Art Speaks: Piece by Piece Opens November 18th at Bell-ans Center for the Creative Arts
V°LITION Gallery and Creative Space today announced the opening of Art Speaks: Piece by Piece, an exhibit organized to promote the art and creativity of individuals who are affected by autism and other developmental delays.
The opening reception for this breakthrough experience happens November 18th, from 2pm until 5pm. The exhibition will run through January 6th.
Curated by Phyllis Dodge, Owner & Founder, Producer & Curator, Sona Viola, Gallery Director & Curator, and James and Andrew Dodge, husband and son of Phyllis Dodge, the exhibition is still open to contributions from visual artists on the autism spectrum or others with developmental delays.
The V°LITION gallery is located on the historic grounds of Bell-ans, a vibrant part of Orangeburg and Rockland County, New York, welcoming artists, entrepreneurs and the community for creativity, work and gatherings. Bell-ans was established in 1897, when by John Lanphere Dodge, the son of a Civil War Union Army Surgeon, purchased 150 acres in Orangeburg.
Dodge created a pharmaceutical factory which still stands, alongside many other historic buildings and barns.
James (Dodge’s great-great-grandson) and his wife Phyllis in 2010 reimagined the artist community., refurbishing the main building and adding more studio space for artists and renaming the building the Bell-ans Center of Creative Arts.
The V°LITION gallery is the heart and soul of the creative community, including painters, sculptors, craftspeople, photographers, musicians, poets and entrepreneurs.
The Arts Speaks Exhibition for Individuals with Autism and Developmental Disabilities will feature the work of artists through exhibiting their work, and through special events including the opening later this month.
“As a mother of a very talented autistic son, who continues to study at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC, I have had the honor to learn about the expression, talent and magical gifts of individuals who see and experience things differently than others,” Phyllis said. “Art helps us see connections, create platforms to express utmost creativity and brings meaning to our world!”
Submissions have come through partnerships with several of Rockland County’s highly respected organizations including Camp Venture and ARC, from the Jewish Community Center (JCC) of Manhattan, from PureVisions Art in Chelsea, and from states including Pennsylvania and Massachusetts. The gallery is accepting works from artists 7 years and older.
“All our artists are self-taught and have exhibited all over the world,” Phyllis said. “The Art Speaks exhibition is truly a movement, putting forward a platform where artists with autism and other developmental disabilities will be delighted in expressing their vision, and where we all can enjoy and be inspired by their work.”
A rock and roll band that is led by Jeff Friedberg will perform at the opening, with all its musicians being on the spectrum.
Poetry by Andrew Weatherly, 27-year-old down syndrome artist and poet who has exhibited previously, will also be shared that afternoon.
“The gallery is about delivering a creative experience, interacting and working together,” Phyllis said. “Each event brings people and artists together with art, expressions of desires and will – created of our own individual and collective volition. This new exhibition is of special importance, and a gift, we believe to our community and to all who wish to enjoy the expressions of talented fine artists, musicians and poets.”
Bell-ans is a unique community of gallery spaces, unique studios, businesses, and outdoor haven on over 12 sprawling acres of rustic beauty located in the lower Hudson Valley, only 30 minutes from Manhattan.
The gallery is located at Bell-ans Center of Creative Arts, 4 Bell Lane, Orangeburg, NY 10962.
For more information please visit www.bellans.com.