1. Art and Wellness Festival

    Art and Wellness Festival
    The Art and Wellness Festival will encourage participants to explore art as a means of connecting body, mind and spirit in this fast paced, complex world we live in. Through exhibitions, music, meditation and creating art, participants and viewers will be introduced to new, positive directions towards personal health and creativity—as well as connecting to others. Explore the power of art for positive change in physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual health. Tickets are $30 ($35 at the door) and can be purchased by calling RoCA at 845-358-0877. For a list of scheduled activities or more information contact: Rockland Center for the Arts, 845-358-0877, info@rocklandartcenter.org or visit www.rocklandartcenter.org. Rockland Center for the Arts is located at 27 S Greenbush Rd., West Nyack, NY 10994. Regular hours are: Mon-Fri 10-4; Sat and Sun 1-4pm. Performances and workshops include: Synesthesia: A Visual & Auditory Collaboration with Erik Lawrence and Jamie Gaviola 4:00pm in the Emerson Gallery Enjoy the satisfying flow of color & line as paintbrush dances to live music. Improvised music melds with the visual field in a collaborative performance art experience. Jamie Baldwin Gaviola will complete a large scale, multi-color free flow mandala while Erik Lawrence creates soundscapes with flutes, saxophones, percussion, loops and organic sounds, maybe even audience participation! A feast for the senses!!! The artists will join the audience at the end of the performance for a brief discussion and Q&A. Discussion topics: Intention, technique, interplay, creation vs. planning. Flower Mandala with Allison Egan Datwani 12:00pm in the Emerson Gallery Enjoy a performance of the creation of a live flower mandala to remind us of the great beauty, strength and grace that’s always around us in the natural world. Guided Tours of Natural Progressions The Catherine Konner Sculpture Park 1:00pm & 3:00pm Clay Leaf Impressions Drop-in Art Workshop with Michael Porfido 12:00-4:00pm in the Ceramics Studio Exploring with clay is often times described as therapeutic and relaxing. While handbuidling, your mind and body are in natural synergy, working together with your creative ambitions and goals. This thoughtful, artistic activity can open up the mind and relieve you of outside worries. Embodied Dance Workshops with Allison Pagano 12:30pm and 1:30pm in the Dance Studio This workshop explores movement through the vernacular of modern and contemporary dance as both an art form for self knowledge and personal growth. We will unlock concepts of self image and stories we hold in our bodies in order to discover deeper layers of self and integration in body, mind and heart. If you are looking to explore concepts in psychological anatomy or deepen your creative expression, this workshop is for you! All lovers of movement welcome to attend. Transformational Pathways The experience of meeting oneself through the journey of a labyrinth. Performance by Allison Pagano and original music by Pete Teresi on bass guitar “Since the Bronze age, labyrinths have appeared concurrently in many cultures between which there was no geographical or trade connection. The spiraling labyrinth is somehow embedded in human consciousness. In creating modern day Labyrinths, we are tapping into the folk memory of our ancestors, connecting with their wisdom and passing their art on to future generations” – Cassandra Eason A little about our Presenting Artists: Erik Lawrence is a saxophonist and flutist: two Grammy’s as founding member of the Levon Helm Band, multi-platinum record with the Spin Doctors, has appeared on most major stages and festivals, tv shows, and hundreds of recordings. He is a sound and vibrational healer utilizing traditional and original techniques including toning, tuning forks, Tibetan bowls and especially the deep vibrational tones of his personal sound on saxophones and flutes. Jamie Gaviola paints intricate mandalas through a synthesis of technique and flow that equate to a meditative process. Deeply saturated hues are applied in rhythmic pattern with a near-compulsive attention to precision and detail to portray a sense of gravity and movement. In addition to extensively exhibiting her work she has been an artist in residence at the Wanderlust Yoga Festivals. Allison Egan Datwani is a Yoga teacher and writes the blog Glamorous Yogini sharing what inspires her healing to achieve wholeness as we all move through the good, bad and neutral periods of life. For over 25 years Allison has been guiding people to move, breathe, feel, release, center and heal. She received her yoga training from Om Yoga and has studied Yoga scriptures with Geshe Michael Roach and Lama Christie McNally. Allison has appeared on several TV shows promoting health including being a wellness consultant for the “Today Show.” Datwani creates flower mandalas to remind us of the great beauty, strength and grace that’s always around us in the natural world. Allison Pagano has been a wellness entrepreneur for 14 years with a passion for dancing, teaching and inspiring those to live more fulfilling lives through the magic of movement. Her teaching of the Simonson Method is based in body awareness, injury prevention and a holistic approach that allows each student to develop their instrument that supports optimal body mechanics. She is a certified Dance Teacher in the Simonson Method, Yoga Instructor, Reiki Master, Bodywork Therapist and Health Counselor. She has danced with several dance companies including Dance Theatre Northwest, Nikki Manx Dance Project and Art in Motion. Pete Teresi is a bass musician and has played with the Nikki Manx Dance Project. Michael Porfido began his lifelong journey as a potter in 1980 when he worked as Mikail Zkin’s studio assistant at TASOC. From ’83-’87 he apprenticed with two potters in The Republic of Korea and mastered traditional techniques. During the 90s, Michael taught pottery at elementary and middle schools, completed a BA in Arts Management and attended many workshops at Peters Valley Educational Center. From 2000-2007, he was an adult ceramics instructor at ACA of NY/NJ in Jersey City and at Bostree Studios in Sugar Loaf, NY. In 2012 he established Porfido Pottery and continues to work as an independent artist selling his functional pottery online and throughout the region. He is currently an instructor of throwing and hand building classes at Rockland Center for the Arts. RoCA’s programs are made possible, in part, with funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Additional funding for this event is made possible by the county of Rockland.
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  2. Camp Open House - April 7, 2019

