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VSA arts/Williamstown Theatre Festival Apprenticeship
Deadline: February 23, 2007
VSA arts has partnered with the renowned Williamstown Theatre Festival in Williamstown, Massachusetts to establish the VSA arts Apprenticeship for students with a disability, ages 19 – 24, who are interested in expanding their theater education and knowledge. The VSA arts Apprenticeship provides a talented student with a unique insight into the world of a professional theater.
“I am living in a theater lover’s utopia and I don’t want this experience to end.”
Every summer, the Williamstown Theatre Festival Apprentice Program offers 70 promising students classes in acting, voice, and movement. Discussions and master classes with notable professionals are also a part of the apprentice experience. Apprentices also learn about the different aspects of running a professional theater company by working in each of the various departments at the Festival on a rotating basis. Many former apprentices have gone on to successful careers in the professional theater.
2007 Apprentice Application Information
Application Form 25 KB | Guidelines 29 KB
National Federation of the Blind Will Manage National Braille Transcribing and Proofreading Certification Program
Jernigan Institute Will Help Make More Braille Books Available
Baltimore, Maryland (January 4, 2007): The National Federation of the Blind (NFB), the nation's largest consumer organization of the blind and the leading promoter of Braille literacy in America, announced today that the NFB has been awarded a contract by the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped of the Library of Congress (NLS) to conduct that agency's National Braille Transcribing and Proofreading Certification Program. The announcement comes on the anniversary of the birth of Louis Braille (1809-1852), the French inventor of the reading and writing system universally accepted as the most effective literacy tool for blind persons.
The contract from NLS was awarded to the National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute, the only research and training facility for the blind operated by the blind. The NFB Jernigan Institute will conduct all administrative functions of the certification program, including the recruitment, training, and evaluation of individuals wishing to become certified Braille transcribers and proofreaders.
Dr. Betsy Zaborowski, Executive Director of the National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute, said: "We are pleased and proud to have the opportunity to work with NLS to implement this critically important program. We are dedicated to significantly increasing the number of qualified Braille transcribers and proofreaders, thus making Braille literature, instructional materials, and musical scores more available to the blind of America."
Marc Maurer, President of the National Federation of the Blind, said: "The National Federation of the Blind continues to be committed to increasing awareness of and proficiency in Braille. The implementation of the Braille transcriber and proofreader certification program is the latest manifestation of this commitment, which has also included the passage of important legislation mandating Braille instruction for blind children and the passage just this past summer of legislation authorizing the minting of a commemorative coin in honor of Louis Braille. Research has consistently shown that knowledge of Braille is critical to blind persons becoming equal participants in the workplace and in their communities. The dedicated professionals at our Jernigan Institute will work tirelessly to make sure that materials in Braille become more widely available to blind Americans of all ages, interests, and disciplines."
About the National Federation of the Blind
With more than 50,000 members, the National Federation of the Blind is the largest and most influential membership organization of blind people in the United States. The NFB improves blind people's lives through advocacy, education, research, technology, and programs encouraging independence and self-confidence. It is the leading force in the blindness field today and the voice of the nation's blind. In January 2004 the NFB opened the National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute, the first research and training center in the United States for the blind led by the blind.
NATIONAL FEDERATION OF THE BLIND, 1800 Johnson Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21230
InSights Art Competition for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Legally blind children and adults from all over the world participate in the annual InSights art competition sponsored by the American Printing House for the Blind.
Each year children from preschool through high school, as well as adults, enter all kinds of art in the nSights competition. Painting, drawing, and printmaking are examples of two-dimensional art that may be ubmitted; three-dimensional pieces might include sculptures in wood, wire, ceramics etc. Fiber arts may also be entered, such as needlepoint, knitting, and crochet.
Any visual art piece may be entered, so long as the design is original. Pieces made from a kit or mold will not be accepted.
The InSights competition is juried (judged), and there are several ways entries receive recognition. About 500 pieces are entered in the competition each year, and approximately 80 pieces are selected to be placed on exhibit at the American Printing House for the Blind annual meeting, held each October in Louisville, Kentucky. Judges also choose the top three entries from each of the nine categories, and these winners receive special certificates and cash prizes. Several honorable mentions may be selected for special recognition. All winners are invited to attend the APH annual meeting to receive their awards.
Outstanding work may be recognized in two other ways. First, special pieces may be chosen to appear on birthday, Christmas and other holiday cards. These cards feature braille and large print text, and are truly beautiful. Second, the collectible annual InSights calendar features a different work of art for each month; the calendar has both braille and large print numbers and text, and is spiral-bound for easy use.
According to an APH press release, artists who enter the InSights art competition "must meet this definition of blindness: corrected visual acuity of 20/200 or less in the better eye, or a visual field limited to 20 degrees or less."
Each artist may enter only one piece in the general competition. Artists wishing to participate in the special art card competition, new in 2007, may enter a second piece; this section is limited to works appropriate for birthday and December holiday cards.
The deadline for submitting entries is April 1 for children (preschool through high school), and April 15 for adults.
All entries MUST be accompanied by an application. Applications for the InSights art competition are posted to the APH website in February. Visit the APH website at: www.aph.org
For more information, or to request a paper application, call the American Printing House for the Blind at 800-223-1839, x357.
Making scents of a garden:
Sensory garden enhances experience for the blind.
By Alice Mannette/staff
STAUNTON. PA — Phyllis Campbell loves the gentle rustle of leaves on a maple tree, the quiet comfort of her living room at sunset and the sweet smell of a rose on her dining room table. But Campbell has never seen a maple tree, the setting sun or the color of a rose — whether it’s sunny yellow or powder pink. Campbell is blind.
Although unable to see, Campbell, a teacher, has not missed out on the luxurious smells and calming effects of plants. Her husband, Chuck, ran a nursery in Churchville for many years. He brought home different herbs, she felt each leaf’s texture and the aroma of sweet basil and sage.
Campbell loves plants, but walking through a garden is difficult. The grass often covers up holes in the soil, the paths usually meanders — sometimes ending without justification, and because most gardens are designed to show off color as opposed to aroma, sometimes there is simply brilliant hues.
In May, Campbell will have a place to share, as Staunton launches the first blind-accessible professionally planted garden in Virginia. With the help of the Talking Books Center, the city of Staunton, the Staunton Public Library and the Brenda Papke Memorial Committee, a 2,000-square-foot triangular-shaped garden named after Brenda Papke, founder of the Children’s Art Network, will open on the north end of the library lawn. As well as having Braille signs and maps and a taped tour, the garden will be accessible for people who can’t easily walk.
"This community, since 1839, has opened its heart to the visually impaired," Campbell said. "A garden is something that the disabled can share with the community. A garden that is reaching out to all the citizens is especially beautiful."
The city’s horticulturist, Matthew Sensabaugh, has designed a utilitarian, yet attractive, walkway. He’s researched which plants offer the best scents, where to place flowers that attract bees and which trees have rhythmical tones when they rustle in the winds.
"We’ll incorporate some herbs, sweet bay magnolia, a butterfly bush and witch hazel, he said. "We want things that would bloom with different fragrances throughout the year."
