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Elisa Huberman presented The Odd Duckling
at Felicity House’s Artistic Expressions

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On Thursday, March 12, 2015, Elisa Huberman read her original book The Odd Duckling to a large and enthusiastic crowd at Felicity House. As part of Artistic Expressions, an event celebrating the achievements of Women on the Autism Spectrum, Elisa presented along side actors of CO/LAB Theater Group. The award-winning short film, Keep the Change, by filmmaker Rachel Israel and actress Samantha Elisofon was also screened. We would like to thank Felicity House for organizing such a wonderful event and all our supporters who attended. Pure Vision Arts, Transit on the Spectrum exhibit featured in Raw Vision newsletter.

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Pure Vision Arts was recently featured in the Raw Vision electronic newsletter, highlighting the Transit on the Spectrum exhibit at the New York Transit Museum. The exhibit will run from January 25- September 1, 2014. For more information click here.

 

PVA Collaborates Again with
The Museum of Modern Arts’ Access Program

 

Shmuel Taurog at Moma PS1

PVA is excited to welcome The Museum of Modern Art’s teaching artist Rebecca Goyette back for her third workshop, this time on soft sculpture. The first session began at the MoMA’s PS1 with a visit to the Mike Kelley retrospective show. Inspired by his large-scaled installations, PVA artists brought in their own recycled items (socks, sweaters, buttons, stuffed animals…etc) to build new shapes and meaning into these everyday objects. We would like to thank Rebecca and The MoMA once again.

 The Art of Jessica Park by Tony Gengarelly

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Tony Gengarelly’s The Art of Jessica Park, A World Transformed will be available soon! The forty-eight page art biography tells the story of PVA’s artist Jessica Park’s. Images of Jessica’s work, family photographs, illustrations by Danielle Christensen and a forward by PVA’s director, Dr. Pamala Rogers are included. To order a copy in advance of publication contact Tony Gengarelly at a.gengarelly@mcla.edu.

Pure Vision Arts is Included in Art Enables’
Outsider Art Inside the Beltway
Annual Group Show

Leon McCutcheon, Obama Uncle Sam, Acrylic on Paper, 31×39

Art Enables, a studio and gallery space in Washington D.C. for adults with developmental disabilities, has invited Pure Vision Arts back to be part of their annual group show, Outsider Art Inside the Beltway (OAIB). Leon McCutcheon’s Obama Wants You (above) will be exhibited and for sale. If you are in the D.C area and would like to visit the exhibition which includes the work of over 30 groups nation wide, visit the gallery at 2204 Rhode Island Ave NE Washington, DC 20018. For more information, please visit the Art Enables website at http://art-enables.org/index.php or call their studio at (202) 554-9455.

Leon McCutcheon Solo Show at
The Manhattan Day Habilitation Center

Leon McCutcheon, South Carolina Girl, Acrylic on canvas.

Leon McCutcheon’s accomplished artistic career will be celebrated at The Manhattan Day Habilitation Center, where he is an artist in residence, with a solo show this September. Leon’s parents, a jazz musician and a milliner, exposed him to the arts from an early age.  Fashion and music figure prominently in his work, which is also influenced by his memories of visits to relatives in South Carolina from the time he was a child. McCutcheon’s paintings are in many private collections and the folk-like quality of his work attracts the attention of curators and collectors interested in contemporary American folk art.

Pure Vision Arts will be Collaborating with the MOMA’s Teaching Artist Rebecca Goyette

Pure Vision Arts welcomes the MOMA’s teaching artist Rebecca Goyette to the studio! Beginning this fall, Goyette will be presenting weekly workshops for PVA artists using a variety of media. She also plans to conduct field trips where the artists will find inspiration from MOMA’s permanent and visiting collections and exhibitions. Stay tuned for more information on our collaboration!

