Gallery Night Exhibit Open for Tours

At the annual fall Gallery Night exhibit, six Wisconsin artists who are blind or visually impaired have art on display and for sale. The fully accessible exhibit features work by: Richard Berholtz – ceramic masks; Duncan Hamilton – oil pastel paintings; Rosemarie Fortney – alcohol inks on Dibond; Alison Fortney – photography; and Albert Schmiege – acrylics on canvas.

Two boys and a man stand in front of a large oil pastel painting.
A family enjoys a painting by legally blind artist Albert Schmiege.

“I wanted to submit to Gallery Night not only to make my art visible to the public, but to inspire people and show them that being legally blind doesn’t mean you have limitations of what you can create,” says photographer Alison Fortney. “For me, art is expression. It allows me to create unique pieces. By not being able to see what’s outside the camera viewfinder, I have the opportunity to focus on my subject and create a distinctive piece of art.”

The exhibit is open to the public through Friday, November 15. Building hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Set up a group or individual tour by calling 800-783-5213. The Council office is located at 754 Williamson Street in Madison. Gallery Night is possible through a generous donation from SVA.



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