Making sure that the plants can withstand touch and are climate-appropriate is essential.
Oakley Pearson, the director of the Talking Book Center, which is housed at the library, is instrumental in helping design the garden. "The garden is a wonderful thing for everybody," he said. "You can hear, smell and touch to enjoy. It’s a place of relaxation, stimulation and learning."
It will also be a place of beauty, said Pam Huggins, who has spearheaded the campaign to raise money for the blind and handicapped accessible Brenda Papke Memorial Sensory Garden.
"Brenda believed strongly that art should be seen as a gift, a gift that should be used to enrich and uplift others," Huggins said. "She would have loved it (the garden)."
The garden, Brenda’s gift to the community of beautifully landscaped natural art, will coincide with her eldest child, Lauren, graduating from the College of William and Mary.
"Brenda enjoyed bringing exciting ideas to life," said Papke’s widower, Bob Andersen. "She would have liked the fact that it’s all not about her." Others are invited to memorialize loved ones or donate to the garden that will be accessible to all.
"A garden speaks to the person within. It reaches everyone," Campbell said. "My husband will be excited to take me to it. He can share what he sees with me, and I can share my feelings about flowers and what they smell like."
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Asia Pacific Media Network
Monday, January 08, 2007:
TV producer helps the blind lead the blind.
By Vivian Wu, South China Morning Post
In China, Wang Liwei is closing the gap between the sighted and unsighted with film.
A professional encounter four years ago led former photographer and TV producer Wang Liwei, 48, into the world of the blind. Since then, he and his wife, Zheng Xiaojie, have sought to introduce film to the unsighted as a source of pleasure and opportunity. He spoke to Vivian Wu.
How did you come into contact with the blind community?
I used to be an independent TV producer, and in 2001 my wife and I decided to make an independent TV documentary series on the lives of blind people as a way to call for attention and to aid the community. We produced the programme and offered it free to a local TV station.
In our preparation for the programme, we found blind people were the most disadvantaged of all disadvantaged groups. So we started helping the blind friends we made while shooting the documentary through various charity events.
But gradually we found that if we were going to help them, it was not enough just to film them with cameras. We needed deep insight into their way of thinking, from a position as equals. So we gave up our production business and focused on training blind people to teach other blind people to make audio and video programmes.
What's your motivation for doing this?
The idea is to give them a greater capacity to participate in social life. The gap between the blind and the sighted has mainly been caused by the absence of visual information. So we try to give them basic training and help to get their visual information back. Narrating films is a highly concentrated way of replenishing visual information about the arts, tradition, culture, society, tourism and history of a healthy human life conveyed in the films. It also entertains people and tells them what the world of "vision" looks like. Absence of visual information hinders their understanding of life and damages their quality of life. But few people understood this, even their families. We started the Hongdandan Centre charity in July 2003 to fully devote ourselves to helping the blind. We put all our money into it, buying office appliances, hiring staff, starting a website, making and uploading audio and video clips of movies and the narrations. The centre grew and blind people fro
m all over Beijing would travel from the other side of the city to listen to our narrations every weekend in our hutong courtyard office.
The money we earned from the programme, our income from shares, our savings, and compensation for demolition of our house were all put into the organisation. We spent more than 1 million yuan, all of our money, and borrowed 200,000 yuan. Money is not that important; it's just a tool to do things. But we are always short of cash. We are trying to teach some young blind people to do basic audio editing, to record the narrations, edit them into an audio archive and upload to the website. By doing these things, the young people learn skills that might help them to find a decent job in the difficult job market.
So how do you narrate the films?
You have to be descriptive, but not talkative. You should know exactly where to stop. For example, at the parts when the characters speak, you need to pause and let the blind listen. You also have to know where to explain and describe -- especially when people are quiet, but the scenes change -- you need to explain what is happening, what the things look like. It's a skill, based on patience, understanding and familiarity with the story. A famous CCTV talkshow anchor volunteered to narrate the movies, but people complained that he talked too much. It's not easy and needs practice.
Why have you kept doing it so long?
I am Buddhist, I do what I believe. The Chinese have lost themselves, blindly chasing material benefits. They don't know how to choose their life goal. They've been trained by the Communist Party's education and propaganda, and don't know how to be true to themselves. I help others for myself, just to make myself happy by doing the things I love to do. Helping others is an act of giving, but I do it for my own satisfaction and self-salvation, not only for the so-called sacrifice described in propaganda.
UNIQUE TOUCH TOUR BRINGS ART TO BLIND STUDENTS
By Grayson Kamm
,First Coast News.
JACKSONVILLE, FL -- If you've ever been to an art museum, you know the number one rule: do not touch! That is, unless you had a chance to be on a unique tour at the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens on Monday morning.
With every fingertip, gliding over ridges and curls, the image grew clearer. The first visitors to see the Cummer Museum's new exhibit -- didn't use their eyes at all.
"It's like being able to get to know the art and see what it really looks like," said Maggie Meade, who had just finished running her gloved hand over the bends of a bold wooden woman, a forlorn bronze bust, and other works of art.
On this special "touch tour" were students from the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind
in St. Augustine. Their vision is very low or nonexistent. But their interest in the Cummer's new display of African-American art is extraordinary.
It's more than only "touching." This is about feeling -- in every sense of that word.
"Sitting there, looking at something, and you can't really see it that well -- you're not going to make as good of a connection as you would if you were to feel it," explained Chelsea Stillman, one of about two dozen students who took the tour.
Walter and Linda Evans, the artwork's owners, couldn't take their eyes away. "They can tell things about this art that that I've never known before," Walter Evans said after marveling at the students' ability to understand the expressions on the sculptures' faces and the emotions they conveyed.
These sculptures had traveled to fifty museums. This was the first time their owners had ever let a visitor touch them. "Discover -- by using their hands instead of their eyes. It's very moving," collection owner Linda Evans said.
Monday marked the launch of the Cummer's exhibition of the Walter O. Evans Collection of African American Art
Eighty pieces, including sculptures, paintings, and more will be on display through Black History Month and on until April 17th.
The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens is located in Jacksonville, Florida.
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By Sriram Narayanan
FEBRUARY 11, 2007: Rajendra Dhanuka
(35) seems pretty suave behind the wheel. The 35-year-old valuer is piloting
his Honda City on a turbid Sunday morning and cheekily asks his navigator if he
is allowed to overtake.
Arun Kurkute (36), his navigator, smiles affirmatively. Dhanuka promptly
downshifts a gear and floors the accelerator, hurtling his mellow gold Honda
City down Cadell Road.
Meanwhile, Kurkute's slender fingers are feverishly moving on an embossed sheet
of paper. Charting his way through a route map, perhaps? Not really. Kurkute is
completely blind. And what he has on his hands is a sheet of landmarks and
directions in Braille.
And like theirs, there are 63 other cars vying for victory in the Blind Man's Car
Rally. Each driven by the owner and navigated by a visually-impaired person. A
perfect case of the blind leading the sighted.
Organised by Round Table India (RTI), part of the international NGO Round Table
International, this is the third such rally in Mumbai; the last one was held in
1994. The NGO has already built 1,100 schools at the cost of Rs 75 crore and
has educated 6,00,000 students.
