March 8, 2013
Mount Dora Center for the Arts
138 E 8th Ave
Mount Dora, FL 32757
In order for anyone to appreciate art there needs to be an interaction between the viewer and the work of art. This will be accomplished first with the textural experience of the art and secondly with listening to a short description of the artwork on an audio device to provide basic background information as to subject matter, materials, techniques, historical or cultural context. The viewer can then form an intellectual and emotional experience from the interaction. Braille descriptions will also be available. The viewer may choose how in-depth their experience will be by choosing all or one of the options available to them. Sighted viewers will be given another option. They may choose to be blindfolded and experience the exhibit from the perspective of a blind person. New Vision for Independence has provided training to docents who will guide people through the exhibit.
'See It My Way, Sight Unseen" Exhibit
Friday, March 8, 2013
The Mount Dora Center for the Arts opens a tactile exhibit, “See it My Way ~ Sight Unseen” on March 8 through April 12. This collaborative effort with New Vision for Independence and Beacon College is a multi-sensory experience for people who are blind, visually impaired and sighted.
Eustis clay artist Lois Crisp-Stover created many of the works of art in this show. She employs raku firing, which is a 16th century Japanese method of firing.
Clay pieces are first fired in a gas kiln. They are taken from the kiln when it reaches 1800 degrees and quickly put into pits in the ground. Pine needles, old used motor oil and horse mature are thrown in. The pit is quickly covered with a large metal tub, starving the pieces of oxygen and causing smoke. The pieces take on the smoky color in the desired areas. The pit remains closed for 15 min. When opened the pieces are sprinkled with water to cool the work down. Stover likes to say it is like Christmas opening the pit and finding an array of colors and beautiful surprises. “It’s like a box of chocolates you never know what you will get.”
Also featured in this exhibit are 17 works of art curated by the Florida Craftsman Museum in St. Petersburg. “EXPERIENCE” is Florida’s only traveling exhibition designed to be enjoyed by a diversity of senses. It marks the beginning of Florida Craftsmen’s plan to bring the art experience to all abilities by collecting, exhibiting and traveling works of art that can be enjoyed by people of all abilities.
About MDCA: We are a community leader playing a big role in making Lake County a destination. We produce the Mount Dora Arts Festival, host 10 diverse exhibits each year and coordinate the quarterly Art Strolls. Our Art of the Deal fundraiser allows us to offer 8 weeks of summer camp to children every year.