In 1971, a doctor told Barbara Edgar she might as well put her 9-day-old daughter, Cinnamon, in an institution right away because that’s where children with Down syndrome end up.
“That was horrible to say,” said Jean Eyster, Cinnamon’s grandmother. “And if it happened, oh, what we would have missed.”
Today, Cinnamon Edgar — now 38 — has her own business, Florida Keys Art by Cinnamon. She sells her colorful watercolor paintings, note cards and scenic photography of sunsets, palm trees and wildlife to about 55 clients from Key Largo to Marathon. Four years into the business, she’s sold about 20,000 note cards and art pieces at luxury resort gift shops, souvenir stores, visitor centers and art festivals.
One of her photos — of a palm-tree lined beach — adorned the cover of The Real Yellow Pages in 2008 for the Florida Keys.