I am in The Cleveland Jewish News!

I am in the Cleveland Jewish News! I feel gleeful and happy. We went to the Landhuis Bloemhof Gallery in Willemstad, Curacao and we saw my artwork. Philmore came to my house. Philmore, Debra and I went to Tommy's Restaurant on Thursday, September 6, 2012. We are going to the Toronto Golf Tournament on Monday, September 24, 2012. We are driving to Canada, and the drive is about 5 1/2 hours long. I will be near the golf course painting so people can see me. I am drawing several plants in my garden. The Autumn/Fall is next week. I will do Fall drawings in my garden. Beja Alisheva came to my house and we walked to The Dobama Theatre and we were not able to see the show. Lois and Douglas were over for Rosh Hashanah on Sunday, September 16, 2012. I ate vegetables, brisket, kugel and 2 desserts at my house.

Autism organization celebrates 

decade of ‘Milestones’

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Posted: Friday, September 14, 2012 3:30 pm

From life-size horses and unicorns in primary colors to a series of self-portraits, intricate scenes of Galapagos Islands and Manhattan, and numerous seascapes with whales, Seth Chwast’s artistic output is diverse, bold and prolific. Sixty of his paintings have sold from $1,000 to $10,000 each, but most of his 600 paintings are displayed throughout the large four-story house in Cleveland Heights in which he and his mother Debra live.
Chwast, 29, is autistic. Painting changed his world. When he was 18, a vocational evaluation recommended a career in dry mopping. However, when Chwast took his first art class at age 20 at The Cleveland Museum of Art in 2003, he found his calling. At 23, he was featured on NBC’s “Today” show for his artwork and story.

Chwast’s artwork will be on display and for sale at Milestones Autism Organization’s 10th anniversary celebration at 6:45 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at Cleveland Marriott East in Warrensville Heights. A portion of the proceeds from Chwast’s paintings will be donated to Milestones.
In addition to Seth Chwast’s works, the gala will feature the music of acclaimed jazz pianist Matt Savage, 20, who was diagnosed with autism as a young child. WKYC news anchor Amanda Barren will serve as emcee. A tribute book created by Milestones and Cleveland Jewish News will be presented to participants. The celebration will honor four founding board members who helped launch Milestones a decade ago: Chantal Akerib, Bart Bookatz, Carol Lader and Sally Wertheim.
Debra Chwast praised Milestones for providing wonderful support for families.
“He is an icon of hope for the families of autistic children,” she said of her son. “Seth has terrific pride in his work.” For Seth, art show openings and book signings featuring his work are his “life events,” she said. “Every opening and book signing is a life event for him.”
Diagnosed with severe autism as a toddler, Chwast seemed trapped in his own insular universe, said his mother, who wrote the book “An Unexpected Life – A Mother and Son’s Story of Love, Determination, Autism and Art.” Aside from being a memoir, the book showcases her son’s artwork and carries a message of hope.
Seth Chwast has painted abstracts, islands, cityscapes, rollercoasters, skyscrapers, comets and northern lights and also sculpted numerous animals, both real and fantasy. He painted several island scenes for the opening of the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands. His postage stamp depicting a mythical creature came in first in the world in a United Nations competition, launched in recognition of World Autism Day, April 2, 2012.
“Manhattan Floating,” a mural 11 feet by 26 feet, is Seth’s largest project to date. Consisting of 104 individual 16-by-24-inch panels completed in acrylic, the painting premiered at the Time Equities building at 55 Fifth Ave. in Manhattan on Nov. 9, 2010. The painting depicts the island’s skyline in bright colors along with amusement rides, sea scenes and a sunlit sky.
“Seth is very happy,” his mother said. “He keeps me hopping. He wants to travel, he wants (gallery) openings and he wants book signings. I have to keep creating the wheel, and I work on it two to eight hours a day every day of my life.”
Helping Seth stay on task is a steady stream of art students and graduates from The Cleveland Institute of Art. “They love working with Seth,” Debra Chwast said.
Milestones Autism Organization was founded in 2003 by Ilana Hoffer Skoff, now executive director, and Mia Buchwald Gelles, operations director, to promote lifelong strategies of success for individuals with autism, from childhood through adulthood. To improve the level of educational and therapeutic programming available to individuals with autism, Milestones focuses on training professionals, paraprofessionals and parents in research-based, successful educational interventions.  
“For a decade, Milestones has been helping families and professionals navigate the barriers that autism poses,” Hoffer Skoff said. “We invite you to celebrate our accomplishments and look ahead to our future.”
What: Milestones Autism Organization’s 10th anniversary celebration
When: 6:45 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3
Where: Cleveland Marriott East, 26300 Harvard Road, Warrensville Heights
Cost: $175
Info: 216-464-7600 or www.milestones.org

We went to Tommy's. Seth's artwork is at Tommy's. Philmore Hart took a photo of  my sculpture. The photo is at The Tommy's Restaurant in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. This is me in front of the photo. I feel proud. 

Manhattan Floating - sketches for the boat (diptych)
graphite on vellum
14 x 34

Seth's version of cars by M. C. Escher
paper collage
24.75 x 18

Grand Central Station with 2 Fantasy Dragons
acrylic on canvas   

Grand Central Station is in Manhattan. I used DecoColor black opaque paint marker. The Grand Central sign is in front of the Grand Central Station building. The Metlife building is behind the Grand Central Station. The two Dragons are flying. The Dragons feel gleeful.

Washington Square Archway with Griffin and Tree with Many Red Birds
acrylic on canvas
31.5 x 40
The Griffin is flying in the air. The Griffin is a mythical creature. The Griffin is red. The trees have many birds. The birds are red. This painting feels enthusiastic.

The Man in the Sun
acrylic on canvas
36x 36
The man in the sun feels excited and glad. The sun has different hues of reds, candy apples, red fireworks, red cake frostings, candy canes, red firetrucks, red fire hydrants, red ketchups, red tomatoes, red tomato soups, red tomato sauces, red pizza sauces, red roses, red peppers, oranges, orange cake frostings, orange fireworks, orange popsicles, carrots, apricots, peaches, tangerines and yellow greens. The background sky has different hues of blues and greens.

The Four Men in the Fantasy Suns
acrylic on canvas
The four suns feel gleeful and glad and happy. The four fantasy suns are each in panels. The panel has different hues of greens in the background. One sun has different hues of purples, lavenders, lilacs, purple grapes, purple pansies, purple cake frostings, purple fireworks, purple eggplants and purple raspberries. The one sun has different hues of blues, blue skies, blue waters, blue pansies, blue poppies, blue cake frostings, blue raspberries, blueberries, blue plums, light blues, dark blues, blue oceans and blue fireworks. The one sun has different hues of greens, green apples, green grasses, green grapes, green limes, green honeydews, green mint, green lettuces, green leaves, green cake frostings, green avocados, green celeries, and green fireworks. The one sun has different hues of pinks, pink roses, pink cotton candies, hot pinks, dark pinks, light pinks, pink strawberries, pink watermelons, pink cake frostings and pink fireworks.

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