- Associated Press - Saturday, April 15, 2017

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) - Huntington ophthalmologist and artist Dr. Stephanie A. Skolik recently had exhibitions of her paintings in Brussels and Mexico City.

Skolik has found a way to make her artwork accessible to those who have vision loss, using clay to create 3-D tactile bio-reliefs, which are also labeled in Braille. This “Oculus Luminaire” or “Vision Window” enables people who are blind or have very low vision to experience paintings by touching the clay pieces while listening to descriptions of the works, which can be downloaded to their smartphones by QR codes, according to a news release.

The Brussels show, called “Touch to See,” included 35 paintings and companion clay pieces. Sponsored by the City of Brussels and The Belgian Ophthalmologic Society, the exhibit ran Jan. 26-29 at The Flagery, Maison Malibran. About 2,000 people attended the show.

The Mexico City show, called “Inner and Outer Vision of Torah Commentary,” had two exhibits in Mexico City, each with the same 42 paintings and clays. The shows at the Pedro Gerson Gallery and the Instituto Cultural Mexico-Israel were the result of Charleston attorney Stephen Meyer and his daughter Julie exchanging letters discussing the Torah over a two-year period.

Skolik’s art was featured in a one-woman show at the Huntington Museum of Art in November 2014.



Skolik grew up in Huntington and graduated from Marshall University, followed by medical school at the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine. She completed 10 years of post-medical school training at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the National Institutes of Health, Washington University in St. Louis, as well as a retinal surgery fellowship at Yale University. She remained on the faculty at Yale before returning to Huntington to serve on the Marshall medical school faculty. During her time teaching at the MU medical school, she was also a Visiting Scientist at the National Eye Institute in Bethesda, Maryland. Currently Skolik sees patients at the Huntington Retina Center, which she founded in 2000.

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