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Art and Wellness Festival at Rockland Center for the Arts

Allison Pagano in Performance 2


Get ready to get inspired. To let your mind make new connections. To see sound and color differently. Or maybe just to have some fun. This Sunday, explore wellness and creative expression at Rockland Center for the Arts (RoCA) and the Catherine Konner Sculpture Park, which will hold its Art and Wellness Festival.
The Art and Wellness Festival will encourage participants to explore art as a means of connecting body, mind, and spirit in this fast-paced, complex world we live in. Through exhibitions, music, meditation, and creating art, participants and viewers will be introduced to new, positive modes of personal health, creativity, and connection. Explore the power of art for positive change in physical, psychological, emotional, and spiritual health.

Allison Datwani Mandalas 2


Schedule of performances and workshops:

  • Flower Mandalas with Allison Egan Datwani (Mandala workshop) – 12p in the Emerson Gallery.
  • Create the Thrill of Action on Paper: Drop-in Workshop for Adults with Marilyn Benkler – 12 to 1:30p. With colorful paper cuttings, learn the process of movement and action in art. You will form patterns of your choiceSocialize, share, and enjoy, then take home your creative surprises. No art experience is needed!
  • Drop-in Art Workshop for all ages with Tenley Marshall Escoffery – 12 to 4p in the tent.
  • Drop-in Clay Leaf Impressions Workshop with Michael Porfido – 12 to 4p in the Ceramics Studio.
  • Guided Tours of Natural Progressions with curator Barbara Galazzo – 1p and 3p in the Catherine Konner Sculpture Park.
  • Embodied Dance Workshops with Allison Pagano – 12:30p and 1:300p in the Dance Studio.
  • Book Discussion: Side Effects: The Art of Surviving Cancer with Carole Weaver Linsner, phD – 2p in the Emerson Gallery.
  • Transformational Pathways – 3p in the Catherine Konner Sculpture Park. The experience of meeting oneself through the journey of a labyrinth. Performance by Allison Pagano and original music by Pete Teresi on bass guitar. “Since the Bronze age, labyrinths have appeared concurrently in many cultures between which there was no geographical or trade connection. The spiraling labyrinth is somehow embedded in human consciousness. In creating modern day Labyrinths, we are tapping into the folk memory of our ancestors, connecting with their wisdom and passing their art on to future generations” – Cassandra Eason
  • Synesthesia: A Visual & Auditory Collaboration with Erik Lawrence and Jamie Gaviola – 4p in the Emerson Gallery. Enjoy the satisfying flow of color and line as paintbrush dances to live music. Improvised music melds with the visual field in a collaborative performance art experience. Jamie Baldwin Gaviola will complete a large-scale, multi-color, free-flow mandala while Erik Lawrence creates soundscapes with flutes, saxophones, percussion, loops, and organic sounds–and maybe even audience participation. The artists will join the audience at the end of the performance for a brief discussion and Q&A. Discussion topics: Intention, technique, interplay, creation vs. planning.

Tickets are $30 ($35 at the door) and can be purchased by calling RoCA at 845-358-0877 or at rocklandartcenter.org. Rockland Center for the Arts is located at 27 S Greenbush Rd., West Nyack, NY 10994. Regular hours are: Mon-Fri 10-4; Sat and Sun 1-4pm.
RoCA’s programs are made possible in part with funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Additional funding for this event is made possible by the county of Rockland.


Nyack People & Places, a weekly series that features photos and profiles of citizens and scenes near Nyack, NY, is sponsored by Sun River Health.


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