The Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library and the National Federation of the Blind Rio Grande Valley Chapter invite the public to the “Inspiraciones de Vida/Inspirations of Life” art reception to be held on Thursday, June 22, at 6 p.m.

The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) is the largest and oldest organization of blind individuals in the United States. Established in 1940, it has more than 50,000 members. The purpose of the NFB is to promote equal opportunities in employment, education, and social and recreational activities for those who are blind. Based on this principle, the local RGV Chapter encourages its members to explore and discover sensations and emotions through the Arts. Since 2015, local members have turned to the art of painting to express their emotions.

In the "Inspiraciones de Vida/Inspirations of Life" Art Exhibit, the artists express their emotions, feelings, sensations, and their life experiences through the eyes of the blind.

Using colors and textures, the artists communicate through the canvas what their eyes cannot see but their hearts and minds live. With this exhibit, visitors will feel colors and emotions that can only be seen with the heart.

Featured artists include Daniel Martinez, Veronica Martinez, Alberto Rolando Hernandez, Jesse Garza Jr. Marina Cruz, Pedro Aguirre, Melina Delgado, Edson Leija, Josefina Meza, Amori Pescina and Macarena Pena. All students at the Monica Ramirez Art Studio in McAllen, Tx. known for offering classes for people with special needs.

Library and Cultural Arts Director, Letty Leija says she and her staff are excited and honored to host this very special exhibit. “It not only reflects the creativity of the artists but also speaks to the soul.”

For more information on this special art, event contact Soledad Nuñez at 956-383-6246 or via e-mail at