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Jun 27 2011

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Local artist shows Christ in new way

Joe Lopez’s rendition of The Christ made of sand and paint brings hope to the people of Port Isabel. (Staff photo by Scarlet O’Rourke)

By SCARLET O’ROURKE
Staff Writer

Joe Lopez, 50, was diag­nosed with Cerebral Palsy 10 years ago, yet despite his hand­icap, he found the skill to share Christ with any he believes needs to see Him.

In two years’ time, Lopez has sketched more than 300 portraits of The Christ and giv­en them away to people he felt needed to see the face of God – all this without more than his high school art classes for train­ing.

“Their reaction is very posi­tive, very sentimental. It touch­es a lot of people,” Lopez said. “What I found out is that it af­fects everybody in a good way. No matter where you come from or who you are, it always has a good impact on the per­son.”

For more on this story, pick up a copy of the June 27 edition of the Port Isabel South Padre Press or check out our E-edition by clicking here.

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