    Camp Open House - April 7, 2019
    Are you looking for a creative arts experience for your child this summer? Want to learn more about Camp RoCA? Join us for one of our Camp Open Houses: Sundays March 3, April 7 or May 5, 2019 from 1:00pm-4:00pm at RoCA. Feel free to come at any time during those hours. Meet the Camp Director and Staff. Enjoy a FREE art workshop for the entire family. Tour our studio art facility and expansive grounds. Get information about the Camp program and sign up for the 2019 season!
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  3. Deni Bonet - Music Session at RoCA - 4/27

    Deni Bonet - Music Session at RoCA - 4/27
    Saturday, April 27, 7:00pm, Tickets: $15 ($20 at the door) Deni Bonet is a pop/rock singer/songwriter & classically trained violinist who has recorded & performed with R.E.M., Sarah McLachlan, Cyndi Lauper, Scissor Sisters, & Warren Zevon among many others. She was an original member of the cast of the NPR show “Mountain Stage”. She has performed at Carnegie Hall, the United Nations, Lilith Fair & the White House for President Obama, the First Lady & VP Biden.
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  4. Camp RoCA Open House

    Camp RoCA Open House
    Are you looking for a creative arts experience for your child this summer? Want to learn more about Camp RoCA? Join us for one of our Camp Open Houses: Sundays March 3, April 7 or May 5, 2019 from 1:00pm-4:00pm at RoCA. Feel free to come at any time during those hours. Meet the Camp Director and Staff. Enjoy a FREE art workshop for the entire family. Tour our studio art facility and expansive grounds. Get information about the Camp program and sign up for the 2019 season! The Camp offers 3 or 5 day per week programs, in 2, 4, 6 and 8 week sessions. Camp RoCA accepts campers ages 5-14, or those entering Kindergarten through 9th grade in 2019. The 2019 season runs from July 1 through August 23. About Camp RoCA - Camp RoCA is a place for children to explore their creativity and imagination while developing skills they can bring back to the classroom and use throughout their lives. RoCA is a space for developing artists to explore various visual art forms in our studio-based activities which include: Painting & Drawing, Ceramics, Sculpture, Art & Nature, Dance, Music, Theater Arts, Yoga, Cartooning and More! Camp RoCA features one of the region’s most comprehensive youth art programs. Under the guidance of professional teaching artists/educators and caring counselors, campers explore the arts in a supportive environment where creative expression, skill building, group cooperation, personal development, confidence and self-esteem are encouraged. RoCA campers feel a strong sense of accomplishment at the end of their session. The RoCA campus invites campers to be immersed in art on our ten wooded acres and in our fully equipped, air conditioned art studios. RoCA’s large sparkling pool and open field provide plenty of healthy outdoor recreation. Our camp is proud to maintain a consistent 5:1 camper to counselor ratio for ages 5-9 and 7:1 for ages 10-14. Camp RoCA is FUN – a place where memories are made. Children are grouped by grade level, forging lasting relationships with their peers and counselors. Each season is based on a different theme and campers learn to express themselves through both visual and performing arts. Join us and see why Camp RoCA is one of the area’s most sought after, unique and praised day camps. Rockland Center for the Arts is located at 27 S. Greenbush Rd., West Nyack, NY. Regular hours are: Mon-Fri 10-4; Sat and Sun 1-4 pm. For more information visit www.rocklandartcenter.org or call 845-358-0877.
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  5. Artists Potluck Party

