Westport resident Amy Oestreicher, a 27-year-old actress, musician, orator, writer, and artist, will be featured at Canvas Talk: A Forum of Dreams at Tusk & Cup Fine Coffee in Ridgefield on Saturday, Feb. 28, from 5 to 8 p.m.
Her work will be on display starting on Jan. 26.
The fulfillment of Ms. Oestreicher’s dream to act was shockingly interrupted when, at the age of 18, she suffered a blood clot that left her in a coma for months and unable to eat or drink for more than three years. Almost 30 surgeries later, Ms. Oestreicher is still courageously fighting medical setbacks, and uses her painting and mixed media creations to transcend 10 years of emotional and physical trauma.
Her art demonstrates her journey into daylight and into a life of normalcy, which she is still traveling. Ms. Oestreicher’s work explores complicated themes of betrayal, leaping into the void, uncertainty, fate, flight, and rising up from ashes.
In addition to her commitment to art, Ms. Oestreicher’s passion for life has driven her to start her own chocolate business, begin a food blog, star in musicals, train in karate, teach nursery school, and write a play as well as an autobiography.
Refusing to allow her medical circumstances to pose limits on her passion for life, she accomplished her biggest dream to date, which was to tell her story in the medium she’s always loved best — the theater.
In 2012, she wrote and starred in Gutless & Grateful: A Musical Feast, a one-woman musical about her unique journey.
Ms. Oestreicher’s art portrays her mission to keep her spirit alive, as well as her quest for knowledge, joy and experience. She specializes in acrylics, mixed media and collage.
The opening reception will be held on Saturday, Feb. 28, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Tusk & Cup Fine Coffee in Ridgefield. The public is invited to enjoy food and drink and live music. Ms. Oestreicher’s work will be on view through the end of April. More information may be found at www.amyoes.com and at http://www.tuskandcup.com/.