[Art_beyond_sight_educators] artist, Tai chi, Accessible Media Canada
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Fri Jul 15 10:35:17 UTC 2011
Five Things You Should Know Today
1. It's your last day to catch the art of Laura and Yager, the pseudonym
of a legally blind Port Richey artist who paints with her guide dog
Yager by her side, are on display in the first floor hallway of New Port
Richey City Hall. The show started in February. A portion of the
proceeds from art sales goes to Southeastern Guide Dogs, where Laura
says she got Yager.
Tai chi for the blind in Lilydale
TAI chi classes for the blind will start in Lilydale and Tecoma next month.
The six-week pilot program teaching the ancient Chinese art to the
vision-impaired was the brainchild of instructor Jeff Davis (left), who
has taught tai chi for almost 20 years.
The lessons, which usually involve participants mimicking the movements
of an instructor standing in front of the class, will rely on six
volunteers and a vocal instructor.
Company paints word pictures of the wedding for the visually impaired
Feast your ears on this: A Toronto-based media company will provide a
live described-video broadcast of the royal wedding so that blind and
low-sighted people across the country can enjoy all the pomp and
pageantry of the big day.
"An event like the royal wedding is something that we think should be
accessible to all Canadians," says David Errington, president of
Accessible Media Inc.
.... "A colour commentator offers interesting facts and details, and
where we are and some history about that place, whereas we're trying to
fill in the gaps for somebody who doesn't have the advantage of sight,"
she says. "It's our job to fill in the crowd's expression when [Kate
Middleton] comes out of the carriage, her mother's expression the first
time she sees her in her wedding dress, William when he sees her coming
down the aisle, the frescoes that are painted on the ceiling of the abbey."
The two "describers," Sarah Mennell and Ruth Barrett, were chosen after
an audition in which they described footage of the 1981 wedding of
Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer.
The broadcast will be available on The Accessible Channel -- TACtv.
Described TV - Canada
Accessible Media Inc. (AMI) is a not-for-profit multimedia organization
operating two broadcast services, VoicePrint and The Accessible Channel
-- TACtv, and a companion website (http://www.ami.ca). AMI serves more
than five million Canadians who are blind, with low vision,
print-restricted, deaf or hearing-impaired, learning disabled, mobility
impaired, in need of literacy skills or learning English as a second
language, by making print, broadcast and online media accessible.
Accessible Media Inc.
Ricky Trione Shares His Art
Fantastic local artist Ricky Trione took his art on Studio10. Ricky's
displays are even more incredible considering the fact that he cannot see.
The self-titled "Blind Artist" joined the Studio10 crew to perform some
of his art live during the show. You may have seen Ricky's art at the
Fairhope Arts & Crafts Festival and many local art shows.
Click on the video link to see Ricky in action!
Also, please visit his website:
$127 Per Month West Village Renter is Blind Photographer
In case you weren't feeling bad about all the obscenities you muttered
under your breath
when you read about the $127 per month rental in the West Village, this
might do it. Turns out the occupant is John Dugdale, a blind
photographer who gets around with the assistance of a seeing-eye dog.
The wrench in this gentrification-defying tale might be the overhaul of
rent laws in Albany, which would expire on June 15th if they're not
renewed. There's proposed legislation which would protect people like
Dugdale until 2014. He gently opined on his new fame by saying "*I'm
trying to make sure that I could stay here and [create my art] by not
talking too much*". Can we cut this guy a break? Or does nothing justify
such a deal?
"My life is in an uproar," said the shutterbug, who is steered by a
seeing-eye dog -- and whose work hangs in the Metropolitan Museum of
Art. He must take photos with the help of an assistant.
It's the lease he can pay
*'FLAT' RATE:* Blind photographer John Dugdale (pictured) pays just $127
a month to live in this Greenwich Village building.
"My home has been in an uproar for over two, three years, and it seems
to be coming to a head again."
*B'klyn Resident Sparacino Is Retired English Prof*
*Blind Performers Highlight Visual Art at Concert*
BROOKLYN --- Performers from the Lighthouse International, the
well-known organization for the blind and visually impaired, recently
took a mainly sighted audience on a musical tour of a very visual
subject -- the Metropolitan Museum of Art's permanent collection.
The concert, which took place on Friday, April 15, was the 15th annual
Lighthouse concert at the Met, and there were several Brooklyn residents
The performers from the Lighthouse music school, said a spokeswoman for
the Lighthouse, "had the assistance of a wonderful assistant from the
Met who described each piece of art in detail, from an African mask to a
postcard. Every year, we collaborate with the Metropolitan Museum at
their Grace Rainey Rogers auditorium -- we provide the music."
One Brooklyn resident performing at the concert was Dr. Dennis
Sparacino, who has worked as a singer in nightclubs and theaters and has
taught English literature at the college level. In his third solo
performance at the music school's annual concert, he sang the Italian
love song, "Parlami D'Amore, Mariu."
"I've studied voice for decades," says Sparacino, who is totally blind
and has been so since college. "I've also studied instruments ---
guitar, saxophone, clarinet." He received his BA from Brooklyn College,
then received his PhD in English literature there. He taught at C.W.
Post, New York City Community College and Long Island University until
Washburn Man Creates Art Without Eyesight
A Washburn artist is creating work that will soon be on display in a
Twin Cities gallery without the use of his eyes.
Derek Lusche has had poor vision all his life. He was born legally
blind, then diagnosed with glaucoma. Bu it was a work accident in 2009
that took his vision completely.
"I was on a job site and I got hit by a timber frame floor support
pretty much right in front of the eyes," Lusche said.
Lusche has slowly gained some vision back sice the incident, and
although it's still blurry, he is pursuing a career in art.
Lusche will be showing his work during an art crawl in St. Paul next
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