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‘Through Our Eyes’

9/27/2011
Angela Cato, Arts & Cultural Services | ACato@wichita.gov | (316) 303-8639

CityArts exhibit features work by visually impaired artists

CityArts and Envision are co-presenting "Through Our Eyes," an exhibit of works created by visually impaired youth and adults in the Wichita area. The pieces will be on display Wednesday through Oct. 29 in CityArts’ Main Hall (adjacent to the first floor Main Gallery).

The public is invited to meet the artists and learn more about visual impairment during an opening reception from 5:30-9 p.m. on Friday at CityArts, 334 N. Mead.

Envision is a local agency created to enhance the personal independence of people - who are blind or low vision - through vision rehabilitation, employment and public education. As part of its services, Envision offers an art program. The artwork included in the exhibit was created through this program.

There will be a variety of media represented, including tactile paintings, sculpture and ceramics. The goal of the exhibit is to show that a person can bring his or her creative vision to life despite vision impairment.

"This is a very powerful collection of work that proves it's still possible to have a voice and be a true artist even without one of your senses," said CityArts Assistant Creative Director Marilee Mitchell.

One way Envision helps youth and adults become artists is through the use of innovative technology. Inside Envision's art classroom is a machine that can turn pictures into Braille. The artists are then able to trace their fingers over the Braille pictures to learn forms.

For more information about the show, contact Mitchell at (316) 350-3242 or at MAMitchell@wichita.gov.

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