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“Do One Thing” for a Better World

May 4, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

$35 – $65

“Do One Thing” for a Better World: RoCA’s and Blue Rock School’s Art Exhibit Benefit

On Saturday, May 4, 2019, Blue Rock School and Rockland Center for the Arts will host a very special one-day Art Exhibition fundraiser on RoCA’s sprawling 10-acre campus in West Nyack.

The event is a continuation of the dialogue initiated at RoCA’s May 2018 event, Advancing Climate Change Communication & Expression. Not limited to climate change, the goal is twofold: to showcase art that touches on issues of significant importance among our community members; and highlight the important role that artists can play in amplifying a message or point of view and effecting meaningful change in the world. All this, while inspiring a new generation of artists and raising funds for two Rockland non-profits dedicated toward giving young artists a regular platform for creative expression. In addition to featuring more established artists, area high school and college-age artists are being encouraged to participate in the exhibit and have their voices heard.

At the VIP Reception 7-8 pm, will feature an exhibit preview, a poetry reading by Samuel Claiborne and a live auction of acclaimed artist and Blue Rock School alumna Zaria Forman’s signed limited edition print of “Jakobshavn Glacier, Greenland, April 29th, 2017.”  Samuel Claiborne (b.1959) is a poet, essayist, composer, musician, film-scorer and sound-designer video artist and photographer.  A native of New York City, he now makes his home in the Hudson Valley.  His poetry has been published in many publications, including Northern Light, The Chronogram, and the anthologies Voices of the Valley and Riverine.  His political and environmental essays have been published in the New York Times, the Phoenix and the Hudson Valley Chronic and are broadcast regularly on Northeast Public Radio and on his iTunes Podcast: Don’t Piss in my Pocket and Tell me it’s Raining.  He is also a former Non-Violence Co-Ordinator for Mobilization for Survival and is still active in social and environmental justice issues.

Artist Zaria Forman documents climate change with her incredibly life-like pastel drawings. Among her many accolades, she has flown with NASA on several Operation IceBridge missions over Antarctica, Greenland and Arctic Canada.  She has been an artist-in residence aboard the National Geographic Explorer in Antarctica. Her solo exhibit in NYC in 2018 sold out of original pastels at $60,000 each.  “I choose to convey the beauty as opposed to the devastation, in order to empower viewers rather than frighten them. If you can experience the sublimity of these landscapes, perhaps you will be inspired to protect and preserve them,” states Zaria.

General admission to the exhibit and sale is from 8-10 pm and guests can enjoy wine, hors d’oeuvres and live music.  


VIP Reception  & Live Auction, 7-8pm: $55 in advance and $65 at the door

Art Exhibition & Sale, 8-10pm: $35 in advance and $45 at the door.

Tickets available at https://rocklandartcenter.org/roca/do-one-thing-art-exhibition-sale-1.html

This program is made possible, in part, with funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.



May 4, 2019
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
$35 – $65
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Rockland Center for the Arts
Blue Rock School
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