Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Announcement: Virtual Ability Presents Tucker Stilley Art Exhibit


Virtual Ability announces the opening of an exhibit by Tucker Stilley in the Cape Able Art Gallery on Tuesday, January 5, 2021, from noon to 2pm SLT.

Tucker is an artist in four genres: music, film, lifestyle and painting. This gallery show displays 20 of his works. Tucker has ALS (amyotropic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s Disease) which has resulted in progressive paralysis of his body as it leaves his mind and creativity intact. He has come to a deep understanding of the frailty of the human condition over the past 15 years.

Tucker has had a Second Life account since about 2005. Over the years, as his disease progressed, he has used a variety of assistive technology, not only to access Second Life, but also to create his art. Most recently he has used eye gaze technology.

However, now that he can no longer reliably control even his eyelids, he will not be able to attend the opening event. His sister Kate Stilley Steiner, a documentary filmmaker, will be available to respond to questions. Music for dancing will be provided by DJ Suln Heartsong.

Treasure Ballinger, curator of the Gallery, said, "As estate manager for Cape Able, and a member of the Virtual Ability Executive Team, I'm honored to facilitate the exhibit by Tucker Stilley.  His love of art is apparent, as well as his obvious determination to 'get it done'.  Welcome to Excellence!"

The general public is reminded that if you are unable to attend the gallery opening on Tuesday between noon and 2pm SLT, you can visit the sim at any time during January to see this impressive exhibition.

The SLURL to the Cape Able Art Gallery is: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Cape%20Able/115/121/23

For more information about Tucker Stilley and views of other collections of his artwork, please see his website: http://www.tuckerstilley.com/About-the-artist.cfm

For information about amyotropic lateral sclerosis: https://www.als.org/understanding-als/what-is-als

Virtual Ability promotes the Ability of persons with DISability by showcasing artwork by artists with disabilities. For more information about Virtual Ability, please see our website: https://virtualability.org
Gentle Heron

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