"We provide primary education by building infrastructure for across the
country and by 2008, aim to educate one million children," said Paresh
Chaudhry, a member of RTI and corporate communication professional with
Flagged off at Worli seaface by Ajay Devgan, who is a goodwill ambassador of
RTI, the route touched Five Gardens, the leafy lanes of Dadar and Shivaji Park to the grandeur that Ballard Pier
and Nariman Point that is nearly deserted on non-working days.
Dhanuka was all praise for Kurkute. "Arun quite expertly guided me through
those tiny lanes of Dadar's Hindu Colony, which is so easy to lose your way
in," he said. "I like his confidence and the world they live
However, the pair missed one stopover and did not qualify as finishers. Both
seemed the least perturbed, though.
"It was a lot of fun and it is not often that I get to interact with other
people," says Kurkute. Besides being a Masters in Social Work, Kurkute is
also doing a Phd on the sociology of the blind in Mumbai, has trekked in the
Himalayas, ran in the Mumbai Marathon and plans to swim the English
However, out of the
63 participants, only 19 finished. Just to give you an idea of how arduous the
route was. The route description in Braille very smartly avoided mentioning
important landmarks. Instead, all the clues revealed were tiny, inconsequential
places like beauty parlours, travel agencies and small signboards.
Winner of the rally, Zarin Havewala, is a teacher.
"I think this is a great venue for normal and visually-impaired people to
interact. My navigator Ketan Kothari was so good, we won the rally," he
But while the visually-challenged impressed their keen sense of direction, this
reporter asked Kurkute if there are any disabled-friendly cars in India.
"None," came the calm but stark reply.
New course teaches
UCSC students about disability
of California, Santa Cruz, is offering a new general
education course on universal access and assistive technology, enabling
students from all majors to learn more about disability and the issues that
The course is taught by Roberto
Manduchi, an associate professor of computer engineering whose research
includes work on assistive technology. Assistive technology refers to equipment
that allows people with disabilities to function in the day-to-day world.
Universal access is the goal of assistive technology, which seeks to enable
everyone, disabled or not, to communicate and participate in society.
According to Manduchi, the new
course is unique in that it addresses both the technological aspects of
disabilities and the implications of disability on a personal and societal
"There is some technology
involved, because this is an engineering course. But mostly the emphasis is on
understanding the physiology, psychology, and sociology of disability,"
The course is aimed at anyone
interested in the subject, but will be required for those pursuing UCSC's new
bioengineering major. Called Universal Access: Disability, Technology, and
Society, it will be offered every year and has no prerequisites. The students
who are taking the class this year are evenly distributed among engineering,
social sciences, humanities, and physical and biological sciences, Manduchi
The class incorporates invited guest
lecturers to give the students as many perspectives on disability as possible.
These include experts who study disability, professionals who work with people
with disabilities, and disabled people themselves. Manduchi himself spent
almost 10 years working on robot vision before deciding to apply that knowledge
to helping blind people. He thought it would be easy, but soon learned
"Most engineers are like me.
They start proposing solutions to the problem of disability without knowing
what the problems are," Manduchi said. "After a while, I realized
that you could not start from an engineering point of view. You need to talk to
people and understand all the issues that go along with disability. Then you
can start trying to solve the problem."
In his research, Manduchi addresses
the problem of blindness by engineering equipment that helps blind people sense
He developed what he calls a
"laser cane" that can sense obstacles in a person's path. He is also
working on a computer mouse that translates onscreen features into tactile
sensations, like the feedback sensors on some video-game controllers. Another
project involves using the camera and computer in a cellular phone to
"look" for things like bathrooms and elevators in an unfamiliar
Peggy Church, director of the Disability Resource Center
on campus, and her staff provided resources and information that helped
Manduchi design the new course. Church called the class an important
contribution to broadening students' awareness of disability.
"When people think of
diversity, they think of ethnic diversity and gender, but not about
disability," she said.
The course includes a project that
requires students to immerse themselves in a facet of the disability issue.
Manduchi said this could include learning some American Sign Language or
spending 24 hours with a person with a disability. Manduchi said he hopes that
his course will give students an opportunity to explore a field and an issue
they might otherwise not have thought about.
"I think the right way to deal
with disability is knowledge: getting to know what disability means and
entails," Manduchi said.
WHERE THE BLIND WORK …
Note, the first part of this
document is an explanation, and the second part is a short form to be filled
The National Federation of
the Blind Writers' Division is creating a new accessible and easy to use
resource covering the various types of employment that the blind are engaged in
and how they do it. This new resource is called "Where the Blind
Work" and it will be hosted on the NFB's Jernigan Institute's web pages.
The format will be unique to other existing resources; there is never enough
good information out there on the employability of the blind.
The target audiences who
will benefit from this resource are:
• The blind, who are
in the process of figuring out a first job or wanting to change careers.
• Employers who are
wondering if the blind are employable within their company.
responsible for guidance of career development for the blind.
• Parents who may
wonder what the future employability factor is for their blind child.
• The general public
who are interested in learning the truth of the human potential to successfully
live and work with blindness.
To accomplish this goal we
want to collect as many employment descriptions as we can. We want to include the
widest range of jobs represented as possible and not stop at having just one
example of each. After all, not only do we all not like doing the same thing,
but we all wouldn't do a job the same way. Additionally, to make this resource
tool the most effective and user friendly, its setup must follow a strict
format. The result then will be that the readers of this resource can be
assured that in going from description to description, they will know where to
expect to find certain specifics and it will not be a lot of work to get the
information being sought.
Who should fill out an employment description form?
First, our definition of blind is a person who functions at some level of
visual deficit, noticeably different than the visual norm and requires the use
of an alternative technique to carry out the duties of the job.
Second, we are looking for a
person who is now or has in the past been employed. Thus, you may fill out a
form for any or all the jobs you have ever worked.
Please e-mail the completed
form to Robert Leslie Newman at <mailto:newmanrl@...>newmanrl@...
Once the description is
received, members of the National Federation of the Blind Writers' Division
will check them through for any needed minor editing and categorize them into
Employment Description Form
Guideline 1--The total
length of a completed form cannot exceed 1,000 words.
Guideline 2--The employment
description must follow these five questions:
Question 1. What is your
name and job title?
Note: If you are open to
being contacted, consider registering with NFB LINK; this innovative program
pairs individuals seeking information or advice with experienced
Question 2. What do you do
on your job?
Note: Tell of the basic
things that any worker would be required to do on this job; any specialized
blindness alternatives appear in the next question.
Question 3. To what extent
are you blind and what special adaptations do you use on the job?
Note: In respect to your
blindness, consider naming the condition. Otherwise briefly describe it your
way. As for the adaptations, speak of the common sense things you do, to the
more formal low vision and/or non-visual alternative methods and/or equipment
you will use to perform the duties of your job.
Question 4. What are the
qualifications to enter this job position?
Note: Tell if there is prior
experience needed or special training or education or certificates required ,
etc. Mention where you might go employment-wise from here.
Question 5. What influences
did you have along the way which aided you to be successful?
