Artist’s Battle with Chronic Disease Highlighted



BAR HARBOR — Emily Bracale, a prominent painter and arts educator, has waged a battle with Lyme disease for years.

“Half an Apple,” acrylic, Emily Bracale
“Half an Apple,” acrylic, Emily Bracale

 

Her experience coping with the tick-borne illness is illuminated in “In the Lyme-Light: Portraits of Illness and Healing.” The art show runs through March 28 at the Ethel H. Blum Gallery on the College of Atlantic campus.

Bracale, a well-known artist and art teacher who has taught at the Acadia Waldorf, Conners-Emerson and Islesford School on Little Cranberry Island, produced the acrylic paintings and collages featured in the exhibit. A closing reception will be held in the artist’s honor from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 27.

Bracale, a 1990 COA graduate, draws upon styles as diverse as childlike stick figures and Leonardo da Vinci to depict her experiences of Lyme disease. One image, “Half an Apple,” refers to teaching under the influence of a neurological state commonly described as “brain fog,” while also dealing with the aches, pains and joint swelling associated with the illness. She did not, however, connect the mental symptoms to the physical.

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