In October, CAL partners with the Metrolina Association for the Blind to hold our annual Art Beyond Sight (ABS) exhibit. This exhibit is always a challenge to some of our members … especially painters, photographers and printmakers. But you can do it! Several of us do it every year. Stretch yourself and make a touchable piece of art especially for visually impaired gallery goers. Invite artists you know who are not CAL members to enter this special exhibit.
The show is held in October every year and is a part of an international event called Art Beyond Sight Awareness Month. Galleries, museums, schools and other art facilities around the world are encouraged to provide art experiences for art lovers who cannot see the art. At this point, the number of organizations in North Carolina that participate in ABS is very limited. Last year we were one of three and the only one in this part of the state. Enter some work and help put CAL on the map. CAL offers an outreach program with the clients of Metrolina Association for the Blind, and a few pieces of their class art may be displayed at this exhibit. However, it is as professional a show as any of our others. Accomplished artists, be they sighted or not, are encouraged to enter.
It is a rare service that CAL artists are providing to those in our area who are blind. Vision loss is part of the aging process. The number of “baby boomer” senior citizens increases each year. This is a “please do touch the art” exhibit. Imagine that you are legally blind. What it would be like to enter a “please do not touch the art” gallery? What would it be like to have art removed from your life? If you can relate to what a serious loss that is, create a piece for those who still love art but cannot see it.
For exhibit dates, including take-in, visit our Exhibits page.