Note: Did you have a
mentor? Did participation within a consumer group aid you? If so, explain.
Colorado Ballet’s Department of Education & Outreach
Where the Wild Things Are
Sensory Tour for the Blind
The Sensory Tour is designed for the
visually impaired and blind community. The event will include a
“tactile tour” of the ballet, with help from tactile artist Ann
Cunningham. The tour will provide the opportunity for patrons to feel
costumes and sets, and to participate in a tactile art activity.
Following the tour is a performance of Where the Wild Things Are with Bruch
Violin Concerto. The performance will be audio-described through
individual headsets available to blind and visually-impaired patrons.
GREAT FOR ALL AGES!
You must have a
reservation for this event. For more information or to make a reservation
please call 303-339-1632 or email tiffany@....
Only 30 spots are available for the tactile tour so make your reservations
Saturday, March10th, 2007
Tour begins at12PMat the
Ellie Caulkins Opera House - 14th&Curtis
Audio-describedshow begins at2PM
The pages of Maurice Sendak's award-winning
children's book come to the stage in thislively adaptation. WHERE THE WILD
THINGSAREdepicts aboy's journey to a land of snuffling, shuffling, but
ultimately loveablemonsters; where he ultimately learns that there really is no
place like home. Agreat ride for kids of all ages!
Additionally, ColoradoBallet will perform BRUCH VIOLIN
CONCERTO, which will precede each performance of WHERE THE WILDTHINGSARE.
Director of Education & Outreach
1278 Lincoln St.
303-837-8888 ext. 1632
Direct Line- 303-339-1632
NATIONAL EXHIBITS BY BLIND ARTISTS, INC.
(215) 925-3213 · (800) 222-1754
CALL FOR ARTISTS
“ART BEYOND SIGHT” – 2007-2008
Sponsored by NEBA, Library for the Blind and Physically
Handicapped of the Free Library of Philadelphia
and the Wayne Art Center.
WAYNE ART CENTER
*Additional venues are scheduled
NEBA Selections and
Awards Selection Chair:
Jan Baltzell, Artist,
Professor at the Pa. Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia
PRIZES: Best in
2-dimensional and 3-dimensional
All participating legally blind artists must be able to verify the
nature of their vision loss.
All participating legally blind artists must be eighteen years or
All artwork must have been completed since the vision loss.
Artwork must not have been previously exhibited by NEBA.
Artists may submit slides (preferred); 8” x 10”
photographs or electronic files on CD-ROM for three pieces of artwork.
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: MARCH 30, 2007
National Exhibits by Blind Artists, Inc. (NEBA)
P. O. Box
Notification of the results of the review
will be on or around May 1, 2007.
Slides should be 2” x 2” color transparencies.
a) Send 1 slide per entry for each two-dimensional work.
Send 2 slides for each three-dimensional work.
Each slide must be marked with the artist’s name on the
front, title of work and medium. Place a dot in the upper right hand
corner on front of slide.
Slides must be of actual work available for exhibit.
Include a self-addressed, stamped envelope for the return of the
slides. Slides of work NOT SELECTED for the show will be returned after
Enclosed form must be completed and returned with slides.
All artwork accepted for the exhibit must
arrive (shipped or delivered) not later than May 24, 2007. It must be
insured by the artist and arrive ready for display.
Postal delivery: NEBA, P.O. Box 1194, Philadelphia,
Courier or hand delivery: NEBA, 919 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA
PLEASE NOTE: NEBA RESERVES THE RIGHT TO REJECT WORKS NOT
PROPERLY PREPARED FOR EXHIBIT. WORKS HAVE BEEN REJECTED IN THE PAST AS
UNSUITABLE FOR SHOWING BECAUSE THEY WERE NOT CONSTRUCTED PROPERLY OR READY FOR
Plexiglas is preferred in place of glass.
Sculpture must be suitably mounted; bases must be securely
Textiles or other fiber work must have a rod for hanging.
Paintings or drawings must be framed and wired for hanging.
All work should be professionally packed for shipping (or packed
in a comparable manner). Your container will be used for return shipping.
All work must be insured for shipping. NEBA provides
insurance for return delivery.
For any work selected for the show, NEBA will request a short
biography of the artist and a description of the work. This may be a
taped message on cassette.
A contract will be sent upon notification of acceptance by the
All works will be returned to the artist or released to purchaser
at the close of the contract period for this exhibit.
10. NEBA receives a
20% commission on all sales of artwork.
Submission deadline: March 30, 2007
Acceptance notification date: May 1, 2007
Artwork delivery date: May 24, 2007
Plano Courier-Star, TX, USA,
February 17, 2007.
John Bramblitt: Blind artist
expresses vision in paintings
By Liz McGathey, Staff Writer
A blind artist.
It may sound a little
strange, but to Denton
resident John Bramblitt, it's life.
Although Bramblitt sees
nothing with his eyes, his art shows that a visual picture is not the only way
Bramblitt will be in
at 7 p.m. at the ArtCentre of Plano, 1039
E. 15th Street on Monday Feb. 26. As part of the
Plano Art Association's monthly meeting, he will demonstrate his method.
When he lost his sight less
than a decade ago, the soft-spoken artist said he was angry.
"At first, I thought I
was handling it pretty well," he said. "Looking back I think I was in
denial and I was angry but I didn't realize it until I started painting."
Now, he says, he feels
better than ever.
"When I first lost my
sight, I thought I would never achieve anything past that. I didn't really see
myself doing much - a lot of people feel that way when they become
disabled," he said.
But, the Texas native said he really doesn't think of
himself as disabled. He feels he has only recently accepted his blindness when
he dreamt of himself as a blind person for the first time.
"They say you don't
really know a foreign language until you start dreaming in that language,"
Likewise, he believes his
dream portrays this subconscious realization.
What caused him to go blind
is unknown, but a seizure disorder he has suffered from since his youth may have
caused nerve damage that affected the visual centers of his brain. The loss in
his sight was gradual and similar to the fluctuating vision he had after
"I was legally blind
before that but I didn't know," he said.
Bramblitt said he only knows
if it's sunny or dark outside. Aside from this limited light perception, he
doesn't see anything.
Why would a man who lost his
sight later in life choose painting as his creative outlet?
"I always liked to do
creative things like creative writing but I thought I couldn't write and I
didn't even think about drawing because I couldn't see. But I wanted to get my
hands on something. I wanted to do sculpture but I wanted to do something more
visual. Painting was a way of getting some sort of vision," he said.
When Bramblitt decided he
wanted to paint, he had to find a way to navigate his drawings. When he would
make the initial sketch using a flat drawing implement like pencil, he couldn't
feel the lines so his goal was to find a line drawing medium that would produce
a raised line that he could feel.
At first he tried Elmer's
glue but the drying time made for a lengthy project. His next experiment was
with White-Out pens because the paint dries much faster but it tends to sink
into the canvas making it harder to find the lines as days pass and the project
progresses. Bramblitt eventually settled on puffy paint, a crafter's tool
generally used on fabrics.
Bramblitt uses the puffy
paint to create his drawing and once it's dry enough to maintain raised lines,
he paints over it with a primer. Finally, he fills in the lines with oil paints
- much like paint by number.
