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.