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Works From 3 Blind Artists Featured In Dallas Exhibit

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DALLAS (CBS 11 NEWS) - Three artists were recently in Dallas for an exhibition of their work. Their talents prove one doesn’t need ‘an eye for detail’ to produce exceptional work.

Many art lovers, around the world, have already seen the unusual works that were on display at Samuel Lynne Galleries in Dallas.

But the artists themselves have never seen the works, and they never will — because they are blind.

“I’ve had cameras for a long time. But, I never took it serious until I went totally blind,” explained artist Pete Eckert.

Eckert, who lives in California, suffered from an eye disease and completely lost his vision 16 years ago.

Since then, he’s relied on memory, sight and touch. He memorizes everything; from the way he takes a photo to how he develops it.

His sighted friends give him feedback on the ones they like best and Eckert chooses which to print.

Denton artist John Ramblitt paints from memory. The raised paint he uses helps him stay in line.

“I thought blindness would be a sort of dark sort of world. But it’s turned out to be extremely colorful, extremely bright,” he said.

Rare epileptic seizures completely took Ramblitt’s sight 10 years ago.

It’s been more than 40 years since Michael Naranjo, of New Mexico, was blinded in Vietnam. “I have prostheses in both eyes,” he said.

Despite his circumstance Naranjo is able to sculpt.

The gallery exhibition of three internationally acclaimed artists, who are blind, was a first in Dallas and possibly the nation.

Judy Scott, with the American Foundation for the Blind, said the display shows one thing. “With the right tools and skills, you can still achieve your dreams.”

The American Foundation for the Blind sponsored the gallery showing. The organization helps people who have lost or are losing their sight, become independent.

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