Local artist aims to continue work with vision aid

Local Artist Bill Lawson is suffering from vision loss and a benefit is being held in his honor on Saturday, March 23, from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Lumpkin County Park and Rec at 365 Riley Road in Dahlonega. 

The Lawsons are hoping to raise money to help pay for bioptic telescopic glasses that will allow him to regain the ability to drive and create new artwork. 

The evening will include soup beans with cornbread, hot dogs, an old fashion cake walk, music and an auction, featuring Bill Lawson art, local arts and crafts, and canned goods. 

Lori Vickery, Bill’s daughter, told The Nugget that the goal is to raise at least $3,000, and that any left over funds would be donated to research for vision loss. “Our goal is $3,000, which will cover travel expenses for doctor visits to Lebanon, Tennessee, as well as the glasses, which are $2,400 a pair,” she said.

Lawson is hoping to get his art life back with the help of the new spectacles. “Not everyone qualifies for these glasses,” Vickery said. “He’s really excited about them, but there’s also an adjustment and learning period for the glasses to work. He lost some of his independence and him not being able to be an artist is like most of us not being able to breathe.”

Lawson was unable to even identify his daughters in the doctor’s office in Tennessee, but that changed the first time he put on the new glasses. “He saw us for the first time in we don’t know how long, and his lip started quivering,” Vickery told The Nugget. “It was a really emotional moment and these glasses give people their life back. And when we saw how being able to see again affected him, we said ‘That’s it, he’s got to have them.’”

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