He chose oil paints because
they are "easy to feel on a brush." They also take longer to dry so
it gives him more working time. He also found that white and black oils each
have their own texture so he is able tell which color he's using simply by
feeling them. For other colors, Bramblitt has found yet another way to
"Some colors are pretty
close [in texture]. I can mix in different mediums to change the way they feel
so when you first start you know what everything feels like," he said.
"Sometimes I find a color that I like the way it feels and I use it just because
I like the way it feels."
In fact, painting has become
such an big part of his life that Bramblitt feels color when he touches the
skin of the people he meets.
"At first I said 'no,
that's wrong' but pretty quickly I thought 'if that's the way I see it then that's
the way I see it,'" he said. "It's weird though because the colors
change all the time. Color is emotion - life just drips with feeling, with
emotion and with color. I feel like I have a brighter world because I don't
feel constrained by the colors around me. When I touch someone's face I try to
put the colors that I feel down so people can see what I see."
And, it seems he is getting
that message across. Most of his original paintings have sold and prints are
available on his Web site.
"I've been surprised
that I've sold almost everything I've painted; I'm pretty happy about
that," he said. "I'm not worried about making a living off of it
because I'm going to do it regardless."
Bramblitt's paintings range
from portraits to buildings. His early works were pulled from his memory but
now he uses his hands to see the faces he paints.
"When you feel
something, you put so much more information into your brain so it's easier for
your brain to remember," he said.
Bramblitt said he finds it
comical when art show patrons discover he is blind after they've seen his
"When they don't know
who the artist is and people will see that I'm blind, they will go back and
look at the painting," he said. "I don't know what they're looking
Selling more paintings has
allowed Bramblitt to do be contacted for appearances like the one in Plano as well as events
with sighted and blind children. He said he's impressed when blind children and
sighted children who are blindfolded begin painting.
Although Bramblitt never set
out to share his craft in this way, he said he plans to continue these types of
events in the future.
The University of North Texas
student will begin grad school next semester and plans to go on to teach
creative writing but his painting will never take a back seat.
"If I stopped painting
I would lose my mind," he said. "I sort of wrap the rest of my world
around that. If I don't get to paint, that means I don't sleep much that
Although Bramblitt believes
his method is not much different from sighted painters, he hopes he can shed a
new light on his disability. And, he said he looks forward to coming to Plano.
To learn more about John Bramblitt and his craft,
SAVE-A-DATE: September 28 -30, 2007
Art Beyond Sight: Multi-modal
Approaches to Learning, Creativity and Communication
by Art Education for the Blind,
The Metropolitan Museum of Art,
Location: The Metropolitan Museum of Art,
1000 Fifth Avenue, New York City
Following the sold-out 2005 conference on multimodal
approaches to learning, Art Education for the Blind (AEB) and The Metropolitan
Museum of Art are organizing a second international conference to further
address the challenges faced by educators, artists, museum professionals,
architects and designers to create multimodal learning opportunities and
environments that better serve all audiences. This conference will address multiple modalities in the following
disciplines: Art history, contemporary art and new media; cognitive psychology
and neuroscience; universal/human-centered design, products and environments in
the 21st century; and education for people with sensory and other
The conference will bring together educators, museum
curators, psychologists, neuroscientists, architects, designers,
anthropologists, scientists, and others concerned with multimodal learning,
disability, art and education. Among the participants are Stephen Kuusisto
(Ohio State University, and author of Planet
of the Blind), Yuri Danilov (Brainport), Mandayam Srinivasan (MIT),
Alvaro Pascual-Leone (Harvard Medical), John Kennedy (University of Toronto),
Marcus Weisen (Museums, Libraries and Archives Council, UK), John Zeisel (Hearthstone Alzheimer Care), Jenny Nilsson (Swedish Library of
Talking Books and Braille), and Linda Pring (Psychology Dept./Goldsmiths
College, University of London).
Poster sessions: Call for proposals: Poster sessions focusing on specific projects in
areas such as museum programming and technology will further enhance the rich
menu of learning opportunities. Proposals for poster sessions are welcome.
Please send a description of no more than 200 words to editor-at-large@....
Please include “Poster Proposal” in the subject line.
Registration: The registration fee for this
conference is $150 ($75 for students with a copy of ID). The official
registration form will be posted on www.artbeyondsight.org
after May 1st. If you wish to have the form emailed to you when
available, send your name and email address to: editor-at-large@...;
with “September Conference” in the subject line.
Karnataka – Bangalore:
`I want to touch the Vidhana
Soudha and draw it'
FIVE VISUALLY CHALLENGED CHILDREN
EXHIBIT THEIR SKILLS IN DRAWING
Bangalore: Mountains are green. The
sky is blue. The sun is yellow. There are even two birds to complete the
"Did you ever imagine
that the blind could draw, madam?" Mahadevi, a visually challenged student
from CSI Victoria
School in Mysore, asked a pressperson, pointing to her
Displaying their ability to
draw on a Monday afternoon for the press, five visually challenged children sat
and drew mountains, trees, flags and flowers of different colours all by themselves.
Trained by an artist,
Mustafa Khan, in what he calls "Pop Up Symbolism", these 10th
standard students, Kavitha, Nagamani, Rachna, Sushma and Mahadevi, can now draw
by touching objects to understand their shape and then using their fingers to
recreate them from their imagination. The children had to be taught to hold a
pencil. They were used to punching holes for braille," says Mr. Khan.
Preparing them mentally and
continuously motivating them is important in the initial stages.
The children are first
taught to be familiar with shapes such as triangles, rectangles andcircles.
Then they are taught to
identify crayon colours by associating certain shapes with the colours.
"It has been four years
since I started working with these children," says Mr. Khan. Now, he
teaches 16 students and is willing to teach more visually challenged hildren.
"I can even provide
literature on how to go about the process," he says.
"We did not think that
we could draw big shapes when we started off," says Nagamani. "Now I
want to touch the Vidhana Soudha and draw it," Mahadevi says.
Freeze frame: See how the blind see . . .
A stunning exhibition shows how
‘photography by the blind creates a thin line between what we would see
and ultimately interpret’
Mumbai, February 14: A lone chair beside a
beam of light, a multiple-exposure frame of a famous Mumbai monument, a
portrait of a blind sitar player and a complex blur of a pattern of steps —this
series of abstract, yet real photographs are stunning. More so, when you know
they have taken by visually impaired photographers.
The first-ever photo
exhibition of its kind by the visually impaired in India, “Beyond
Sight”, put up by students of the Victoria Memorial School For The Blind,
is slated to travel across Mumbai, Bangalore, New Delhi and Kolkata.
Chancing upon an article on
accomplished blind photographer Evgan Bavcar, Partho Bhowmick decided to
initiate the “Blind With Camera”
project and began working
with students of the school that ultimately led to the exhibition.
“I had never taken
pictures in my life before this. We were given a few hours and a point-and-shoot
camera. So I would compose my frame by sensing movement, noise and measuring
the instance between my subject and myself,” says Nikhil Mundhe (17), a
partially blind class 6 student, one among the nine students whose work is
The children were guided by
“helpers” who can see, says Bhowmick, an IT professional.
