"Do One Thing" Art Exhibition & Sale, Saturday, May 4, 2019 (Select Price)

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"Do One Thing" Art Exhibition & Sale, Saturday, May 4, 2019
"Do One Thing" Art Exhibition & Sale

Rockland Center for the Arts and Blue Rock School
Invite the Community to
“Do One Thing” to Make the World a Better Place
by Attending Exhibit & Sale Benefit

Date & Time:     Saturday, May 4, 2019
VIP Reception 7-8pm
General Admission 8-10pm
Location:           Rockland Center for the Arts
27 Greenbush Road
West Nyack, NY 10994
Admission:            VIP Reception & Live Auction $55 in advance and $65 at the door
General Admission Art Exhibition & Sale $35 in advance and $45 at the door.

On May 4, 2019, Blue Rock School and Rockland Center for the Arts will host a one-day Art Exhibition & Sale fundraiser on RoCA’s sprawling 10-acre campus in West Nyack.
The event is a continuation of the dialogue initiated at RoCA’s May 2018 event, Advancing Climate Change Communication & Expression but not limited to climate change, and the goal is twofold: to showcase art that touches on issues of significant importance among our community members and also to emphasize the important role that artists can play in amplifying a message or point of view and effecting meaningful change in the world, all while raising funds for two Rockland non-profits dedicated toward giving area youths a regular platform for creative expression. Area high school and college students are being encouraged to participate in the exhibit as well and have their voices heard.

From 7-8 pm, guests can enjoy champagne and hors d’oeuvres at the VIP Reception which will feature an exhibit preview, a poetry reading by Samuel Claiborne and a live auction of acclaimed artist and Blue Rock School alumna Zaria Forman’s signed limited edition print of “Jakobshavn Glacier, Greenland, April 29th, 2017.”  Samuel Claiborne (b.1959) is a poet, essayist, composer, musician, film-scorer and sound-designer video artist and photographer.  A native of New York City, he now makes his home in the Hudson Valley.  His poetry has been published in many publications, including Northern Light, The Chronogram, and the anthologies Voices of the Valley and Riverine.  His political and environmental essays have been published in the New York Times, the Phoenix and the Hudson Valley Chronic and are broadcast regularly on Northeast Public Radio and on his iTunes Podcast: Don't Piss in my Pocket and Tell me it's Raining.  He is also a former Non-Violence Co-Ordinator for Mobilization for Survival and is still active in social and environmental justice issues. 
Artist Zaria Forman documents climate change with her incredibly life-like pastel drawings. Among her many accolades, she has flown with NASA on several Operation IceBridge missions over Antarctica, Greenland and Arctic Canada.  She has been an artist-in residence aboard the National Geographic Explorer in Antarctica, and her solo exhibit in NYC in 2018 sold out of original pastels at $60,000 each.  “I choose to convey the beauty as opposed to the devastation, in order to empower viewers rather than frighten them. If you can experience the sublimity of these landscapes, perhaps you will be inspired to protect and preserve them,” states Zaria.
General admission to the exhibit and sale is from 8-10 pm and guests can enjoy wine, hors d’oeuvres and live music. 
Rockland Center for the Arts (RoCA) was founded in 1947 by a group of community leaders and renowned artists including Aaron Copland, Paulette Goddard, Kurt Weill, Lotte Lenya, Maxwell Anderson and Helen Hayes. Their intention was to “make use of the abundant artistic talent” in their community by offering courses of instruction, exhibitions, lectures, plays and concerts “of a caliber seldom available outside of New York City.”
Today, RoCA has become a major Rockland County cultural center consistently serving the region with works of excellence in the visual, literary, and performing arts. As a not-for-profit cultural organization, RoCA presents exhibitions, performances, outreach programs, a Summer Day Camp, a School for the Arts and The Catherine Konner Sculpture Park. RoCA also administers Rockland County’s Art in Public Places program that commissions and sites public works of art throughout the community.
Everyone has the potential to express themselves through the arts. By providing a range of relevant, thought-provoking programs, RoCA engages the individual and the community through quality art experiences, while cultivating new audiences in personally meaningful ways.
 Blue Rock School is the Lower Hudson Valley’s only progressive, independent day school offering kindergarten through eighth grade on a charming, 5-acre wooded campus in West Nyack, NY. A cornerstone of the school’s philosophy is its hands-on, experiential approach that nurtures children’s innate love of learning, enables them to follow their own natural curiosity, develop as independent thinkers and grow in a dynamic learning community. In intentionally small classes, students engage in a challenging and creative academic curriculum, which is balanced and fully integrated with the arts, nature and play. Through regular exposure to music, dance, drama, art, poetry and the great outdoors, students are empowered to express themselves in new ways and approach the world with their own, individual creative energy and perspective.
Blue Rock School warmly welcomes visiting artists for special projects. If interested in volunteering, please contact Beth Norman at 845.535.3352 or development.marketing@bluerockschool.org.

For more information visit: www.bluerockschool.org.

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