Local 9-year-old spreads awareness through art

9-year-old artist Kristin Maggio with friends and family

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)- 9-year-old Kristin Maggio has autism, and uses art to express herself; it’s often easier than talking.

Drawing began as a way to cope and has flourished into a way to communicate. Kristin has already illustrated a couple books, and for the first time, she’ll publicly display her work.

Maggio’s quite the Picasso, despite not having any formal training.

Kristin’s mom, Susan, told News 4 art is really becoming a part of who her daughter is.

News 4 first met the Maggio’s back in December, shortly after Kristin had illustrated her first book. Since our last story, her mom said she’s been blown away by just how big of an impact her daughter has made.

Click here for original story on Kristin Maggio

“A lot of parents have contacted me in emails, and messaging me on Facebook, just saying that it gives them hope; that they have children, age four or age five that are non-verbal and it’s a huge inspiration for them. And they love what we’re doing and the best part is, Kristin was getting a lot cards and pictures sent to her,” Susan said.

Kristin’s show is at Atrium 124 Gallery at 124 Elmwood Avenue Friday, March 18 from 5-8 p.m.

It’s being sponsored by Autism Services of Western New York.

It is FREE to the public, and around 18 pieces of Kristin’s work will be display.

Click here for information on Kristin’s latest illustrated book, “Are There Dinosaurs in Space?”

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