Monday, May 28, 2012

Friday, May 18, 2012

Virtual Tour - May Be (R)Evolution exhibition , Factory-Art Gallery, Berlin, Germany

Check out this Virtual Tour of the exhibit in Berlin, Germany. Pay close attention to the far right as they scan across Jimmy's painting of Golden Hair Man.  Jimmy wrote a note to Mark Jones thanking him for being included in the exhibition. They included the note in the exhibition.  Nice touch Factory-Art Gallery!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

There is Strength in Numbers

Jimmy with his family and Josh Harrod  as he read about his WineFest painting Cafe at Night

The saying that there is strength in numbers is an absolute truth with autism.  Jimmy's success is the culmination of the efforts of many people in his life.

First and foremost, his family.  Surrounded by the love and compassion of his parents and siblings, Jimmy is thriving. This past Saturday night, he presented his painting, Cafe at Night, to a crowd of well over 700 people.  He was a rock star and received a standing ovation. I am humbled by his success finding it hard not to forget the sickly Jimmy laying motionless on the couch or screaming in pain not knowing how to ask for help as he struggled to find words.  His siblings have always believed in him and his potential. Kelly, Jack, Patrick and Ned have been tireless supporters of their brother.  I am a very fortunate mother of five lovely human beings. As parents, Brian and I, could not be more proud of our children - they are good human beings who support each other.

Secondly, there are the legions of professionals that have help Jimmy throughout the years. One of the more important people in Jimmy's life is is Josh Harrod. Josh has been a constant companion, role model, instructor, friend and mentor of Jimmy's.  As I have said many times, angels surround me and support me in my time of need.  This is particularly true with Josh.  In 2007, Jimmy was so sick that we had to remove him from school.  This meant that not only would Jimmy be home bound, but, so would I. I needed help.  I made calls to find someone who would be a fit for Jimmy and our family. I was discouraged as I just didn't seem to find the right person.  Our oldest son, Jack, was a ski racer and needed new skies and boots.  We took Jack to the store....buying new skies and boots can be and was a long process. I got to chatting with the woman at the store and she
Patrick and Ned holding Jimmy's painting during the Live Auction
asked about our other kids. Our conversation turned to Jimmy and his current situation.  It was a very difficult time for me. This lovely older woman said, "my daughter's former boyfriend is moving back to Minnesota - he works with kids with autism and wants a career in autism." She called him from the store. Josh called me later that day.  I knew almost immediately he would be a good fit. Honestly, I had no idea how good it would be. When I say angels surround me in my time of need, I am not kidding.  Josh told me a few months ago, that the woman that I talked with was only at the store that day as a favor to the owner - she was filling in and did not work there. Josh came to us in a time of tremendous need.  He has seem Jimmy at his worst and now at his best.  He was with us on Saturday night. We are fortunate.

As the evening closed on Saturday night, Brenda Weigel, oncologist at the U of MN, asked if I would talk with a couple who has a 7 year old son with autism. I was more than happy to visit with them.  They said that Jimmy gave them hope for their son.  What an honor to be able to give someone hope.  It is an interesting twist.....Jimmy is offering hope to other families and those families give Jimmy the strength, desire and support to do what he does.  Like I said.....there is strength in numbers!

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Factory-Art Gallery- Berlin, Germany, May Be (R)Evolution Exhibit

Here is the link to the Factory-Art Gallery Berlin, Germany exhibit where Jimmy is Guest Artist.  The paintings are on route to Berlin.  Opening is on May 10th and Exhibit runs from May 11th to June 8th, 2012.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

YouTube video of Jimmy Creating Girl with Hat.

Girl with Hat Painting
Acrylic n Canvas, 2012
Girl with Hat and her travelling companion, Golden Hair Man, are on their way to Berlin, Germany for the Factory-Art Gallery exhibit May Be (R)Evolution. Check out this YouTube link that shows Jimmy creating Girl with Hat. You will also see Girl with Hat pastel which Girl with Hat painting is based.

Golden Hair Man Painting
Acrylic on Canvas, 2011