Blind Artist Has Vision

by Danielle Cotterman on July 10, 2011 at 8:12 am

Saturday’s heat wasn’t enough to stop some local artists from showcasing their work.

The Zanesville Home Depot hosted their 2nd Annual Art Show. At Home Service Coordinator, Frank Berlo, teamed up with the Y-Bridge Art Festival to sponsor what he calls a mini-event.

"All kinds of art from making necklaces, to full blown portraits, caricatures," said Berlo. "We have a person who makes art work out of scrap farm supplies, makes sculptures. So it’s a huge assortment."

The man who makes these sculptures is Rick Crooks, who amazingly enough is blind. Crooks lost his sight at age sixteen when he was accidentally shot by a .22  pistil. Crooks said although he has lost his sight, he hasn’t lost his passion.

"I can visualize in my head because I was fortunate enough when I was little, before I became blind, I had seen everything, or a bunch of things," explained Crooks. "I just don’t have any problem I know what things look life before and animals they haven’t changed any."

Crooks collects and uses scrap material from flea markets, yard sales, and auctions to create his sculptures. For more details on Crooks life or to see more of his work visit his website at