Sujit Chaurasia (14), born
blind, has two interesting exhibits: One is a series of hand movements
juxtaposed against a hose-pipe and the other is a classic composition
showcasing children playing on a silent afternoon with two trees making up the
frame. “I waited before I could gauge where the children were positioned.
I could hear them play and wanted my photograph to capture the moment.”
As Bhowmick points out,
“Photography by the blind creates a thin line between what we would see
and ultimately interpret. Something that looks abstract and unreadable to us is
what the blind actually see in every day life.”
The exhibition throws open
unexplored areas in photography—something
that’s present and something else that’s absent in a composition.
Asked if photography could become a viable career after this experience, Nikhil
smiles. “I would like to shoot. But, I want to be a music director
Right now, the exhibition is
on at the school premises at Tardeo.
SAVE-A-DATE: September 28 -30, 2007
Beyond Sight: Multi-modal Approaches to Learning, Creativity and Communication
. . .
An International Conference
Co-sponsored by Art Education for the Blind, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and UNESCO
Location: The Metropolitan
Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue, New York City
Following the sold-out 2005 conference on multimodal
approaches to learning, Art Education for the Blind (AEB) and The Metropolitan
Museum of Art are organizing a second international conference to further
address the challenges faced by educators, artists, museum professionals, architects
and designers to create multimodal learning opportunities and environments that
better serve all audiences. This conference will address
multiple modalities in the following disciplines: Art history, contemporary art
and new media; cognitive psychology and neuroscience; universal/human-centered
design, products and environments in the 21st century; and education
for people with sensory and other disabilities.
The conference will bring together educators, museum
curators, psychologists, neuroscientists, architects, designers, anthropologists,
scientists, and others concerned with multimodal learning, disability, art and
education. Among the participants are Stephen Kuusisto (Ohio State University,
and author of Planet of the Blind),
Yuri Danilov (Brainport), Mandayam Srinivasan (MIT), Alvaro Pascual-Leone
(Harvard Medical), John Kennedy (University of Toronto), Marcus Weisen
(Museums, Libraries and Archives Council, UK), John Zeisel (Hearthstone
Alzheimer Care), Jenny Nilsson (Swedish Library of Talking Books and Braille), and
Linda Pring (Psychology Dept./Goldsmiths College, University of London).
Poster sessions: Call for proposals: Poster
sessions focusing on specific projects in areas such as museum programming and
technology will further enhance the rich menu of learning opportunities. Proposals
for poster sessions are welcome. Please send a description of no more than 200
words to editor-at-large@....
Please include “Poster Proposal” in the subject line.
Registration: The registration
fee for this conference is $150 ($75 for students with a copy of ID). The
official registration form will be posted on www.artbeyondsight.org after May 1st.
If you wish to have the form emailed to you when available, send your name and
email address to: editor-at-large@...;
with “September Conference” in the subject line.
"Touch Tour" Brings Art To Blind Students . . .
-- If you've ever been to an art museum, you know the number one rule: do not
touch! That is, unless you had a chance to be on a unique tour at the Cummer
Museum of Art and Gardens on Monday morning.
With every fingertip,
gliding over ridges and curls, the image grew clearer. The first visitors to
see the Cummer Museum's new exhibit -- didn't use their
eyes at all.
"It's like being able
to get to know the art and see what it really looks like," said Maggie
Meade, who had just finished running her gloved hand over the bends of a bold
wooden woman, a forlorn bronze bust, and other works of art.
On this special "touch
tour" were students from the
School for the Deaf and the Blind in St. Augustine. Their
vision is very low or nonexistent. But their interest in the Cummer's new
display of African-American art is extraordinary.
It's more than only
"touching." This is about feeling -- in every sense of that word.
"Sitting there, looking
at something, and you can't really see it that well -- you're not going to make
as good of a connection as you would if you were to feel it," explained
Chelsea Stillman, one of about two dozen students who took the tour.
Walter and Linda Evans, the
artwork's owners, couldn't take their eyes away. "They can tell things
about this art that that I've never known before," Walter Evans said after
marveling at the students' ability to understand the expressions on the
sculptures' faces and the emotions they conveyed.
These sculptures had
traveled to fifty museums. This was the first time their owners had ever let a
visitor touch them. "Discover -- by using their hands instead of their
eyes. It's very moving," collection owner Linda Evans said.
Monday marked the launch of
the Cummer's exhibition of the Walter O. Evans Collection of African American
Eighty pieces, including
sculptures, paintings, and more will be on display through Black History Month
and on until April 17th.
Note: There is also a video
of the news article
Blind student doesn't let disability affect painting
Skyler Murphy feels the colors he
paints with. He likes shades of orange and red, blues and browns.
At first glance, the 10-year-old Rogers student seems to
be just another student who enjoys-painting.
But this award-winning artist
doesn't see the canvas he's-painting.
Blind since the age of 4, the result
of an automobile accident, Murphy doesn't let the disability affect his zest
for life -- or art.
"I like to paint and color with
crayons at home," he said.
Murphy recently learned he'd won the
grand prize in the statewide Helen Keller Art Show.
He competed against other visually
impaired and blind students from across the state.
He named his painting
"Braille," explaining that the multi-colored acrylic painting had
lots of texture, which he formed by using various brushes.
His painting hosts an added
dimension of a second brightly colored canvas attached to the larger one.
"It has depth and color, and
I'm sure it was one of the more unusual pieces in the contest," said his
art teacher, Sonya Skipworth.
Murphy placed first last week with a
different painting in his school district's art competition.
Through the Helen Keller Art Show,
20 works of art are selected for a year long traveling art display around the
state. Murphy's "Braille" was among them. His painting went on to win
the Patty Johnson grand prize award.
Murphy will be featured in the Helen
Keller Parade in June and in various venues throughout the festival week.
Lisa Moses, Skyler's former vision
teacher who now works for the University
of Alabama in-Birmingham
as a research assistant professor in the school of optometry, says Murphy's painting
will become a part of the permanent art collection at Ivy Green in Tuscumbia.
Moses described Murphy as a hard
worker who "loves school more than any student I've ever taught."
"He's a people person, and he
has visual memories that come-out in his artwork," Moses said. "Art
is truly his favorite mode of expression."
Murphy holds the edge of his canvas
as he paints in order to keep his place with his brush.
Murphy's enjoyment while painting is
obvious. "You can see it on his face that he absolutely loves to
paint," Skipworth said. "You can tell that art makes him happy."
The Guild for the Blind, 180 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago,
is accepting applications for Passionate Focus 2007, the Guild’s annual
juried art exhibit showcasing work by artists with vision loss. The deadline for applications if Friday, July 6, 2006.
Each application entered must include a 35mm slide,
photograph, or electronic file that accurate represents the creative work.
Digital format is preferred. Actual pieces of art are NOT accepted during the
application process. All artwork must be original and created by an
artist who is legally blind. Pieces displayed in previous Passionate Focus art
exhibits will not be accepted.
