Luis Aparicio – August 2021 Artist of the Month

Each year, we feature the work of artists affected by multiple sclerosis in our annual MSAA Art Showcase. We receive many wonderful submissions from across the country and are delighted to share the work of these artists and their inspirational stories with you, including highlighting one artist each month as our Artist of the Month. This month, we are proud to feature artist Luis Aparicio of Dallas, TX:

Luis Aparicio artwork entitled Play Harder

About the Artist – Luis Aparicio

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Karen Bloom – July 2021 Artist of the Month

Each year, we feature the work of artists affected by multiple sclerosis in our annual MSAA Art Showcase. We receive many wonderful submissions from across the country and are delighted to share the work of these artists and their inspirational stories with you, including highlighting one artist each month as our Artist of the Month. This month, we are proud to feature artist Karen Bloom of Kendallville, IN:

Karen Bloom artist of the month artwork entitled Lake Michigan Serenity
Lake Michigan Serenity

About the Artist – Karen Bloom

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Leslie Pino Durant – June 2021 Artist of the Month

Each year, we feature the work of artists affected by multiple sclerosis in our annual MSAA Art Showcase. We receive many wonderful submissions from across the country and are delighted to share the work of these artists and their inspirational stories with you, including highlighting one artist each month as our Artist of the Month. This month, we are proud to feature artist Leslie Pino Durant of Jemez Springs, NM:

Leslie Pino Durant Artist of the Month artwork entitled "Moose in Colorful Forest"
“Moose in Colorful Forest”

About the Artist – Leslie Pino Durant

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Tamara Darling – May 2021 Artist of the Month

Each year, we feature the work of artists affected by multiple sclerosis in our annual MSAA Art Showcase, including highlighting one artist each month as our Artist of the Month. This month, we are proud to feature artist Tamara Darling of York, ME:

Tamara Darling art photograph entitled Nubble Wave
“Nubble Wave”

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Omayra Rivera-Filardi – April 2021 Artist of the Month

Each year, we feature the work of artists affected by multiple sclerosis in our annual MSAA Art Showcase, including highlighting one artist each month as our Artist of the Month. This month, we are proud to feature artist Omayra Rivera-Filardi of Bridgeport, CT:

Omayra Rivera-Filardi artwork entitled "Unfiltered"
“Unfiltered”

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Janet Chojnacki – March 2021 Artist of the Month

Each year, we feature the work of artists affected by multiple sclerosis in our annual MSAA Art Showcase, including highlighting one artist each month as our Artist of the Month. This month – our first month of the 2021-22 MS Art Showcase – we are proud to feature artist Janet Chojnacki of Wisconsin Rapids, WI:

Janet Chojnacki artwork entitled Lily Pad
“Lily Pad”

About the Artist:

“After my diagnosis, I needed to move back to the family homestead so I could be around people who loved me and could watch over me. This allowed me to create art in the room that my dad built for my mom, who was a fantastic painter. Without MS, I wouldn’t have this opportunity to spend my days doing what I love in a place that I love. Art is what fills my days, calms my soul and occupies my mind. MS took a lot from me, but it will not take this too.”

Read more and see additional works from this artist and others at mymsaa.org/artshowcase.

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Shana Stern – February 2021 Artist of the Month

Each year, MSAA features the work of artists affected by multiple sclerosis in our annual MSAA Art Showcase. We also highlight one artist each month as our Artist of the Month. This month, we are proud to feature artist Shana Stern of Pacific Palisades, CA:

Painting by Shana Stern titled "Sound of Silence"
“Sound of Silence”

About the Artist:

“Unable to hold a paintbrush because of my MS, I began painting using my fingers and knuckles, rather than brushes. I paint each piece to a song — trying to interpret the feeling and movements of the dance I see in my brain. Crouched over canvas, covered in paint, lost in the music — everything else disappears. All my pain, cognitive and physical issues dissolve away into beauty and the freedom that painting affords me.

I’ve lost much to MS, but my art has given me a second chance in life. I still get to tell stories — but instead of using a pen, I now use paint.”

Read more and see additional works from this artist and others at mymsaa.org/artshowcase.

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Jessica Vega – January 2021 Artist of the Month

Each year, MSAA features the work of artists affected by multiple sclerosis in our annual MSAA Art Showcase. We also highlight one artist each month as our Artist of the Month. This month, we are proud to feature artist Jessica Vega of Ooltewah, TN:

Jessica Vega Contemplation artwork

“Contemplation”

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Gretchen Steele – December 2020 Artist of the Month

Each year, MSAA features the work of artists affected by multiple sclerosis in our annual MSAA Art Showcase. We also highlight one artist each month as our Artist of the Month. This month, we are proud to feature artist Gretchen Steele of Coulterville, IL:

Gretchen Steele December Artist of the Month

“On Such a Winter Day”

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Jennifer Reida – November 2020 Artist of the Month

Each year, MSAA features the work of artists affected by multiple sclerosis in our annual MSAA Art Showcase. We also highlight one artist each month as our Artist of the Month. This month, we are proud to feature artist Jennifer Reida of Swansea, IL:

Artist of the Month Jennifer Reida presents Day Dreamer

“Day Dreamer”

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