At 56 years old, Camden artist Renata Merrill has crossed a special milestone off the bucket list.
This month, her first solo art exhibit opened at Camden Fireworks, a non-profit aiming to create social change through the arts.
Merrill’s exhibit, “New Beginnings,” features several quilts she created as an avenue to heal from a severe ailment.
In 2012, doctors discovered a tumor in her left eye. As a result, she began to lose her sight.
Quilting gave her a chance to renew her vision and strengthen her focus, she said.
“I needed an avenue to get better. I did not want to remain weak or sick,” Merrill said.
The exhibit is on display until Feb. 19.
Check out our video interview with Merrill.