Art Therapy

Artist Freihaut shares life
with illness at Gallery 104 exhibit

Her work will appear
through April 3 in La Grange

Staff Report

(March 20009) – “Living on the Edge of Reason – Life with MS,” featuring the art of Rebecca Freihaut, will be displayed March 3 through April 3 at the Arts Association of Oldham County’s Gallery 104, 104 E. Main St., in La Grange, Ky. An artist reception and silent auction will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, March 6. Proceeds from the auction will benefit The Louisville Comprehensive Care Multiple Sclerosis Center at 250 E. Liberty St.

Rebecca Freihaut Art

Photo provided

Rebecca Freihaut uses art as therapy
for dealing with her husband’s
multiple sclerosis.

In recent years the subject of disability has become the focus of her work – a subject that is close to her heart. Her husband, Adam, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1995, four years before the couple were married. Though she was aware of his diagnosis, Adam had not yet exhibited many outward signs of the disease.
Still active, his illness only necessitated an injection every other day. As Rebecca says, “We were aware people with MS ended up in wheelchairs, but it wasn’t real to us yet. We were young and it wasn’t something we dwelled on.”
However, in 2001, reality hit hard with increasing changes in Adam’s gait. He refused to use a cane until it became absolutely necessary and remains ambulatory, using a walker most of the time and occasionally a wheelchair. With the help of a new medication, Adam’s condition has stabilized. For him the hardest thing is slowly losing his independence and ability to provide for his family.
For now, he continues to work full time for the Jefferson County Public Schools as an educational interpreter for the deaf, but that could change at any time. When asked what the hardest thing is for her, Rebecca says, “I’m watching someone slowly die right in front of me. We will all die but most people aren’t confronted with it everyday. Anyone dealing with this disease knows exactly what I mean.”
Freihaut lives with her husband and two children in Oldham County, where she works as a real estate agent with a special interest in accessibility in housing. She also conducts a weekly art class for second and third graders at New Song Academy in Louisville.

• For more information, call Gallery 104 at (502) 222-3822 between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. or visit: www.gallery104.org.

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