Patty Knupp’s artwork to be featured July 16 at Carriage Factory Art Gallery
Carriage Factory Art Gallery, 128 E. Sixth St., Newton, will celebrate the art of Patty Knupp and honor her courageous life in a special exhibit of selected pieces of her artwork Thursday, July 16, 6 to 8 p.m., in the mezzanine gallery. Her art will be on display and for sale through September 10.
Patty Knupp was a wife, mother, manager of her household, award-winning artist and art teacher. She also was paralyzed, except for movement of her head and slight movement in her left wrist.
Knupp was stricken with polio the day after she gave birth to her daughter Alika. She was flown to a hospital in Omaha where she stayed for almost two years. She and her family then moved to Newton, where she had grown up. Although she was confined to a bed, she accomplished activities with the help of her family, including her daughters, Margie, Alika and Kathy.
She had been interested in painting before she contracted polio, and she developed the interest further. She had help attaching a sling onto her arm at the wrist and elbow, taping a brush onto two fingers of her left hand. That’s how she painted. She taught basic art to anyone who was interested — from preschool age to adult. They started with sketching, then did still life and watercolors. She used a respirator attached to her chest to help her breathe. Despite her physical limitations, she lived life to the fullest, sharing her love of art with others.
The July 16 event is free and open to the public. Music will be provided by Barrick Wilson on piano, and refreshments will be served.
For more information, contact the gallery at 316-284-2749.