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Abbey Freed: A Heart for Art

Abbey Freed paintingAbbey Freed completed a competitive application and interview process and was offered a full-tuition waiver to continue her arts education at Wenatchee Valley College this year.

"I appreciate how invested my instructors Scott (Bailey) and Majka (Sadel) are in the success of their students," Abbey said.

Wenatchee Valley Medical Center commissioned Abbey to create a painting for the newly remodeled cardiology department after attending a project fair at Wenatchee High School where one of her anatomical pieces caught their eye, she said. Her inspiration for the piece is the soft colors of the Eastern Washington landscape.

"I wanted to pay tribute to my health journey at the same time," she said. "It was easy for me to relate to sitting in the waiting room, feeling uncomfortable."

Abbey is no stranger to the cardiac floor. She’s had her share of health problems. Born with multiple heart defects, she’s had heart surgery twice, sustained two strokes and now suffers from palinopsia, a permanent visual distortion that causes persistent, trailed vision.

"It’s a blessing and a curse," she said. "I have to re-learn how to paint, but I have a unique visual perspective now. I plan to use this year on scholarship to explore my ability to convey that new perspective through art."

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