Experience Accessible Art: Come to Gallery Night

A woman feels a painting while a girl with thick glasses holds the painting steady on the wall.
Gallery Night attendees and exhibit visitors are encouraged to interact with art.

Enjoy an accessible art exhibit at the Council’s Fall Gallery Night Friday, October 4, from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at the Council office – 754 Williamson Street, in Madison. Wisconsin artists who are blind or visually impaired will display and sell their art, and are on-hand to talk about their creation process.

Braille and large print signs are placed next to each piece of artwork. Artist Statements are made available in large print, braille and audio via the PenFriend. The PenFriend is operated by a volunteer. When the device is brought close to the tag near each piece of artwork, a recording of the Artist Statement and tag will be read aloud for guests to hear.

Visitors can also access artist bios and information for each piece of art via the WayAround app, available for use with iPhone and Android devices. Download the WayAround app for free. Find it on Google Play or on Apple App Store.

Volunteers will be on hand to serve as sighted guides. The Council office is equipped with an elevator for those who wish to use it.

Admission is free. Enjoy great conversation and light refreshments throughout the evening.

The pieces of art are on display from Friday, October 4 until Friday, November 15, so if visitors want to return and get an up-close view of the art, or desire a tour, it is possible. To set up a group or individual tour, call the Council at 800-783-5213. Office hours are Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. We will be happy to take people through the exhibition and describe the artworks.

Follow the Council’s Facebook page to learn about the artists selected to contribute to the exhibition.

 

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