Animal Selfies: Solely for Shi*z and Giggles, paintings by Annie Spear will be on display and for sale October 1-31 at Booklovers' Gourmet, 55 East Main Street in Webster, MA. Free and open to the public. Gallery hours: Monday 10-5, Tuesday-Friday 10-6:30, Saturday 10-5. Call 508-949-6232 for more information.
About the artist: Annie started oil painting at a very young age. Two of her oil paintings won local awards before she finished middle school. She also showed great interest in interior design by rearranging the furniture in her bedroom often driving her mother crazy. Annie received a degree in Auto Body and enjoyed painting cars. By twenty one she became a union steelworker painting industrial equipment. Never afraid to color outside the lines, in her own time she painted everything from rooms to houses. She even bought an old Victorian and spent years painting, wallpapering and yes, rearranging the furniture in all three floors and 15 rooms of it.
Annie had heart failure unexpectedly at the age of thirty two. She was the sixty sixth person ever to be diagnosed with a very rare heart disease called Giant Cell Myocarditis. The odds of survival were five years with a transplant likely in the first year. The last eight years she has had five different major organ failures including spending one summer in a coma. Eventually she was diagnosed with Systemic Lupus. Notable to work or get around well she decided to start painting on canvas again. Painting is a huge part of her healing. Her amazing faith and positive attitude is the only explanation of how she survived. Her hope is that her paintings make people laugh. Her goal is to add humor to fine art, a rare combination.