UCPAC in Rahway hosts free workshop for teaching art to blind and low vision individuals

On Saturday, June 6, from 11 a.m. to noon, artist Sandra Frank of Westfield will offer a free workshop for those who wish to make art instruction accessible to individuals who are blind or have low vision.

The workshop takes place at UCPAC’s Hamilton Stage, 360 Hamilton St., Rahway, and outlines simple, fun techniques and materials that can be used in the teaching process. No prior art or teaching experience is necessary. Participants must call 732-499-8226 to reserve a spot.

Frank has been teaching art and music to individuals and groups for 25 years. In addition to working with the blind, she teaches art to those with Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and Huntington’s Disease.

The workshop is part of a month-long art exhibit sponsored by Union County Performing Arts Center showcasing the work of six blind and low vision artists: Tamilah Alexander, Aaron Elmowitz, Jon Gabry, Alicia Liptscher, Narcissa Lopez and Diane Robinson.

Limited Sight/Unlimited Vision runs June 5-25, in the lobby of RSI Bank, 1500 Irving St. in the heart of Rahway Arts District, with an opening reception Friday, June 5, from 4-7 p.m.

Exhibit and reception are admission-free and open to the public; the exhibit can be viewed during regular bank hours, Monday through Saturday. For daily exhibit hours, see www.rsibanking.com or call 732-388-1800.

Limited Sight / Unlimited Vision is presented by Union County Performing Arts Center & LuceGroup with funding from William G. & Helen C. Hoffman Foundation, Caleb C. Pruden Trust and RSI Bank.

“Limited Sight / Unlimited Vision offers an exceptional collation of art from a very unique creative perspective,” says Lawrence E. McCullough, executive director of Union County Performing Arts Center.

“As Henry Ward Beecher said, ‘Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.'”

The exhibit will also premiere a 40-minute video produced by award-winning filmmaker Jim Luce that highlights each artist and explores how artists with blindness or low vision engage in the creative process and connect to the world.

For details on all Union County Performing Arts Center events, call the UCPAC box office at 732-499-8226 or go online to www.ucpac.org.

Suburban News By Suburban News
on May 26, 2015 at 9:01 AM, updated May 26, 2015 at 9:05 AM