Beyond Boundaries: Art of the Visually Impaired

The Strand Center for the Arts is proud to announce the new exhibit opening in November, “Beyond Boundaries: Art of the Visually Impaired.” This exhibit features artwork from the Northeastern Association of the Blind at Albany Blind Artist Society (NABA BAS) and the North Country Association of the Visually Impaired, Inc. (NCAVI). The exhibit will be on view November 3 to November 24, 2017 at The Strand Center for the Arts, located at 23 Brinkerhoff Street, Plattsburgh. The opening reception will be held November 3 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., and is free and open to the public.

The Strand Center for the Arts Gallery Coordinator, David Monette, stated: “The most important aspect behind the ‘Beyond Boundaries’ exhibit is to educate the public about artists with disabilities, specifically how people who are visually impaired can interact with and create art.”

The Northeastern Association of the Blind at Albany Blind Artist Society (NABA BAS) 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. Since 1908, NABA, a non-profit organization, has been fulfilling its mission to provide services and support to help blind and visually impaired people of all ages lead independent lives. NABA’s vision rehabilitation therapists work in-home and on-site with individuals to teach adaptive skills and strategies that enable independent living. Located at NABA’s facility at 301 Washington Avenue in Albany, the Dr. Harry M. Judge Vision Rehabilitation Center provides examinations by a low vision specialist for the prescription of magnifiers, special glasses, and adaptive devices. Services are at no charge to the legally blind. For more information about NABA, go to: www.naba-vision.org

The North Country Association for the Visually Impaired, Inc. (NCAVI) is a private not-for-profit organization in Plattsburgh, NY dedicated to assisting people who are blind, legally blind, or visually impaired with attaining or maintaining personal independence. NCAVI Executive Director, Amy Kretser, is looking forward to the 2017 art show. "The artwork produced by local participants is not only beautiful, it's inspirational," Kretser said, "and the work showcased by the Blind Artist Society is outstanding. These pieces are created by artists who are blind from all over the country and we are fortunate to be able to have such amazing work at the Strand Center for the Arts in Plattsburgh." Kretser explained that an endowment left to the Northeastern Association for the Blind in Albany allows the pieces to be shipped around the country to different shows at no cost to the artists. She said, "Art can be such a beautiful form of expression for any person who picks up a brush regardless of whether or not they are sighted. It's particularly inspiring when people push through the challenges associated with blindness to create something truly remarkable."

“Beyond Boundaries: Art of the Visually Impaired,” featuring artwork from the Northeastern Association of the Blind at Albany Blind Artist Society (NABA BAS) and client artwork from the North Country Association of the Visually Impaired, Inc. (NCAVI) opens in November. The exhibit will be on view November 3 to 24, 2017 at The Strand Center Main Gallery, located at 23 Brinkerhoff Street, Plattsburgh. The opening reception will be held November 3 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

The Strand Center for the Arts is open Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 am to 5:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 10:00 am to 2:00 p.m. For more information on this or upcoming Strand Center events, please visit www.strandcenter.org, call 518-563-1604, or stop into our Main Offices at 23 Brinkerhoff Street in Plattsburgh, NY.

The Strand Center for the Arts is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to providing a high caliber arts center and theatre, providing the best of visual arts, music, dance, and theatre to the community. The SCA is supported by the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), the United Way, The Adirondack Foundation, Stewarts Shops and the Cloudsplitter Foundation.

The Strand Center for the Arts’ Diamond Sponsor is NBC 5; Platinum Circle Sponsors are The University of Vermont Health Network, Champlain Valley Physician’s Hospital, Meadowbrook Healthcare, and Twinstate Technologies. The Strand Center for the Arts’ Gold Sponsors are Northern Insuring/Northern Benefits, Boire Benner Group, Best Western Plus – The Inn at Smithfield, Casella, Clute Wealth Management, and Jeffords Steel and Engineering Company.