Rebekha and Carey Watson; Mike and Linda Dragonette

I am so Inspired by the Coca-cola Company. I was one of six people included in the Coca-cola Company’s ‘National Disability Employment Awareness Month’ program. I was the only artist. The folks at Coca-cola read about me in an article in our newspapers. The article focused on me being a visual artist painting while having lost most of my vision. They contacted Watson Gallery, here in Atlanta, Ga., which represents my work. Della Patteson and Meri Cotney met with Carey and Rebekha Watson and picked out the paintings for the exhibition. This was to be  a solo exhibition of my paintings. The show ‘A Strong Workforce is a Inclusive Workforce’ ran from October 5, 2012 through November 2, 2012. My paintings were hung in a beautiful long gallery that opens up into this beautiful room full of windows where the 207 flags from around the world are hung- which represents the countries where Coca-cola is sold. They are the United Nations of the corporate world. They did such an excellent job of promoting my work. Their program truly focuses on what we can do in spite of our limitations. They focus on rising above the challenge. The four representatives from Coca-cola are Steve Bucherati- Chief Diversity Officer; Della Patteson- Senior Facilities Design Client Manager; Cathy Clark- Workplace Fairness Consultant and Meri Cotney- Diversity and Workplace Fairness Consultant. These people are truly remarkable. They are so smart, down to earth and just plain fun to be around. What a terrific place to work.

Rebekha Watson, Mike and Linda Dragonette, Della Patteson, Meri Cotney, Steve Bucherati and Cathy Clark

Carey and Rebekha Watson, Mike (my wonderful husband) and me

 

 

Della Patteson and me, explaining my abstract painting. She is such  a lovely and encouraging person.