    Artists Potluck Party
    Join us for a Potluck Party! To participate, email Barbara at Exhibitions.roca@gmail.com with the type of dish you will be bringing. Your dish should serve 5-6 people. Sunday, February 24, 2019 from 3-7pm.
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  6. Back By Popular Demand! Sarah Lee Gutrhie and Johnny Irion!

    Back By Popular Demand! Sarah Lee Gutrhie and Johnny Irion!
    Saturday, March 9, 7:30pm Tickets: $20 ($25 at the door) The duo, Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion return to RoCA for another magical performance. Over the last two decades, Sarah Lee and Johnny have created a critically-acclaimed signature pop-fused folk-rock sound. Sarah Lee Guthrie’s lineage is undeniable. This is evident with the clarity and soul behind her voice. Johnny Irion is coming off the release of his successful solo album, “Driving Friend”. Take advantage of this rare opportunity to experience an intimate performance of one of America’s finest folk duos.
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  7. Music Sessions

    Music Sessions

    Music sessions at RoCA feature some of the best performers in a variety of genres. Come join us! Look for new music session announcements on our website or sign up for our E-blasts to stay up to date on what's coming next!

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  8. Fall Class Registration is OPEN!

    Fall Class Registration is OPEN!

    The 2018 Fall classes at RoCA are now open for registration!

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  9. Support RoCA

    Support RoCA

    The Rockland Center for the Arts enriches the life of our community because of generous support from our members, individual donors, local businesses, foundations, and state and local government.

    Membership
    Membership has its privileges! Join at the level of your choice and access an array of benefits for you and your family. Please consider joining the community of individuals who support the arts through a RoCA membership.

    Donate
    Your donation supports arts education outreach, provides need-based scholarships to children for our art summer camp, and increases access to the arts through free and low cost events in our galleries and performance spaces.

    RoCA is your link to the creative spirit that does so much to enhance the quality of life here in Rockland. Every contribution matters. Make a donation today.

    Business Membership and Sponsorship
    Become a Business Member and provide a solid foundation for RoCA's work while offering an exciting and creative benefit for your staff and their families.

    Get noticed as a RoCA supporter! Sponsor a program, performance or exhibition and gain appreciation from RoCA's thousands of loyal members, supporters, and visitors. It's a great way to give back to our community and gain positive visibility for your business.

    Planned Giving
    Long-term support of The Rockland Center for the Arts through a planned gift ensures that we can continue and improve our programs and services to the community. Learn how you and your family can benefit from making a gift through Planned giving.

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  10. Summer Day Camp

    Summer Day Camp

    Camp RoCA is FUN – a place where memories are made and children forge lasting friendships with their peers and counselors.

    The RoCA campus invites campers to be immersed in art on our ten wooded acres and in our fully equipped, air conditioned art studios.  RoCA’s large sparkling pool and open field provide plenty of healthy outdoor recreation.

    Children are grouped by grade level. Each session is based on a different theme and campers learn to express themselves through both visual and performing arts.

    Under the guidance of professional instructors and caring counselors, campers explore art in a supportive environment where group cooperation, personal development, confidence and self-esteem are encouraged.  RoCA campers feel a strong sense of accomplishment at the end of summer.

    Join us and see why Camp RoCA is one of the area’s most sought after, unique and praised day camps.

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