Please join us at Full Circle 2016!
Saturday, November 5, 3:00-6:00pm
65 Highland Avenue, Peapack, NJ 07977
Full Circle is a multi-disciplinary fine arts showcase featuring original work created by the Arts Access artists. We are proud to celebrate and share their exceptional creations in painting, digital art & sculpture, dance, drama and creative writing. This year, 38 artists are represented in the visual art gallery exhibition, and the stage showcase features performance pieces by 12 choreographers, dramatists and writers.
For 14 years, Full Circle has been a platform for our artists to present their work and define themselves not by what they can’t do, but by what they can do.
We are please to welcome Shannon DeVido as this year’s Honorary Chair. To learn more about Shannon, please visit her website.
After the performance, enjoy a gourmet culinary tasting featuring the finest local restaurants:
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Artist Spotlight ~ Meet Kevin White: Born to Dance
“My dance will be exciting,” expressed Kevin White, as he revealed a wide smile. “People will love it.” A choreographer, artist, and writer with Matheny’s Arts Access Program, Kevin’s first fully-choreographed dance will be included in Full Circle: Conversations, the Program’s annual fine art and performance showcase.
Held November 5, 2016 at the Robert Schonhorn Center in Peapack, the event will take place from 3:00pm-6:00pm. Kevin’s dance is a solo piece in which he will be the featured dancer. Choreographed to Rachmaninoff’s “Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini,” the dance was created over the course of a little more than two years.
“For a first-time choreographer, Kevin demonstrated an innate, sophisticated musicality and a desire to expand his boundaries as a solo dancer,” said Corey Bliss, an Arts Access Dance Facilitator who has worked with Kevin for three years. “It is not always easy for a choreographer to dance in his own work, but Kevin was unfazed by the challenge.”
Warm eye gazes and smiles, attention-grabbing utterances, and a communication board are just some of the ways Kevin invites interaction with friends and viewers of his work. As attendees will see, Kevin also has a knack for musicality and choreography. According to Bliss, Kevin exhibits a unique sensitivity to the dynamic shifts in music. He connects with specific notes and phrases as he crafts the timing for each section of movement.
“Kevin created original movements for his arms, legs, and head,” said Bliss. “He also chose specific points in the melody for changes in speed and direction, adding dramatic effect to this otherwise abstract work.” Kevin’s dance will include a “ghost dancer, who maneuvers his wheelchair but does no other independent movements.
“I listened to a few things before deciding on the music,” shared Kevin, who was born in Cherry Hill. “I just started to really like classical music. Creating the dance was a challenge.”
Kevin has participated in Arts Access Program, a fine arts program for individuals with developmental disabilities, almost since its inception over twenty years ago. He loves having the support of his mom, twin sisters, and niece Molly, who is the apple of his eye. His family currently resides in Palmyra.
In addition to a choreographed dance, Kevin will have three acrylic paintings included in Full Circle’s gallery exhibit. His paintings and digital work have been featured in multiple venues. Locations include the Johnson & Johnson IT Building in Raritan, NJ, The Atrium Gallery in Morristown, NJ, NESC Gala in NYC, Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, NJ, Monmouth Museum in NJ, Bernardsville Library, NJ, and UMDNJ Medical School in Newark, NJ.
For additional information about Full Circle: Conversations or to purchase tickets, which are $50, log onto here.
What is Art Garden CSA?
Art Garden CSA is collaborative effort between Matheny’s Arts Access Program and Arts Unbound in West Orange that seeks to provide increased vocational opportunities for artists with disabilities.
Ten artists are selected to create artwork that is totally unique to the Art Garden. This work will be distributed to only a lucky few “shareholders” who purchase “shares” in this year’s crop of fresh art.
To find out how you can participate and snag some limited-edition artwork, follow the link to our website: artgardencsa.org
Art Garden CSA is made possible by a generous grant from the Kessler Foundation.
Cultural Access Network honors Matheny’s Arts Access Program and Arts Unbound with this year’s Innovator Award
On June 23rd 2016 at Two River Theatre in Red Bank, NJ, The CSA Team accepted the Innovator Award on behalf of Matheny’s Arts Access Program and Arts Unbound at the 8th annual CAN awards ceremony. CSA stands for Community Supported Art and is based on the nationally recognized model of Community Supported Agriculture. To learn more, please visit here.