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Friday, June 08, 2012

Messages from Outsiderdom

Visionary artists reveal their untamed realities using fur, bottle caps, sand, neon bark, and junk

June 15 to August 18, 2012
Opening Reception - Friday, June 15, 7-9pm


Raw, outsider, primitive, naïve, fringe, uninhibited, intuitive, marginal, fantastical, untrained... These are all words that have been used to classify and define visionary art, yet the term still continues to be just as enigmatic and varied as the art it encapsulates. Unlike all other art genres, visionary art, sometimes interchangeable with outsider art, can neither be defined simply as one movement set in time nor spelled out in convenient academic terms, rather it is truly only understood when experienced and witnessed first-hand.

Visionary Art Experts' Talk
Monday, June 25, 6:30-7:30pm | FREE

Two of the nation's experts in visionary art - Rebecca Hoffberger, founder & director of the American Visionary Art Museum, & Mary Ellen 'Dolly' Vehlow, curator and owner of Gallery O on H will share their personal stories working with visionary artists, and reflect on the art form's powerful healing ability to move both viewer and artist through personal loss and tragedy.

Shiny, Happy Things with Bob Benson
Saturday, July 14, 2 separate workshops: 10am-1pm OR 2-5pm
$35 per workshop, includes materials

Please register for one of the workshops at www.smithcenter.org
Bob Benson, the creator of the Blinged-Out Universal Tree of Life at Baltimore's American Visionary ArtsMuseum, leads 2 workshops where you will learn to make your own FLASHIES: dynamic, sparkling decorations made from mirrors and marbles. You will leave with 2 finished FLASHIES, to keep, dangle, and adorn your home or garden with.  No artistic talent or experience is required; just bring your raw creativity.

Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery
www.smithcenter.org/gallery

Smith Farm Center | 1632 U Street NW | Washington DC | DC | 20009

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