Artists may submit up to 6 pieces. There is a $30
non-refundable submission fee for all artists. Applications and checks (made
payable to Guild for the Blind) should be sent to: Guild for the Blind, Attn:
Passionate Focus, 180 N. Michigan
Ave., Suite 1700, Chicago, IL 60601.
(Note: Artworks accepted for the exhibit are available for purchase. Last year,
22 of the 46 exhibit pieces sold during the show. An additional piece sold
after the show.)
For more on this juried exhibit and the application process,
visit the Guild’s Web site: www.guildfortheblind.org.
(You can view pieces from the 2005 and 2006 exhibits there.) If you
have specific questions, call Cheryl Megurdichian at (312) 236-8569.
Local artist fuses tattoo art, pop
art and graffiti.
THE MONITOR: by Travis M. Whitehead,
March 9, 2007 - 10:22AM.
Marcus Farris EDINBURG — When
Marcus Farris takes a day off, chances are he’s indulging his creative
bent in a variety of styles.
Farris, 35, describes his art as
“generally somewhere between what you would call low-brow influence and
popular art, a mix of readable images and text.”
Farris, who is legally blind, but
can still see well enough to draw at close range, hasn’t let his
condition slow him down. He is the head of art education at the University of
Texas-Pan American; he said his subject matter ranges pretty freely according
to his varying inclinations.
“I just finished a piece the
first of this semester that was just simply an adaptation of an old Japanese
samurai on kind of a stark background with text running along the side that
says, ‘The Trail Ends Here,’” he said. “It’s real
simple. Some of it’s real site-specific depending on what the subject
matter I’m working with is.”
He draws on a broad collage of
influences, from traditional fine art to popular art, underground, graffiti and
tattoo flash art.
“For the past two years
I’ve been getting my research background in underground and low brow and
street art.” he said, “That kind of encompasses everything from
turn-of-the-century printmakers to illustrators to the guys that do comic
Farris has managed to create an
interesting fusion of pop art and Japanese themes. In the piece “Forget
to Think,” a Japanese woman in a blue kimono has her nation’s flag —
a rising sun — in bold red colors across her back. Japanese characters
run down the side.
The work “Ring Around the
Rosie” depicts a young boy looming over a sports car where a pair of
hands is raising a broken skull, while a banner with the words “We All
Fall Down” flutters around a flower. All of this is created in bold,
almost audacious, yet entertaining colors.
Farris’ style also has strong
elements of tattoo art. Farris likes to work with tattoo flash art, the name
for the pictures people see when they walk into a tattoo shop. This flash art
on the wall gives customers a large selection to choose for their own tattoos.
The tattoo artist breaks the image down into a line drawing, then colors it in.
“A lot of what I do, I take
these line drawings and combine pieces,”
Farris said. “I may add text,
turn them into a more painterly standpoint.”
Much of his work is taken from
images he’s created or from photographs he’s located, readapted and
juxtaposed with readable text, he said; obviously, as in “Forget to
Think,” the text isn’t always in English. He has friends who
“translate everything from Spanish to Japanese to German.”
Artwork is as much a part of him as
breathing; he’s been drawing, he said, since he was “about two feet
been working and selling for about 12 years now,” he said. “Like I
said, it’s just kind of been a natural progression. I’ve always
just kind of drawn and painted. I really didn’t get super-involved in a
lot of stuff probably until right out of high school, in terms of focusing on
art being a career, something other than a hobby.”
What motivates him to keep creating?
“Basically I’m kind of
just an information and visual junkie,” he said. “Some studies have
come out in the last few years that show people look at art for three to seven
seconds. Part of my goal is to get you past that seven-second mark. If it
doesn’t get you to feel or think something, regardless of the subject
matter, you are missing out.”
March 21, 2007.
Local Artist Erik Sosa Presents
"Color For Your Fingers"
IL - The 32nd and
Urban gallery presents "Color for your fingers: A-Z", an exhibit by
Erik Sosa, from March 24th through April 6th.
As an artist, it has been Sosa's
goal to overwhelm an audience with bold colors and diversity in lines. In his
quest to connect with people, his goal has always been to create pieces that
are visually stimulating.
Through this journey, Sosa feels
that not all people have been encompassed, specifically, the visually impaired.
"Color for your Fingers: A-Z" is a 26-piece art show that
incorporates texture and color into letters of the alphabet. This exhibit will
be a hands-on experience. Braille has been incorporated into some pieces to
allow the blind to enjoy and better understand their surroundings.
The opening reception will be held
this Saturday and 32nd&urban: gallery&space at 3201 S. Halsted Street from 7:00pm to
Erik Sosa has been recognized as a
stalwart of the Chicago
non-profit community for his generosity. This year, Sosa was awarded the
VOX/Out Emerging Voices of Style + Design award, which honors openly gay and
lesbian individuals whose works have come to signify style, vision and design.
In an airing of ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition on January 14th, a Sosa
painting was featured in the living room space.
For more information and images,
please visit www.erikrsosa.com.
CREATORS OF TACTILE MAPS AND
DRAWINGS FOR THE BLIND
Maps and drawings are
created by hand in metal foil, then duplicated by the Thermoform process to
make clear, sharp copies. The 11x11-1/2 inch plastic sheets are bound into
volumes with cardboard covers and a spiral plastic binder.
Generally, key letters are
used to label cities and areas on the maps. These key letters are identified on
key pages preceding each map. The maps sometimes have foldout sections and or
appear on facing pages.
The maps are detailed, and
some experience with tactile drawings is recommended. When examining the
drawings, place a piece of cardboard under each page to eliminate any texture
from the page below. To keep the drawings in good condition, please keep them
out of the heat. Store them upright in the shipping boxes or so that they are
not squeezed together.
2007 PRICE LIST OF TACTILE DRAWINGS AND MAPS
MAPS OF THE STATE OF HAWAII: includes
detailed maps of the eight major islands. Each island has introductory
information followed by one or more key pages and a full-page map. A general
view of the city of Honolulu and of Pearl Harbor
are included in the maps of the island
of Oahu. 10 maps with
keys, 55 pages total. $11.00
BASIC HUMAN ANATOMY:
cross-sections of the head and brain, nose-mouth-throat, tooth, respiratory
tract, heart, digestive system, villus, urinary tract, kidney, nephron, nerve
cell, eye, ear, skin, male and female reproductive systems, and fetus in the
womb. 18 drawings with keys, 31 pages: $15.00.
OUTLINE MAPS OF THE WORLD in
one volume. Contains 33 maps showing political boundaries, capital cities, and
surrounding bodies of water.
The maps are divided into 5
sections: North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australia,
Africa, and Polar Regions. An index at the end
of the volume lists countries and islands, and indicates the page number of the
map on which they appear. 33 maps, 79 pages: $19.00
ATLAS OF NORTH AND SOUTH AMERICA: three units in four volumes. Emphasis is
on geography. Maps show boundaries, mountains, rivers and bodies of water,
elevation, major cities only, climate, land use and resources.
Each unit is self-contained
and can be used alone.
