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Pavilion Spotlight: artist Tim Lowly inspired by daughter

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28 years ago Temma came into this world.

The daughter of artist Tim Lowly, Temma is her father's favorite subject.

"It's all about how important she is to Tim now and how she's become the center of Tim's life," said Suzanne Ledeboer, the Washington Pavilion's Visual Arts Center projects coordinator. "And, how he's worked through some problems and how he's just come to appreciate who she is."

Temma has cerebral palsy, meaning she has very little brain function. Her disability sparked her father to use his artistic platform to tell people they should be advocates and see children like Temma as human beings, rather than separating them from society.

"Some people are really moved by it, especially who have experienced it or know somebody with a disability," said Ledeboer. "We've also had some who find it a little disturbing and think the artist is being disrespectful, which is the total opposite."

On Friday, November 8th Tim Lowly will be at the Washington Pavilion to talk about Temma and his work. He also invites the community wherever his work is being showcased to participate by painting tiny black dots on the background of one of his pieces.

"(It's) kind of a meditative experience because you have to paint them as small as you can and as close together and you have to count them while you paint them, because he keeps a tally of how many dots are painted."

If you are interested in meeting with Tim Lowly next weekend, here's a timeline of events:

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