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"Blind Man Touching the Sun" by George Mendoza
Thursday, October 25th, 2007
Nationally Recognized Artist to give a talk and demo at the Art Center Tues, Nov 6

George Mendoza, a legally blind painter and nationally recognized visionary artist, will give a special Artist Demonstration and Talk on Tuesday, November 6th from 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. at the Rockport Center for the Arts.

The event is open to the public.

“This is an opportunity for the Art Center to support and artist who really demonstrates the power of art in one’s life," noted Beverly Morgan, executive director of the Rockport Center for the Arts.
A man of courage and vision, George Mendoza is truly an inspiration. Even though he lost his sight at the age of 15, he has gone on to become an artist, world class runner, Olympic contender and a motivational speaker for the youth and disabled in America. He has written a novel and an autobiographical docudrama, which was narrated by Academy Award winner Robert Duvall and aired on the Public Broadcasting System (PBS). Galleries and collectors say that Mendoza’s art reflects both the intensity of the Southwestern light and the vision of one who cannot see details of reality, but who mysteriously sees the colors of the soul. In his quest to inspire other visually impaired persons to turn to art as a healthy outlet for the inner visions, he has undertaken a series of colorful abstract paintings and is filming a special video illuminating his new work.

The video is a collaborative effort with award-winning filmmaker Richard T.Stevens, whose credits include “Top Gun" and “Hot Shots”.  During their visit, they will also be filming and speaking with guests at Camp Aranzazu in Rockport.  Camp Aranzazu is dedicated to enriching the lives of children and adults with chronic illnesses, terminal diseases and disabilities by providing unique camping, environmental studies, and retreat experiences to groups with special needs.  At Camp Aranzazu they find respect, love and freedom from the obstacles that challenge them.  It is a place where healing takes place, even when curing is not possible.