[Art_beyond_sight_educators] architect, conductor, Living Paintings
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Tue Aug 19 08:56:49 UTC 2014
*A visually impaired Greenisland artist is injecting colour into the
lives of Newtownabbey residents as she opens her latest exhibition.*
Fine art print artist Mary Kpakra lost her sight due to a hereditary
condition in her early twenties, and was registered blind before she
started to practise the visual arts.
A former member of Seacourt Print workshop, Mary's work has been
exhibited in solo and group exhibitions throughout Ireland including the
Waterfront Hall, Dublin Airport, The Ulster Museum, The Island Arts
Centre and Flowerfield Arts Centre.
After receiving three guide dogs from Guide Dogs for the Blind over the
years, Mary is now selling the unframed pieces from her latest
exhibition, entitled 'Echoes from Around the World,' in aid of the charity.
The exhibition and sale includes etchings, photo intaglio, collagraphs,
dry point etchings and monoprints.
Mary, who is originally from Carrickfergus, told The Times: "My art has
been a means of expressing myself as a visually impaired artist
Gallery opening featuring artist who is blind
Willoughby Art Gallery at Clovernook Center for the Blind and Visually
Impaired will host the opening of "Hands on Art" by Harriet Kaufman,
This exhibit encourages individuals to appreciate art through their
sense of touch.
The opening reception will 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5, at The
Willoughby Art Gallery in the Proctor Center at 7000 Hamilton Ave.,
North College Hill.
Author J.L. Powers Writes Children's Book About The Life Of Artist,
Champion Runner George Mendoza
Author and Borderland native J.L. Powers has written a new children's
book about the life of internationally known Artist and Champion Runner
The story of George Mendoza has been one that has been the subject of
multiple books and films, and now it is being told through a colorful
child's book by J.L. Powers titled, "The Colors of the Wind-The story of
Blind Artist and Champion Runner George Mendoza." The book is also
filled with artwork from Mendoza.
There will be a "Colors of the Wind" Book Party & Art Activity with J.L.
Powers and George Mendoza at The Las Cruces Branigan Library, August
16th at 10:30am-noon.
There is also a "Meet the Author" event with J.L. Powers at Books are
GEMS in El Paso on August 23rd, 10 a.m.
'An incredible gift': Picture book tells story of Las Cruces artist
What a Blind Architect Can Teach Us About Design; Crane Art; Mapping the
Mid-Market Development Frenzy; More!
*/YERBA BUENA/*---From the longform features department, we bring you
the tale of Chris Downey
a blind architect who just finished his first design commission since
losing his sight.
How a San Francisco Architect Reframes Design for the Blind
..... After he lost his sight, Downey found that buildings he
appreciated in his prior life offered him new multisensory riches. When
he visited Louis Kahn's Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas, he was
surprised to find that he could *intuit the layout of the galleries*
through the floor texture. Bands of travertine trace the path of the
structural grid, interspersed with intervals of wood. "Having those
bands begins to modulate the space," he says. "Kahn would've done that
for a visual modulation," but the architect might have been thinking
texturally as well. "I've since learned that he was getting pretty blind
by the time he did that building," says Downey. "He almost had to have
his face right on the drawings to be able to see them."
.... But the profession as a whole is acquiring new tools for visual
accessibility. In June, Downey flew to Minneapolis to join researchers
working on rendering software that will simulate the effects of poor
vision. The project, called *Designing Visually Accessible Spaces*
(DEVA), aims to create a filter that would allow architects to "see"
what their designs would look like from behind different sets of eyes.
With that kind of knowledge, design teams could evaluate lighting and
color schemes for potential hazards. The initiative, led by University
of Minnesota psychology professor Gordon Legge, is in its early stages,
but the team recently received a second round of funding from the
National Institutes of Health. DEVA could ultimately create a bridge
between scientific research into visual impairment and the architects
who can make use of that research in the real world, Downey says. "It's
a tool where people who can make a difference could make a difference."
*Designing Visually Accessible Spaces*
Legally blind artist to hold workshop
Barrie painter creates art for the blind
When artist Kate Ramos picked up a lottery prize at the Barrie CNIB
office 10 years ago, she noticed the walls were stark and blank.
That inspired her to embark on a creative journey that's resulting in a
series of textured pieces, the first of which is mounted in that same
"When I won the money I became really sad that the blind would never see
what I do. Immediately, I wanted to give back so I decided to add
texture," said the artist who also owns the Edge Gallery on Dunlop
"I won $10,000 and that's how I started my whole career. I bought
everything I needed to go on the road with my artwork. If it wasn't for
that (prize), I wouldn't have the gallery now."
Blind singer learns visual art of conducting a choir
How do you conduct a choir if you can't see the music or the performers
in front of you? .... Run by the Royal National Institute of Blind
People, the class aims to help blind and visually impaired musicians
gain a greater understanding of the role of a conductor as well as
giving them the opportunity to learn from one of the country's best.
Basingstoke Rock Choir to perform at The Anvil in aid of Kingsclere
charity Living Paintings
The charity is the only one in the UK to design, create and publish
tactile and audio books for blind and partially sighted people, with
titles suitable for anyone from pre-school to adult.
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