California woman takes art world by storm

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An elderly California woman is taking the art world by storm.

Helen Rae was born with disabilities making it difficult for her to communicate, but she learned to express herself through art. Her work is now being shown in galleries around the world. 

Rae, The 80-year-old self-taught artist spends hours at her community arts center – creating one piece after another. 

The Good Luck Gallery Owner Paige Wery fell in love with Helen’s drawings at first sight and was shocked when she learned about the woman behind them. Helen was born deaf and with developmental disabilities that left her unable to speak.

She didn’t discover her love of art until she was in her early 50’s and has since created hundreds of drawings, many reflecting her love of fashion.

Paige gave Helen that show at her Los Angeles gallery. A solo exhibit at age 77. On opening night, every one of her pieces sold which kicked off an unexpected global career.

Her work commands a hefty price with some pieces selling for $3,400. Wery said, “I really think do think that those might be her in those pieces. She’s putting herself into the fashion, into the Houte Coture world and she can’t speak like you and I are speaking right now but this is her voice and it’s really powerful.”

Helen’s work has been displayed in Scotland, Belgium, and Japan. 

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