffers from migraines, peripheral neuropathy in his feet, and has blockage in two arteries in his heart.
Ongoing symptoms plague him; for the left-handed artist, shaking hands have made working more difficult. Rather than stop painting, he evolves, changing his style as he must, to cope with the physical challenges. “I paint what I dream, and that’s my style,” he said. “Over time, my style changes. I had to find a new style that I could do with my shaky hand. I enjoy what I’m painting now. It’s more fun than what I used to paint. It’s from my heart as well as my brain.”
“I never give up on anything,” he said. “Even in art, I never gave up on anything.”
Facebook Page: Milton Rochman – Painter of Dreams
Article: A visit with Fine Artist Milton Rochman in his studio
About the Musician Toney Hall
Toney Hall overcame his own disability to make music his career. He sings and plays popular cover tunes and his original songs. He was badly injured in a boating accident in his teens, which caused him multiple surgeries on his hand over a ten-year period. He had to learn to play guitar all over again with the reformed hand. Toney Hall performs regularly to appreciative audiences in the Tampa Bay area at Jimmy Guana’s, Jimmy’s Fish House and other venues.
Article: Toney Hall overcame severe hand injuries to relearn guitar in Tampa Bay Times