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Through the rest of February, the Betty Ehart Senior Center will be showcasing artwork from Nels Krakowski. An artist reception is 2-4 p.m. Feb. 21 at the senior center.
Krakowski, 40 was born in Santa Fe with a form a Down Syndrome. Krakowski has attended Special Education classes in Santa Fe (Agua Fria Elementary School), Albuquerque (Madison Middle School and Manzano High School) and Los Alamos High School, from where he graduated.
Krakowski has resided at the Peach Street Group Home for the past 20 years. “They (Peach Street staff) let him keep an easel in his room,” said father Robert Krakowski.
Although Nels doesn’t talk much, Robert Krakowski said it benefits his son to express himself in such a manner. He has taken many different art lessons over a 20 year span.
He has studied under the guidance of many artists in Los Alamos and Santa Fe, including painter Shelley Horton-Trippe. According to his resume, he has also studied with Roger Sweet, Ellen Koment, and Patrick Harris at the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos.
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