Dale Kutz has spread an awareness of art in his community for many years, and even on hospice, he continues to do so.
Life Care Center of Medina, Ohio, where Kutz now resides, held an art show with support from his wife, Connie, and Hospice of Medina County on Jan. 16, 2018. About a dozen impressionist paintings of Kutz’s (in watercolor, pastel and acrylic) were on display at the skilled nursing and rehab center.
In addition to the center’s residents and associates taking time to appreciate Kutz’s skill, more than 40 guests attended. These visitors included the residents’ art teacher and some of Kutz’s past students from his 30 years as an art teacher in the Brunswick school district.
Kutz has ALS, otherwise known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, and used the art show as an opportunity to share about his condition. The progressive disease slowly reduces an individual’s ability to move and leads to respiratory failure.
“With this gallery, his devoted and loving family hopes to raise awareness of ALS and its progression,” said the bio sheet the hospice provided for the show. “May we all reflect today on how this life-altering disease affects both patients and their families.”
“This was his wife’s gift to him,” said Samantha Kern, admissions and marketing director at Life Care Center of Medina.
Kutz has a master’s degree in art and has used his art many times to address social issues. His artwork has been featured throughout Ohio, and many members of the community remember him for his contributions to set design for local theater groups.