Legally Blind Artist & Photographer Ava Weinstein

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Part time Palm Springs resident Ava Weinstein was born legally blind; It didn’t take long to become clear to the little girl sporting “soda-pop” glasses, nothing was going to correct her vision; she was also faced the reality her sight would continue to diminish with age. In fact, the better part of her youth was spent in the care of doctors’ offices, hospitals and clinics, where she would undergo eye surgery from some of the world’s finest doctors; only to have each and every visit ending with her doctor saying “We’re sorry Ava, but there are no miracles for you today,’ she learned early in life, there would be no glasses or miracles to help her see the world as other people do.

Part time Palm Springs resident Ava Weinstein was born legally blind; It didn’t take long to become clear to the little girl sporting “soda-pop” glasses, nothing was going to correct her vision; she was also faced the reality her sight would continue to diminish with age. In fact, the better part of her youth was spent in the care of doctors’ offices, hospitals and clinics, where she would undergo eye surgery from some of the world’s finest doctors; only to have each and every visit ending with her doctor saying “We’re sorry Ava, but there are no miracles for you today," she learned early in life, there would be no glasses or miracles to help her see the world as other people do.

Armed with the painful truth, etched in her heart, she learned to live and develop her sight in a very unique way and her acceptance of being born legally blind helped her to embrace the almost “child-like”: quality of being able to see the “magic” in the world around her.

However the early years for Ava weren't always filled with magical adventure; for more than twenty years before heading her artistic calling, she worked two full time jobs; during the day she managed several successful restaurant franchises and by night she taught court mandated classes as a counselor for the county of Los Angeles.

Proof positive to anyone her vision impairment wasn't an obvious ailment; in fact it allowed her to retire early at the age of forty and begin pursuing her dream of being an artist. In fact, it’s her passion for life and “never give up” attitude which has made many of her amazing dreams come true.

To date Ava has had over 200 pieces of her original artwork exhibited in shows and galleries in the greater Los Angeles. area; her solo show in 2006 at the Gallery Noir, "An Evening of 100 Unique Moments." was originally intended for a one night only event, however due to the overwhelming response she received from gallery patron's the collection's run would continue.

In August 2008 Ava was chosen out of a pool of nearly 1,000 still photographers to shoot a music video for APL of the BlackEyed Peas and in 2009 she had the pleasure of working with up and coming star Jasmine V. and shoots the stills for her new music video with Baby Bash.

Ava recently completed a portrait of the Queen of Swaziland Africa, commissioned by HRH Queen Ndwandwe

Her passion for life is what keeps her happy and in the moment; knowing the day will come when she outlives her sight.

You can let yourself go and join Ava Weinstein for a moment in time when you allow yourself to look at the world once more, only this time, through Ava’s eyes.

For contact information regarding speaking engagements or for a showing of her work please contact me either by email at garyjordanpr(at)gmail(dot)com or by phone at 330.523.0793. If you’d like to see more of Ava’s world visit her website http://www.AvasEyes.com

All Images © Ava Weinstein - 1999-2010

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