Plunge into the Arts

Plunge into the Arts


Wednesday, August 23, 2023    
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


Plunge Beach Resort
4660 El Mar Drive, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, FL, 33308

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Please join us for our Plunge Into The Arts Artist Open House featuring the work of Margie-Lee Rodriguez and Sean Brushingham Wednesday, August 23rd at 6:00 pm at Plunge Beach Resort.

Registration and your first glass of wine are complimentary!

Parking is $5 cash per vehicle. please pay at the Valet stand upon arrival.

Click here for registration and more information.

About Margie-Lee: Born in Puerto Rico in 1966, Margie-Lee was a “normal” but hyperactive infant. She was nonverbal and, at age 2 fell in the bathtub and hit her head quite hard. This may have caused some Cerebral Palsy, which explains her slurred speech. She did not talk until age 10 and was diagnosed as “severely mentally retarded”. She started grade school at 13 and graduated from 9th grade at age 21. Her father did not let her attend high school for fear of what the normal kids would do to her. Kept home, she stayed in her room drawing and reading dictionaries and encyclopedias. Her father died in 1996, and then it was just her and her 73-year-old mother. They lived like hermits in Puerto Rico, having little to do with the outside world. Her mother died on January 1, 2009, and her sister from West Palm Beach, where she has been living since, took charge of her.

Margie-Lee has blossomed into a “severely talented individual” capable of creating beautiful works of art, jewelry, and ceramics. She makes her own stencils and uses them over and over in her artwork. She paints in acrylic and embellishes her art from time to time. She works at The Arc/Palm Beach Habilitation Center, has won several Gold Medals with Special Olympics and is a member of Artists With Autism. Art is her passion.

Thank you for purchasing this work of art. Additional prints and information or custom cards and jewelry at…or 786-942-1165.

About Sean: Sean is a smart, funny, talented 25 year-old student with autism. From the age of 4 he exhibited an innate talent for drawing and art. He brings a fresh and unique perspective that is not encumbered by traditional constraints. Sean’s complete acceptance of other people regardless of gender, race, religion or disability quickly ingratiates everyone he meets to him. Others are impressed by his memory, ability with numbers and names, and love his genuine innocence. Sean enjoys boating, bowling and playing board games. One of his paintings is on the cover of a new book, “Autism and the Church”. He also made a butterfly painting for Dolly Parton in 2019.