Susan Brown is Featured in The Art of Autism: Shifting Perceptions by Debra Hosseini

We are pleased to announce that Susan Brown, a long time artist of Pure Vision Arts, is one of  77 Visual Artists and Poets featured in the second volume of The Art of Autism: Shifting Perceptions , which was released on March 21st, 2012. This book celebrates the unique abilities of people on the Autism Spectrum, and along with artwork, contains stories about their lives. In conjunction with the book release, the Seven Sisters Gallery in Morro Bay California exhibited the work of Susan Brown, along with Frank Allen, Noah Erenberg, Maximus Oberto, Sheila Mahon, Kevin Hosseini, and Isabell Doucette. The show opened on April 13 and will be running through May 9th. For more information, visit The Art of Autism homepage at http://the-art-of-autism.com/.

20th Anniversary Outsider Art Fair

From January 27 – 29, 2012, Pure Vision Arts joined 34 other international exhibitors for the 20th Anniversary Outsider Art Fair. To quote art critic Edward M. Gomes,  “Among the offerings of its 35 gallery-exhibitors from North America, Europe, Asia and the Caribbean … you’re sure to make some exciting discoveries of your own – and to be deeply moved by some of the most original art forms to be found anywhere on the international market today.  He goes on to say [Those who attend] find that it is filled with soul, raw creative energy and an aura of authenticity that they cannot or do not find easily among the deluge of art merchandise that is available on the broader contemporary-art market…”

This was a beautiful and successful event and the staff and artists of Pure Vision Arts were proud to participate. We made many new friends and were delighted to welcome old friends to Booth D-12.  We have subsequently scheduled many private appointments for people to visit our studio and gallery space.  The staff and artists would like to thank everyone who took the time to visit us for their support of this extraordinary event.

In October, Art Enables in Washington, DC. held an invitational exhibition featuring art studio programs titled, Outsider Art Inside the Beltway 2011 showcasing local artists and A Sampling from Outside the Beltway, which showcased work of artists from New York to Hawaii. PVA artist, Susan Brown was selected to represent Pure Vision Arts and exhibited her latest mixed grid painting. We are proud of Susan’s contribution and would like to thank Art Enables for inviting Pure Vision Arts.

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The 6th Annual Outsider in the Hamptons- Raw Vision Review

The 6th Annual Outsider Art in the Hamptons,  Galerie BelAge, Westhampton Beach, May 29- September 6, 2011.                              Curated by Candyce Brokaw, Director and founder of Survivor’s Art Foundation,  was one of the three studios represented in this show. The other two organizations were Fountain Gallery and Pure Vision Arts.  The exhibition which incorperated works by artists from the three studios, clearly supports the view that the parallel worlds of individual outsiders working on thier own and those outsiders working within a studio context can be presented side by side and make an interesting , meaningful and high-quality exhibition. Read the full review here.

Alba Somoza Realizes her dreams through Pure Vision Arts.

New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) features Pure Vision artist Alba Somoza.

On April 28, 2011, twin sisters Alba and Anastasia Somoza met with former President Bill Clinton to present him with one of Alba’s paintings after the William J. Clinton Foundation donated $10,000 to Pure Vision Arts in New York City, where Alba is a featured artist.

Check out the full article including photos from the event, information about Pure Vision Arts and some history of Alba and her sister. Click here to link to the OPWDD website and view the article.

Alba Somoza (left), her sister Anastasia and President Clinton

Pure Vision artist Alba Somoza (left) presented former President Bill Clinton with a painting during the reception for the Hult Global Case Challenge at the W Hotel.

The work of three Pure Vision artists, Susan Brown, Barry Kahn and Jessica Park is featured in a book entitled “Starke Kunst von Autisten und Savants”, (which translates as Powerful Art by Autistic Savants), by Georg Theunissen and Michael Schubert. This is the first book published in Germany featuring the work of artists with autism and explores “the discovery of creative potential and the promotion of a personal style” of artists with autism.

The art of Barry Kahn is featured on the book cover.

Pure Vision Artists Leon McCutcheon, Susan Brown, Victor Cristescu and Marguerite Patti were featured in the book NY Portraits by photographer Gordon Sasaki.

NY Portraits is an ongoing series of portrait photographs of New York City artists who share their experience of the city through the perspective of disability.

Begun in 2006, the series examines aspects of the human condition through the subtleties of photography, underscoring the importance of creating visibility to promote dialog and understanding among all people.  Click here to see a preview or purchase the book.