Mauree Childress - Wisconsin
Mauree likes to combine textiles together with painting. She uses fiber reactive procion dyes, and various techniques, to dye the canvas. Then she paints with acrylics to tell a story or share a feeling, “say” something, or simply to enjoy colors.
Mauree's degree was in Art and Art Education. She taught Art, then spent over 30 years in the wonderful world of television advertising (in sales and sales management.) As she got older, she wanted to help people so she joined the local American Red Cross as a development director. She finished her career at the Neville Public Museum Foundation in development and marketing.
Mauree has made art all of her life. She did textiles, including wearables, for many years. Her textiles were in exhibitions in a gallery in the Door County area, and in gift shops.
In 2013, she had an incomplete spinal cord injury caused by a rare autoimmune neurological disorder, called Transverse Myelitis, and was paralyzed from the waist down. She no longer could manage the physical challenges of her work in textiles. So, she started painting in 2015 and decided to incorporate some textile techniques in her paintings.
Mauree is now retired and living in the Milwaukee area in an accessible house. She is painting, working on gaining mobility, advocating for people with disabilities, and is a docent at the Milwaukee Art Museum.
Awareness/Advocacy for People with Disabilities
Mauree speaks to groups, and uses activism to make safer, more accessible, public spaces for people with disabilities. There are such simple, welcoming ways you can help. Or, learn about the etiquette of disabilities. (Milwaukee area in accessible buildings or spaces.)