Sheldon Larmore works to be displayed at AI&G

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Sheldon Larmore, the father of a disabled son who delighted the community with his bright personality and accomplishments, will show his acrylic paintings at the Art Institute and Gallery.

Land, Sea & Sky: Sources of Food That Sustain Us opens Friday, in conjunction with Salisbury’s popular Third Friday event. A reception will be from 5 to 8 p.m. at the art gallery.

Larmore, who will also be signing and selling copies of “Be Quiet and Listen,” the book about his and wife Sara Belle’s  son David and his battle with spina bifida.

The birth defect resulted in multiple congenital birth defects, Larmore said, but until David’s death at age 32, in 2002, he lived an active and impressive life.

When he graduated from Parkside High School in 1989, he was awarded the Lana K. Reinhart Memorial Award,  given to the senior who triumphed over hardships. He was the Lower Shore March of Dimes poster child, sold antiques, received a resolution from the Maryland House of Delegates for helping students understand the free enterprise system and volunteered at Peninsula Regional Medical Center.

Proceeds from Larmore’s paintings and books will go to the  David Larmore Memorial  Fund, for the purchase of supplies and equipment and to pay for respite care, for those in financial need.

“David enjoyed and treasured life with the help of so many even though his life’s journey was not quite like ours,” Larmore said.

“Partnering with the Community Foundation (to establish the memorial fund) is allowing us to memorialize David and help us share his story with the community,” he said.

Reach Susan Canfora at scanfora@newszap.com.

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