GREENFIELD — Beverly Mathis says a silent thank you every time she signs her full name — Beverly Sunday Mathis — to a painting.

She’s thankful for the art, for her ability to make it, to see it at all.

Babies born prematurely in the late 1940s and early 1950s — like Mathis — were often placed in incubators with 100 percent oxygen to breathe. Because of advances in medicine, doctors now know that pure oxygen caused blindness in many infants of that era.

Mathis of Greenwood escaped such a fate. Her artwork, on display at Greenfield Banking Co.’s

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If you go

What:  The artwork of Beverly Mathis

Where: Second-floor art gallery at Greenfield Banking Co., 1920 N. State St.

When: Through June 27

Admission is free.

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Christine Schaefer is arts editor and editorial assistant at the Daily Reporter. She can be reached at 317-477-3222 or