What if you were an artist, but could not see? What if you were blind, but yearned to experience art?
Those are questions explored by “Insights: Art Beyond the Eyes,” opening at The MACC (Mills Station Arts and Culture Center).
Insights is being presented in cooperation with the California Council of the Blind. The exhibit includes the works of nine artists who are low vision or blind, and the works of three sighted artists, created with low or no vision art lovers in mind.
Featured will be artists Alice Wingwall (photographer, sculptor, film), Angela Palmer (ceramicist, Mosaics), Noel Runyan (mixed media using computer parts and lapidary), Jennifer Justice (woodwork), Laura Legendary (braille jewelry), George Wurtzel (woodwork), Sheela Gunn-Cushman (Jewelry), Deborah Kent-Stein (sculptor) and Robin Patche (mixed media), who have excelled in art even though they do not have the advantage of excellent eyesight.
Artists Garey Porter, Michele Burr and Lyla Paakkanen will be exhibiting works created for enjoyment by the blind – tactile pieces which run contrary to the old art exhibit dictum of “Don’t Touch the Art.” In this case, it’s mandatory.
The works include carved wood pieces, jewelry, prints, paintings, sculpture and more.
Produced by the Cordova Community Council and supported by the City of Rancho Cordova Community Enhancement Fund, Insights is appropriate for art lovers of all ages.