The El Paso Museum of History announces the book presentation of Colors of the Wind. This book relates the life of George Mendoza and was written by J.L. Powers.
George Mendoza, a native of Las Cruces started going blind at age 15. He lost his central vision and started seeing things that weren’t there. He describes this condition as having “kaleidoscope eyes.” He triumphed over his blindness by setting the world record of 4:28 in the mile for blind runners in 1980, and later competing in both the 1984 Olympics for the Disabled. Now a full-time artist- who, ironically, paints what he sees- Mendoza's collection of paintings, also titled Colors of the Wind, is a National Smithsonian Affiliates traveling exhibit.
This is George’s story, told through his paintings. The book will be officially released to bookstores on September 1, 2014; this is the public’s chance to get a sneak peak, to buy an early copy of the book, and to meet the author-artist pair. Learn more at www.georgemendoza.com.
J.L. Powers, a native of El Paso and a graduate of UTEP’s MFA program in Creative Writing, is the award-winning author of several novels for young adults. She can be visited online at www.jlpowers.net.