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Close Your Eyes, Open Your Mind

In celebration of Meet the Blind Month, Access Gallery is Proud to Present:
“Close Your Eyes, Open Your Mind”…

A tactile exhibit that invites you to do just that…

Tactile Show Participant

The show runs from October 16th through November 20th 2009.
During the show individuals can experience unique tactile art, the work of famous artists, delicious exotic Indian food, interactive art experiences, fun educational events and live entertainment.

Events Include:

Opening Night Celebration“Masked Ball” – Friday, October 16th, 5:00pm to 8:30pm. Food generously donated by Little India and Namaste Restaurant.  Special musical guest: Eric Woods and entertainer Tom Anderson as Louis Braille will be on hand to lighten up the evening.

Family Art Day – Saturday, October 31st, 11:00am to 1:00pm. Make your own tactile art, Ann Cunningham, author and nationally known tactile artist, will lead this fun and educational workshop.  Free and open to the public.

The First Friday Art Walk – November 6th, 6pm to 9:00pm. Food generously provided by Star of India and The Royal India Restaurants.  Special musical guest: Eric woods and entertainer Tom Anderson will be on hand to lighten up the evening.  Also canes and sleep shades will be available for participants to experience the artwork in this manner.

Careers in the Arts Brown Bag Event – October 28th, 12:00pm to 1:30pm. Join us for this insightful workshop on learning how to use the arts to move into a new career or just free yourself with the arts as your vehicle.

Closing Reception – November 20th, 6:00 to 8:00pm. Come join us one last time and enjoy the art and entertainment.

Tactile Artwork

Special Highlights:

Many amazing tactile artist will be exhibiting their work including  two internationally known artists – Michael Naranjo and Esref Armagan. Michael is a celebrated sculpture who has honed his skills to the point where he can assess through touch alone whether his pieces have movement, composition, balance and flow.  Esref, with his unique genius, represents space with ease, and his paintings are full of color, light and perspective.

We will spotlight the US Mint limited edition Louis Braille commemorative coin in recognition of his development of the Braille system of reading and writing.

With this show, we are striving to increase awareness around the issues that people face who are blind or have visual impairment, showcase and celebrate the power and ability of these individuals and demonstrate how other art organizations and businesses can be more accessible for people who are blind or visually impaired.

All events will take place at The Access Gallery, located in the heart of Denver’s hottest art district on 909 Santa Fe Drive, with easy access from the bus stop and the light rail. For more information, please call 303/777-0797 or check out our web site at: www.accessgallery.org

Look forward to seeing you there!

This project would not be possible if it were not for our generous sponsors:

The Colorado Center for the Blind is a world-renowned training center for people who are blind.  Established in 1988, the Colorado Center, located in Littleton, has provided innovative teaching techniques and philosophy that continues to have far-reaching effects on the lives of blind people, taking them to new heights of independence.  To learn more call 303/778-1130.

The National Federation of the Blind of Denver is governed by the philosophy that states, “With proper training and opportunity, blind people can compete on terms of equality with their sighted peers”.  They strive to make this a reality. To learn more contact Brent Batron at 303/778-1130.

Sensational Books: Ann Cunningham, author, illustrator and nationally known tactile artist, who creates multi-sensory reading and tactile art experiences.  This includes, “Sadie Can Count,” a children’s book that promotes sensory integration and diversity awareness for all.  To learn more please visit www.sensationalbooks.com

Worley Enterprises: Worley Enterprises, the WE team has more than one hundred employees providing high quality foodservice to our United State soldiers. 75% of the management and labor of the WE team are persons with disabilities. They proudly build opportunity through service to others with thanks to the National Federation of the Blind.  To learn more please visit http://www.worleyenterprises.biz

Dynamic Buna, Inc.:
Buna Dahal, a dynamic employment trainer, motivational speaker, and leadership strategist.  She is an expert with over 10 years of teaching individuals and businesses how to think in innovative and strategic way to not only survive but to thrive in the business world of today.  Please check out her website at www.dynamicbuna.com or call at 303/758-1232

Quiet Mind: Is a company providing the nutritional supplement Quiet Mind.  This is a remarkable combination of high quality plant and metallic minerals, vitamins and amino acids.  The formula is designed to provide essential ingredients, furnished through nutritional supplements that may support healthy central nervous systems and balanced moods.  To learn more please contact 303/794-5672 or go to their website at www.quietminds.com

JL Applied Technologies: JL Applied Technologies is a web design company specializing in accessible site design. We were founded in February 2009. We pride our selves on being able to design the most accessible, screen reader friendly, and overall user-friendly websites! We can handle any project, no matter how big or small; anything from personal blogs to enterprise class sites. We believe in quality, not quantity! For more information, please contact Jeremy Lincicome. Phone: 303-539-9377 | Email: admin@jlappliedtechnologies.com | Website: http://jlappliedtechnologies.com

Community Connect Trade Association (CCTA): is an association of business owners and professionals who trade products and services with each other for in an organized system, and through the medium of Community Connect Trade Dollars.  CCTA members increase sales, decrease expenses and increase net profit by doing business with each other.  CCTA is committed to extending economic benefits to citizens and the community at large.  To learn more call 303/945-2444 or visit their website: http://communityconnecttrade.com/

Greenberg Traurig is an international law firm with more than 1,750 attorneys and governmental affairs professionals in 32 locations across the United States and in Europe and Asia. GT was selected as the 2007 USA Law Firm of the Year by Chambers and Partners. We help clients bridge diverse legal systems and cultures, with a focus on efficient, effective strategic advice and legal services. Our multidisciplinary team includes senior lawyers who have been the chief legal officers at major multinational companies and have spent years solving real-world problems in the business, political and legal arenas. For additional information, please visit www.gtlaw.com.

The Purple Door Studios, founded by Madeline Wiener in 1989, is a stone carving studio.  Unique, often monumental sculpture is created with a variety of power tools in an industrial yet creative setting.   Sculptors include: Mark Brodie, Kathi Caricof, Edy Cherniack, Mike Clapper, Vanessa Clarke, Steve Dorrian, Greg Spitzer, Ryszard, Tom Wermers, Josh Wiener, Madeline Wiener, and furniture-maker Phil Mann.  The studio is located at 1335 35th Street, in Denver, Colorado. See some of the work done by Purple Door here.

LABARRE LAW OFFICES, P.C. specializes in employment law, disability rights, Social Security appeals, Randolph-Sheppard Act law, estate planning, and some business law. Scott Labarre is active in national, state and local bar associations through his service in many roles. To learn more please contact LaBarre Law offices, 303/504-5979.

These four wonderful and well-known restaurants serving some of the finest Indian and Nepalese cuisine in Colorado have generously donated their wonderful food to be served at our openings.  These include:

Star of India: located at 3102 S. Parker Road, in Aurora, 303/755-1921
Royal India: located 1550 Colorado Blvd, Denver, 303/758-9099
Little India: located at 1533 Champa St, Denver, 303/629-5777
Namaste Day Restaurant: located at 3355 S. Wadsworth Blvd. Lakewood, 720/963-4005

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