[Art_beyond_sight_educators] Pixel Picasso, Viet Nam, Exhibition, Wills Eye

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Fri Aug 2 07:04:15 UTC 2013

Meet the 'Pixel Picasso', 98, who draws stunning landscapes on Microsoft 

Smith: The paintings the artist's never seen
Visitors young and old venture into the Sonoma County Museum for the 
exhibit of art by people with disabilities and they marvel at the vivid 
landscapes of Ken Rossi.

Then they hear he's completely blind. Mouths drop.

  In the mind's eye

How much of what we see do we first imagine? A new workshop for the 
visually impaired is trying to find out


Photographs by visually impaired Vietnamese
*Under a project called Photovoice, blind and visually impaired members 
of the Binh Duong Blind People Association have been trained in sensory 
photography techniques  through which they are taught how to judge 
distance, touch and smell to discover subjects.*

  For 25 years, bringing art to visually impaired

Decades ago, Alice Lea Tasman was walking by her boss' office at the 
Philadelphia Museum of Art when she saw a sculpture that caught her eye.

"I said, 'Bob, what's that out there?' He said it was by the visually 
impaired," she recalled.

The Art Museum, she discovered, ran a program called Form in Art, which 
gave art lessons to the visually impaired. Tasman, married to the man 
who was then the ophthalmologist-in-chief at Wills Eye Institute, had an 

Thus was born a partnership between the museum and the hospital that 
just celebrated its 25th anniversary.

At the annual celebration and art exhibit at Wills Eye last month, 
Tasman, 79, bought a wire sculpture of Pegasus by Michael Gieschen, who 
is legally blind. Gieschen, a former graphic artist, not only sold the 
sculpture to Tasman, but also was swarmed with five additional commissions.


Photos taken by visually impaired people to be displayed

The Institute for Studies of Society, Economy and Environment (iSEE ) is 
planning to hold an exhibition in September featuring special photos 
taken by visually impaired people in the southern province of Binh Duong.

Since April, the institute, in collaboration with students from the Ho 
Chi Minh City Foreign Trade University, has run a project called 
Photovoice, in which the institute has handed out cameras to 10 visually 
impaired people and then trained them how to capture the best moments of 
their daily life. After two months of practicing, the amateur 
photographers have caught moments in the most vivid way, which is 
difficult for professional photographers to do.


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