ABERDEEN, S.D. – Northern State University students Lauren Marshall and Michaela Glugla are among the artists whose work will be on display at the 2014 Dare to Dream Conference Gallery Art Show.
The art show will be Monday, June 9, in the Aberdeen Ramkota Hotel’s indoor courtyard. An artist reception will be 5:30-6:30 p.m. The reception and art show, which features original artwork by people with disabilities, are free and open to the public.
The Dare to Dream Conference, set for June 8-10 at the Ramkota, is a biennial event for people with disabilities, their parents and caretakers. The conference is sponsored by a variety of South Dakota based organizations and coordinated by the South Dakota Coalition of Citizens with Disabilities.
Out of 55 artists who submitted work for the art show, eight individuals and three groups were chosen.
Glugla, who will be displaying photos at the art show, is an Aberdeen native whose severe carpal tunnel syndrome turned into a permanent disability. She started taking pictures in 2011, traveling the countryside with her dogs, Bailey and Molly.
“Originally it was just to get out of the house and for something to do, but we got to see things that I never knew were out there, and it brought back my passion for photography,” Glugla said.
She attended Willmar Technical College 1991-93 for film photography and is now a part-time student of NSU’s commercial art program
. Glugla, whose main interests are wildlife, landscape and macro photography, hopes to someday support herself with photography work. Glugla, who was used to working 40-plus hours a week before developing her disability, said she now lives one day at a time.
“Yes, my hands can limit me, but I still try to live and enjoy things,” she said.
Marshall, who will have paintings on display, said she started painting at age 8 after watching Bob Ross paint his “happy trees” on TV.
Marshall has phenylketonuria, or PKU, which prevents the body from producing the enzymes needed to break down protein in food. She follows a strict diet, including a protein supplement. She credits her mom, Patti Marshall, and her grandparents, Lois Junker and the late Clarence Junker, for her now living healthy and happy.
“They have always encouraged me and told me that I could be anything I wanted to be,” Marshall said. “They are the reason I paint.”
Photos: Glugla (top), Marshall; painting by Marshall (bottom left), photograph by Glugla