There's still time to catch an exhibit of a phenomenon in the healing arts that just happens to be producing some of the best "outsider" art in recent years. The Noyes Museum has teamed with Hospital Audiences Inc. -- a New York City-based organization that uses the arts to help treat and heal people with mental disabilities -- to present the exhibit "Awakenings: Art That Heals." "There has been a movement for several years now to use the arts to help heal all kinds of disabilities from emotional to physical problems," says Karen DeRosa, spokesperson for the museum. "There are many different groups that are using art. The company we've teamed with, Hospital Audiences Inc., work with people with mental disabilities." But the exhibit is hardly amateurish. "The thing that has happened is that these programs have become an excellent source of 'outsider' art, meaning that these artists have had no formal training. But you'd never know that walking into the gallery. You'd never believe that these artists haven't studied." Outsider art has been gaining a steady following for its free use of style unrestrained by tradition. The term "outsider art" was originally coined to be synonymous with the French term Art Brut, or rough art, but the term is now applied broadly to include self-taught artists and those working outside the mainstream art world.
When a car accident left him homebound in 2000, he became bored with household chores and to save his sanity, he said he began to draw again and by trial and error, taught himself how to paint people, places and things.
There is something mysterious at work in the life of artist Aleksandra Puzyn, a 28 year old from Poland who has found herself ensconced in Atlantic City’s past — and its present — all at the same time. And for those who have a particularly strong faith, perhaps mysterious isn’t strong enough a word.
A large portion of the plan was devoted to creating non-gaming related facilities. Practical amenities such as a grocery store, as well as more cultural offerings such as an arts district, would serve to bring a more family oriented feel to Atlantic City.
"The ideal situation for any city is to create a place were people want to live, work, learn, and enjoy their surroundings. That in return will make the Atlantic City arts and education District a must see destination for visitors and tourists."
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