Beyond Sight

. July 2, 2019.
Dave Wisniewski creates iconic representations of the Old West (left). Jeannine Dailey, a former University of Toledo Art Instructor and muralist (middle). Mike Sager, a third-generation artist from Napoleon (right).
Dave Wisniewski creates iconic representations of the Old West (left). Jeannine Dailey, a former University of Toledo Art Instructor and muralist (middle). Mike Sager, a third-generation artist from Napoleon (right).

The Eyes of Artists celebrates works of visually impaired painters

Real art comes from the soul. Just ask local artists Jeannine Dailey, Mike Sager, and Dave Wisniewski. Three artists that paint with passion, skill, and vigor. And all three are legally blind.

The Sight Center of Northwest Ohio and American Frame Gallery have teamed up to present The Eyes of Artists exhibit, which features the works of these three acclaimed visually impaired painters. The nearly 30-piece exhibition will continue throughout July, with all pieces available for purchase.

Sight Center goals

“Our goals with The Eyes of Artists are threefold,” said Sight Center Development Coordinator Tim Tegge. “First, we want to celebrate these talented artists who find ways to express their creativity in spite of having a severe vision impairment. Second, we hope to inspire others who are visually impaired to do whatever it is that they love to do. Finally, we want to spread the word that The Sight Center offers a unique blend of programs and services that can help people of all ages work, learn, play and live independently with permanent vision loss.”

All three local artists have earned rave reviews for their works. Dailey is a former University of Toledo art instructor, who runs her own mural painting business. Her work has been displayed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Sager is a third-generation artist from Napoleon, whose artwork was included in the 2017 and 2018 Holiday Greeting Card Collection at the Cleveland Sight Center. Toledo native Wisniewski is nationally reknowned for his vivid western scenes and cowboy imagery, and his work is currently on display at Sylvania’s Fuller Art House, located at 5679 Main Street.

Tegge said that all three artists have been Sight Center of Northwest Ohio clients. He hopes The Eyes of Artists shows that vision loss and impairment doesn’t mean limiting one’s creativity. “We want (people) to be inspired and to believe that anything is possible,” said Tegge. “A physical limitation does not limit a person’s dreams, creativity, goals or passions if they persevere and have the right tools.”

An artists reception for the The Eyes of Artists exhibit takes place on Thursday, July 11 from 5:30-7:30pm.
On view through the end of July.

American Frame, 400 Tomahawk Dr., Maumee.
For more information, visit The Sight Center of Northwest Ohio at sightcentertoledo.org.