Everyday Heroes

Quadriplegic Artist Sells Drawings To Help Run-Down Museum

Wait until you see how she creates her beautiful artwork. You'll be amazed!

Even though he died 67 years before she was born, artist Jessica Jewett can relate to Civil War hero Joshua Chamberlain.

Jewett was born with a rare defect and is quadriplegic, meaning her arms and legs are paralyzed. Chamberlain was severely wounded during the Second Battle of Petersburg in 1864, and even though he became disabled, he went on to achieve great things.

"He got shot through the pelvis and it was in such a way that it debilitated him for the rest of his life," Jewett said in an interview with CBS News. "But he was still able to become governor of Maine and president of Bowdoin College,"

Fun fact: The actor Jeff Daniels played Chamberlain in the movie Gettysburg and again, ten years later, in Gods and Generals.Jessica Jewett/Facebook

When Jewett visited Chamberlain's 200-year-old home in Brunswick, ME, which is now a museum, she was shocked at its condition.

This gave Jewett an idea.

While she couldn't make a financial donation, she decided to use her creativity to help return the home to its former glory.

Jewett is an artist who draws and paints using only her mouth. It took her three weeks to draw Chamberlain's home using lead and graphite pencils.

When Jewett put the original sketch up for sale on her website, it sold within an hour. She also offers prints of the drawing, which you can purchase here.

Aside from a few dollars for supplies and printing costs, Jewett is donating all of the profits from her Chamberlain House sketch to helping restore the museum.

The museum staff and caretakers have been overwhelmed by her generosity and courage in overcoming her disability..

"She is not letting it stop her just like Chamberlain did not let it stop him. That's an incredibly powerful message," said Larissa Vigue Picard, Director of the Pejepscot Historical Center.

Jewett currently lives in Atlanta, GA where she spends a lot of time doing her artwork. She lives with her extended family and her beloved pets – two rescue dogs and four cats. Despite her disability, she has built a successful career as an artist, author and advocate for the disabled.

Jewett lives right outside of Atlanta with her family and 6 pets. Jessica Jewett/Facebook

While Jewett says that being an artist is not about being the best, she hopes to inspire others to use their talents, even if they don't fit in with the rest of society.

"I want to see other people take heart in the belief that one person can make a difference.".

What an incredible example of someone using their talents to help others. Way to go, Jessica! You're a true inspiration.

How can you start something good?

Inspired by Jessica Jewett's courage and kindness?

You can learn more about Jewett's Chamberlain House project and purchase one of her prints here.

If you don't want to purchase artwork but would still like to contribute, you can make a PayPal donation to help the museum's restoration efforts here.

If you'd like to donate directly to the museum you can send cash or a check to the following address (just be sure to note that your donation should be put toward the Chamberlain House project):

Pejepscot History Center
159 Park Row
Brunswick, ME 04011

Or, you can donate by phone: Call (207) 729-6606 to provide a credit card number. They take all major cards.

Let's #StartSomethingGood together.

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