The Story of Mrs. Hsieh
Hellen Hsieh, successful owner of Design Loft, dedicates her free time to Abilities United as their volunteer Art Curator. In addition to selecting, preparing and framing the original works of art, she also spearheaded Abilities United’s participation in the Silicon Valley Open Studio tours (SVOS) as well as dozens of other Bay Area venues to showcase and promote the art created by participants of Abilities United. Hellen has also hosted an art show of the Abilities United artists at her Design Loft grand opening.
Ms. Hsieh’s efforts are inspirational, “I want other people to see the beautiful artwork individuals with disabilities are capable of creating; to help people see their talent and ability rather than their disability. This is an opportunity to give these artists a public space to display their work.”
Ms. Hsieh has been with Abilities United for nearly three years and her impact is not left unnoticed. She was honored with the President’s Volunteer award for her 200+ hours of service for her art curating. Her volunteer efforts have been highlighted in the San Jose Mercury News, Menlo Park Almanac and Mountain View Voice. Hellen’s contributions have made possible art shows at Silicon Valley cafes, libraries, city buildings and corporations. One of those installations was at Cisco Systems where all 27 pieces of artwork by artists from Abilities United sold to Cisco employees.
Ms. Hsieh’s contributions as an Art Curator are most definitely appreciated by everyone at Abilities United, especially the artists themselves whose self-confidence and passion for art increases with each exhibit and sale.
Ms. Hsieh has definitely “drawn” the attention and hopes of many community members and friends of Abilities United.