Unit 1. NORTHERN NORTH
and U.S. 59 pages Unit 2. THE UNITED STATES: (2 volumes) divides the country
into 6 regions; maps are shown by region. 124 pages Unit 3. MIDDLE AND SOUTH AMERICA: 51 pages Price of four-volume set is
$56.00 including shipping. Individual
MAPS OF THE BRITISH ISLES:
covers England, Wales, Scotland,
Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland. Overall maps show boundaries,
bodies of water, mountains and hills. Maps of each country show cities, towns,
major rivers, and counties or regions. Places of interest in the Greater London
area and an overall map of London
are also included. 11 maps with keys,
46 pages total. $10.00
ATLAS OF WESTERN
EUROPE: two volume set covering 21 countries and their nearby
A page of facts and a
detailed full-page map is included for each country. The maps show cities and
physical features and are labeled with extensive keys. The British
Isles (covered in a separate volume – see above) is not
included. Vol. I: Portugal, Spain, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Iceland,
Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Andorra, Monaco, Luxembourg; 23 maps 72 pages
Vol. II: Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, Greece, Liechtenstein, San
Marino, Malta; 13 maps, 48 pages. Volumes I and II: $25.00; Vol. 1 only:
$15.00; Vol. II only: $11.00
ATLAS OF EASTERN EUROPE:
covers in one volume Poland, Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, Hungary,
Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Yugoslavia, Albania, Macedonia,
Bulgaria, Romania, Moldova, Ukraine, Belarus, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Western
Russia up to the Ural Mountains. The format is the same as described above for
Atlas of Western Europe. 21 maps, 80 pages total. $16.00
ATLAS OF THE MIDDLE EAST:
covers 17 countries including Bahrain, Crete, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel,
Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Palestine National Authority, Qatar, Saudi
Arabia, Syria, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and Yemen. The format is the same
as described above for Atlas of Western Europe. 25 maps with keys, 69 pages
ATLAS OF CENTRAL AND SOUTH
ASIA: covers 13 countries and Kashmir.
Countries include Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan,
Uzbekistan, Tajikistan , Kyrgyzstan,
Afghanistan, Pakistan, India,
Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan,
Sri Lanka and the Maldives. The
format is the same as described above for Atlas of Western Europe. 19 maps, 72
ATLAS OF EAST ASIA: covers China, Mongolia,
Japan, North and South Korea.
The format is the same as described above for Atlas of Western Europe. 26 maps,
106 pages; $21.00
ATLAS OF SOUTHEAST ASIA:
covers in one volume Vietnam,
Cambodia, Laos, Thailand,
Myanmar (formerly Burma), Malaysia,
Singapore, Brunei, Indonesia,
Timor-Leste and the Philippines.
The format is the same as described above for Atlas of Western Europe. 23 maps
with keys, 83 pages total. $18.00
MAPS OF RUSSIA AND ITS FORMER REPUBLICS:
shows boundaries, rivers, and major cities as of 1997. 6 maps, 16 pages $4.00.
For more detailed maps of
western Russia and some of
the Republics see the Atlas of Eastern Europe and the Atlas of Central and South Asia listed above.
MAPS OF MOROCCO: 7 maps
with keys, 19 pages total. $5.00
MAPS OF THE BIBLE LANDS -
OLD TESTAMENT: for serious students of the Bible or ancient history. No text;
highly detailed; extensive keys.
Covers Ancient World,
Abraham, Exodus, Kingdoms of Saul, David, Solomon, Israel and Judah, Assyrians,
Babylonians, Persians, Alexander, Seleucids, and Maccabees. 25 maps, 98 pages,
MAPS OF INDIVIDUAL U.S. STATES:
Each of the booklets below contains introductory information and detailed maps
showing major cities, rivers and lakes, major highways, physical features,
county boundaries, agricultural and mineral resources.
11 maps with keys, 27 pages total NEW
HAMPSHIRE: 11 maps with keys, 29 pages total
9 maps with keys, 18 pages total
MASSACHUSETTS: 15 maps with
keys, 48 pages total; includes information about and overall maps of Boston
CONNECTICUT AND RHODE ISLAND: 13 maps with keys, 38 pages NEW YORK STATE: 14
maps with keys, 44 pages total, also includes information and overall maps of
New York City NEW JERSEY: 17 maps with keys, 46 pages total; including overall
maps of metopolitan areas around Newark and Camden
12 maps with keys, 34 pages total, also includes information and overall maps
12 maps with keys, 34 pages total including maps of Orlando/Lakeland,
Tampa/Sarasota, Fort Myers/Naples, and Miami/Fort Lauderdale areas.
13 maps with keys, 46 pages total, including overall maps of Chicago and vicinity PRICE OF EACH STATE MAP
BOOKLET LISTED ABOVE: $6.00
includes detailed maps showing location of major cities, rivers and lakes,
mountains, highways, parks and counties. Subsequent maps show Northern,
Central, and Southern California, San Francisco,
Yosemite, Los Angeles area and San Diego. About 275 cities are included and
indexed. 19 maps with keys, 84 pages total; $15.00
How To Order
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76 LEABROOK LANE,
PRINCETON, NJ 08540
Credit card and Fax service
are not available. Shipping is by free mail for the blind where eligible.
Please allow 4 to 6 weeks for delivery.
Further information can be
obtained by calling:
215-357-7715 (Ruth Bogia)
609-924-5207 (Nancy Amick)
MEET THE PRINCETON
The Princeton Braillists is a small group of senior citizen volunteers whose
goal is to make high quality but inexpensive tactile maps and drawings for
blind people of all ages.
Nancy Amick and Ruth Bogia, working as the Princeton Braillists, have been
producing tactile maps for about 8 years. Before that, they were active for
many years in making tactile drawings for textbooks being recorded by Recording
for the Blind and Dyslexic. Nancy
began making drawings about 40 years ago and was a pioneer in developing the
metal foil technique introduced by Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic in
1964. Ruth, a former studio director of the New Jersey Unit of RFB&D and a
certified Braillist, joined Nancy
in making drawings about 25 years ago. She continues to braille books for the
New Jersey Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired. Fran Gasman joined
the group in 2005 and recently became a certified Braillist, also brailling for
the New Jersey Commission. Phyllis Branin finishes the books by punching
and binding the volumes. Nancy's
husband, James Amick, helps with the computer and secretarial chores.
*Jim Hansel, Chaska*
Jim Hansel has been painting
wildlife scenes for decades. He began painting when he was a youngster
(starting with paint-by-numbers) and went on to major in commercial art at the University of Minnesota.
He’s produced prints
for Ducks Unlimited and has received a number of honors for his work.
He’s an accomplished artist despite having an eye condition called
Stargardts, which left him legally blind since an early age.
Some of his prints feature local
landmarks, such as a winter scene of Guardian Angels Catholic Church.
Jim Hansel’s art can
be found at www.jimhanselart.com <http://www.jimhanselart.com/>
I am now to be referred to as Dr. Jenkins haha ;) Took me about a month to
fully accredited, but after ringing these ppl 801-697-0461 they got me setup
at an international uni and had me my BA in no time.
I am now to be referred to as Dr. Jenkins haha ;) Took me about a month
fully certified, but after ringing these ppl 801 697-0461 they got me setup at
an international uni and had me my BA in no time.
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