Autism in April - Expressions through Art

posted Aug 3, 2012, 1:31 PM by Simonida Boscovic   [ updated Jul 17, 2013, 8:04 PM by Katarina Boscovic ]

April 2nd - May 1st 2010
Barrington Area Library -
Artist reception: Friday, April 9th - 7pm

The exhibition presents a collection of paintings made by Joe Rosenbloom, who is autistic, and a collection of photographs by Thomas Balsamo used in the book Souls: Beneath and Beyond Autism by Sharon Rosenbloom.

There will be a reception held at the Barrington Library with both artists where you can stop by, chat and view their works.

Joe Rosenbloom was born with autism. Five years ago, he started to paint with Vesna Boscovic, preseident of La Citadelle Art NFP, where his painting began to reveal a wealth of imagery and emotions. Later, he worked with artist Bobi Vidovic who showed him more contemporary painting techniques. Rosenbloom's paintings capture the strength of his feelings hidden under the cover of autism, and help to reveal the true nature of this commonly misunderstood disorder.

Thomas Balsamo developed his love of photography at the early age of 10 after receiving his first camera. His ability to photographically capture people became a career in 1978. Since then his work has been featured on CNN, CBS, WGN and WLS television, published in Professional Photographer among other publications, and in 2003 he received the Autism Society of America's "Literary Work of the Year" for his photography and co-creation of Souls: Beneath and Beyond Autism.