when words fail me, which is often, I paint. When words work for me and are available on time, I am surprised.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

First Love

Stuart Stein aka my first boyfriend and still one of my silent heros

Review Summary http://nytimes.com retrieved March 20, 2008.

Baltimore artist Dan Keplinger is the focus of this documentary short which first appeared on HBO. In 1985, when Keplinger was 12 years old, filmmakers Susan Hadary and Bill Whiteford began recording his life and periodically checked in on him over the next 13 years. Afflicted from birth with cerebral palsy, Keplinger was six years old when his parents divorced; his father wanted his son institutionalized, but his mother, Linda Ritter, insisted on raising him to lead as normal a life as possible. At 12, Keplinger was sent to a school for youngsters with disabilities but two years later, after a close friend died, he and his mother decided that a mainstream education was best for him. He had already begun painting by using a brush attached to a head brace. Laura Moore, a young student, befriended him and helped to tutor him, and his work began to appear in shows. During his senior year in high school, he moved into his own apartment, determined to be as independent as possible. Keplinger was accepted into the art program at Towson State University, outside of Baltimore. There, he met some resistance from several faculty members in the art department,

but Stuart Stein, an artist who was also a teacher at the university, took Keplinger under his wing, and Keplinger graduated, even managing to complete his sculpture requirement with the help of a computer. King Gimp won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Short Subject at the ceremony honoring 1999 releases. ~ Tom Wiener, All Movie Guide

Hi, I do not know exactly, what possessed me to check in on you on Google today, but I did. I learned of the "Gimp" movie and story just now. I don't know why there are so many things about you I fail to keep up with but I do know this- You are simply amazing. Way back then when we were so young, the arguments we had when I said I wanted to grow up and touch everyone I met. You would tell me how impossible and naive I was. Now, so many years later I learn, you are the one, who touches everyone with your divine and deep, deep heart. I am beyond words but not tears, love- S


Mercurious said...

Fascinating story. Thanks for sharing it.

TOM said...

nice story, wondeful to hear the stories of those that overcome their seemingly insurmountable infirmities and great to have people like Stuart Stein hellp to capture those moments for all of us to see.

Michelle O'Neil said...

Beautiful Stacy.

thirdworstpoetinthegalaxy said...

Great story. And I *love* this image.

Stacy said...

TWPITG, just checking to make sure it is clear, Stuart created that image, the link to some of his current work is there. He really is the best artist I have ever known, and I have known many. A sweet man too, need I mention.

Laura said...

Very cool! I love the image, too!