International Mouth Painter, Mariam Pare, brought her paintings to McCord Gallery & Cultural Center on Tuesday. This will be a celebration of a long-standing relationship between the artist and Palos Park, which began in 1999 when Mariam exhibited her art in the Palos Fine Arts “ARTRAIN” event held in the Johnson Lumber facility, now the AMTRAK station and parking area. A team, led by director Lynne Terr and McCord Artist Beth Leahy were on hand to welcome Mariam and assist her with The installation of her exhibit, which will hang in the new Anderson Annex from July 28th through August 5th. An artist reception will be held on Friday, August 4th from 6:30 to 8:30, to which the public is invited. Mariam became a mouth painter, which means she holds a paintbrush in her mouth instead of her hand, after surviving a random gunshot wound to the back of her spine, which left her paralyzed but not defeated. Now eighteen years later, she is still an artist, and a very accomplished one. Visit her website at mariampare.com for more information on the artist.
The McCord Gallery & Cultural Center is located at 9602 Creek Road, Palos Park. For hours visit their website at mccordgallery.org or call 708-671-0648.