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Artists Talk: Creating from Mental Imagery


Nov 14, 2019
07:00 PM until 08:30 PM


November 14, 7:00pm

Rockland Center for the Arts will present an Artists Talk with Mark Andres of The Seeing with Photography Collective and Busser Howell at 7:00pm, as part of the Visions of Awareness Exhibit.  The artists will talk about how their vision impairment has brought a deeper mental imagery of their work, their inspiration and their pieces in the exhibit.  Free to the public.

Visions of Awareness, is an exhibit exploring VISION and seeing creatively.  Vision does not solely rely on the function of our eyes: sight starts in the brain as an idea or thought.  The exhibit is on view October 13 through November 24, 2019.  An artists reception will be held on Sunday, October 20 from 2:00-5:00pm. 

This October is Vision Awareness Month.  The Vision of Awareness exhibit explores the human need for imagery through art by legally blind and low vision artists as well as tactile sighted artists.  The human brain is wired for optical input, for visualization.  Even when the optic nerve is not getting input, the brain would continue creating images.  Why does a blind person take photographs?  Further why would he want images?  According to Evgen Bavcar of The Seeing with Photography Collective, “ One can’t belong to this world if one cannot imagine it in his own way.  When a blind person says ‘I imagine,’ it means he too has an inner representation of external realities.”  Vision, even in the absence of sight, is a need, above all, to visualize.

These artists prove that vision does not come from eyesight. 

RoCA’s encourages visitors to think of art as a form of healing for the mind, body and spirit in this fast-paced, technology-driven world we live in.  Through exhibitions that feature artists who have overcome challenges in their own lives, we hope to provide inspiration for others.  Visions of Awareness is more than an art exhibition, it is considered a service to the community.  RoCA strives to create inclusiveness in the arts, a place where patrons who are blind can just be patrons. 

The exhibit is on view Oct. 13 - Nov. 24, 2019.  For more information visit www.rocklandartcenter or call 845-358-0877.

RoCA gratefully acknowledges support for it’s exhibitions from Wells Fargo Bank, M&T Bank, Orange & Rockland Utilities, Kantrowitz, Goldhamer & Graifman P.C., Rockland County Tourism, the Estate of Joan Konner, Lighting Services Inc., Crystal Run Healthcare, Quiet Events, Sarah and Stephen Thomas, the Mark and Jessie Milano Foundation, Zaklin Family Charitable Fund, The County of Rockland,  The Family Fjord Foundation, Simona and Jerome Chazen, ASG, RoCA members, donors and business members.


RoCA's programs are made possible, in part, with funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Funding is also made possible by the County of Rockand.






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