The Strand Center for the Arts is proud to host “Clairvoyance,” a collaborative show featuring the works by members of the North Country Association for the Visually Impaired, Inc. (NCAVI) and the Northeastern Association of the Blind at Albany Blind Artist Society (NABA BAS). Clients from NCAVI participated in a workshop hosted by The Strand Center and taught by artist Amy Guglielmo. These pieces are displayed along with works by members of the NABA BAS. The goal of this show is to proudly exhibit this extraordinary body of work and raise awareness in the arts that visual impairment can never stifle artistic creativity.
Northeastern Association of the Blind at Albany Blind Artist Society is a free, web-based community of artists with varying degrees of visual impairment. The NABA BAS mission is to sustain the needs of artists suffering from visual loss. This is an inclusive, encompassing society. All artists are welcomed, professional or amateur, with any degree of visual loss, permanent or transient. Supporting artists without any visual disability are encouraged to join as well. The NABA BAS started as a project of the Retina Research Foundation, Inc. a 501 (c)(3) public Charity, formed in 2004 to find cures for blindness, located in New York’s Capital District.
The North Country Association for the Visually Impaired, Inc. is a private not-for-profit organization dedicated to assisting people who are blind, legally blind, or visually impaired by attaining or maintaining personal independence. NCAVI provides guidance, low vision exams and training to foster independence and personal growth to people who are blind, legally blind and visually impaired. In order to maintain personal independence, they offer one-on-one learning techniques at a client’s home or business. Services are provided free of charge to blind and legally blind persons of all ages.
Student works from the NCAVI workshop, as well as works from the Northeastern Association of the Blind at Albany Blind Artist Society, will be on display in the Community Gallery from June 20 to July 26, 2014.