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New “Form in Art” workshops will offer unique opportunity to legally blind residents

(Woodbury, NJ) – The Gloucester County Board of Freeholders announced a new program today that is designed to offer blind adults in Gloucester County an exploration of abstraction in art, is being offered for the first time this summer.  The program entitled ‘Form in Art’ begins with a three week workshop and will culminate in an exhibit on July 12th.

The twenty participants of the workshop will begin their art journey with a touch/verbal description tour at the Philadelphia Museum of Art next Tuesday, June 13th.  There after, the participants will meet once a week for three weeks to learn and create art under the facilitation by professional artists, Vaughn Stubbs and Eiko Fan.  Additionally, eight volunteers will assist with the workshops.

“Art is a way for everyone to communicate and express their feelings.  Just because someone is without sight doesn’t mean they cannot appreciate or express their artistic self, and that is what this program is designed to do,” said Freeholder Director Stephen M. Sweeney.

Freeholder Wallace, liaison to the Office for Disability Services, said, “Form in Art is a new program that will give our blind residents the chance to experience art in a way they may not have otherwise been able.  The tour of the Philadelphia Art Museum will give them the chance to learn about art through touching selected original works, and then they will be able to develop their creativity in the workshops.  We provide many necessary programs to meet the needs of our disabled citizens, and providing an instructional and creative outlet is equally important.”

The workshop schedule is as follows:

Tuesday, June 13th    Tour of the Philadelphia Museum of Art
Tuesday, June 20th    Studio Workshop         10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Tuesday, June 27th    Studio Workshop         10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Friday, July 7th          Studio Workshop         10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Freeholder Frank DiMarco, liaison to the Gloucester County Cultural and Heritage Commission, said that the exhibit will open on July 12th at 3 pm in the Art Gallery of Gloucester County College.

DiMarco said the exhibit will feature showcase works from the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Form in Art Exhibit along with the selected works from the Gloucester County Form in Art Workshops.  The exhibit will run through August 14, 2006.

The Form in Art Workshop/Exhibit is collaboration between the Gloucester County Offices of Disability Services and the Cultural and Heritage Commission in cooperation with the Philadelphia Museum of Art.  The program was funded in part by a grant from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment of the Arts.