Artists With Disabilities Encouraged To Enter Go!Fest Competition posted September 12, 2008An Art Expo for artists with disabilities will be part of Go!Fest on Oct. 11 at the Warner Park Zoo from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The entry deadline for artists with disabilities has been extended to Sept. 29.
Acceptance to exhibit in the ArtExpo will be determined by a three-person jury selected by the Go!Fest committee that will choose artists based on their collective review. Notification of acceptance will be made by email.
Mission of Go!Fest is to encourage young people with disabilities and their families to explore the available services, resources and opportunities that would enable individuals to realize their maximum potential in setting and achieving lifetime goals and personal success in every area of life.
http://www.chattanoogan.com/articles/article_135001.asp article ANOTHER VIEW - A Collection of Artwork Created by and for the BlindA special exhibit including paintings, sculptures, prints, and mixed media work with an emphasis on tactual accessibility that has been created by blind and visually impaired children and adults will be on display at the Middletown Arts Center from September 28 through October 12. The eclectic works will raise awareness and dispel stereotypes regarding the abilities of the blind and visually impaired to create deeply emotional and beautiful works of art.
The children included in the exhibit are from St. Lucy Day School for the Blind and Visually Impaired in Philadelphia. The adults are from the New Jersey Blind Citizens Association at Camp Happiness in Leonardo which operates under the direction of Doug Scott. These adults have participated in creative sessions at the Middletown Arts Center. Both groups have received national recognition for their artwork. Also exhibiting is Dennis Gentile, an 83 year-old artist from New Haven, Connecticut who is donating the proceeds from his landscapes to the International Council of Education for People with Visual Impairment. Susan Ferraro, an accomplished artist and art instructor, will have work included in the exhibit.
Location: Middletown Arts Center 36 Church Street Middletown, NJ 07748 http://www.app.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080911/GETPUBLISHED/809110599/-1/LOCAL02favicon.ico articleGordon Murray + Alan Dunlop Architects push the barrier of functionality to win DesignShare Award The goal of the US based DesignShare Awards is to find those learning environments that meet at the crossroads of innovative design and pioneering educational programs. This year the proud recipients of the award are Glasgow based Gordon Murray + Alan Dunlop Architects with Hazelwood School, the first school from Britain to win the award.
The winning design for the school that caters for children aged from 4 to 18 with severe visual, mobility and sensory impairment, is a `low slung´ building conceived as a natural free flowing form, which `meanders´ gracefully through the site respecting its existing landscape of mature lime and beech trees. Timber is the predominant structural and cladding material selected for its natural weathering qualities whilst presenting a warm and tactile surface to the children who will learn in its sustainable environment. The main circulation space features a “sensory wall”, a tactile device that allows blind children to locate their class room using the folds in the wall. A trailing board weaves through the school allows the children to practice mobility and orientation skills.
The design was the result of close consultations between the architects, the Glasgow City Council as the client and the user group through workshops, meetings and seminars. Since opening in August 2007, the school has received many positive feed back from users and supporting associations.
Attention to multi-sensory details, adaptability of the space, use of natural materials were some of the features of the design that were highly praised by the jury panel of the DesignShare Awards.
http://www.worldarchitecturenews.com/index.php?fuseaction=wanappln.projectview&upload_id=10304 excerptInvercargill man Lance Jarvis is new to the precision art of woodturning — something made more remarkable by the fact he is completely blind.
For an art that requires a keen eye, Mr Jarvis relies on feel, sound and smell to craft vases, candlesticks and other items on a lathe.
Seven lessons into it his tutor Southland Woodworkers Guild member Bill Finlay credits Mr Jarvis as one of the best students he has ever had.
"Compared to a lot of fellows, Lance listens and follows what I say," the 35-year veteran woodturner said.
http://www.stuff.co.nz/southlandtimes/4685525a6568.html excerpt Things That Motivates A Visually Impaired Photographer "Being visually impaired is a trip,especially if the fields you have chosen to pursue are photography and fine arts painting.
When I write a Blog my computer screen fonts have been adjusted so I can read the text and view the images therein.
When I take a photo I am looking through a special magnification ditty that I have flitched off of an old Game Boy handheld. This enables me to view the resultant shot I just took.
While painting I am constantly consulting my color wheel charts to make sure my values are correct even before I begin to apply paint to the canvas."