BISBEE — When Francis Kiman learned he’d have to spend a number of months at a nursing home, he never expected one of the best prescriptions helping him recover from surgery would be a pencil.

A native of Massachusetts, Kiman, also known as “Pablo Pencil,” graduated with an art degree from the Southeastern Massachusetts Technological Institute — that’s now known as the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. While at school, Pablo loaded trucks for the Boston Ballet, which slowly evolved into a career as a set designer.

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