Sue Felner grew up in New York in a very cultural family; her sister was a concert cellist, her brother was a talented musician, and her mother was a musician and artist.
Although she was born with a significant hearing loss in both ears, her mother made sure she never viewed herself as disabled. She played string instruments, wrote, and studied art, and enjoyed playing many sports.
Sue's passion and understanding for the disabled caused her to become a special needs teacher. She taught special needs students for 39 years in three different school districts. She also ran special needs programs in several schools and enjoyed providing support to families.
After retiring from the Broward County Schools, Sue's family inherited a large collection of paintings her mother painted. These paintings sat in a warehouse for 7 years until she recently connected up with Clare Vickery of Grace Arts FL and asked for her support in getting the art work out into the world for everyone to enjoy - a world that anything is possible. That hope is now coming to fruition as the art will be highlighted during the "Reinterpreting the Pioneer" Exhibit which opens in December in Fort Lauderdale.
It is the intention that part of the proceeds be used to create an after school program for autistic and regular education students to excel in the arts together.
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