April is National Autism Awareness month and the library is celebrating by showcasing the art work of local resident Max Reel in our display case.
Max is a 27 year old young man from Cohasset who was diagnosed with autism at the age of 2. He is a Cohasset High School graduate and has worked as a Library Page at Paul Pratt Library since 2009. He has studied art all his life, starting at Derby Summer Arts and grade school and continuing at Cohasset High School, Quincy College and Bridgewater State University. He currently takes ceramics at the South Shore Art Center and acrylics at Liz Boston. Max is inspired to draw, paint and sculpt things that interest him, especially his two pugs, Eugene and Ella! His many other inspirations include cartoon characters from children’s picture books, Looney Tunes, Nicktoons, Cartoon Network, Disney and video games. Max also enjoys creating small, very detailed works with Sculpey clay that he often turns into earrings or other pieces of jewelry that have brought joy to family and friends alike. His unique, personalized, hand-drawn greeting cards are often considered collector’s items by many recipients. Some of his cards are reproductions of his painted works as well. In addition to creating art, Max enjoys his library job and various volunteer jobs, cooking, visiting museums (especially art museums), traveling and spending time with his family and his two pugs. Max is especially proud that he shares a birthday with one of his favorite artists, Dr. Seuss!