Breaking the Walls of Bias: Art by Survivors Exhibition

Breaking the Walls of Bias: Art by
Survivors Exhibition


Poetry Reading + Educational Symposium

Contact: Gallery information: 631- 288-5082

Breaking the Walls of Bias: Art by Survivors Exhibition

Date: Saturday May 17, 2008 through July 1, 2008

Location: Galerie
BelAge, 8 Moniebogue Lane, Westhampton Beach, NY 11978

Monday thru Thursday 10 5, Saturday 11-9,
Sunday 11-7

For group tour
information and additional hours or to preview the artwork call 631-288-5082


Reception: Saturday, June 7, 2008/ 6-9PM (Open to the public free of charge)


Poetry Reading: Saturday, June 14, 2008/ 6-9PM (Open to the public free of charge)

The North Sea
Poetry Scene will be contributing poetry and performing poetry readings


Panel Discussion:
Sunday: June 22, 2008/ 1-3 PM (Open to the public
free of charge)

Breaking the
Walls of Bias: Art by Survivors Exhibition
features art by individuals who have found their way
out of life s darkest moments including physical
and mental disabilities, racism, war and trauma. It is a joyous exhibition that
amasses works by artists, emerging and well known, from around the world.

Curated by Candyce
Brokaw, founder and Executive Director of Survivors Art Foundation, and Robert
Deets, director of Galerie BelAge in Westhampton Beach, the show includes over
100 paintings, sculpture, multi-media and video works by artists of every age
and social circumstance. Originally featured in a celebrated Breaking the
Walls of Bias exhibition at Hofstra University Museum in August 2002, the
current show at BelAge Galerie focuses on their new work. The artists come from
The Netherlands, California, Canada, Guatemala, East Hampton, Cutchogue and Quogue Yes they are among our friends and neighbors. They
include children and young adults with Autism spectrum disorders, Holocaust
survivors, and Guatemalan torture victims, Cancer and AIDS survivors, Kosovo
and Bosnian children whose artwork defies the divides of civil war. Ms.Brokaw
and Mr. Deets bring the diversity of their art and experience to the East End to educate and entertain as they create greater public awareness about the
triumphs of survivors, the need to invalidate prejudices, and the many
resources available through public agencies such as Survivors Art Foundation.

The exhibition is
in collaboration with Survivors Art Foundation, a portion of the proceeds of
the event will go to benefit the organization.


Artists Featured in the Exhibit:

Donna Balma:
Vancouver, British Stephen Beck: California

Bennett Blackburn:
Cutchogue, NY Candyce Brokaw: Quogue, NY

Marc de Bruijn: Netherlands Marietta Dantonio-Fryer: Delaware

Livia Dencher: Netherlands                                                   Rick Fryer: Delaware
Hans Hartman: Netherlands                                                   Ogden (Oggie) Jeremic: Netherlands

David Joel: East Hampton , NY Julio: Guatemala

Karyn Janowski: California Jaco Kranendonk: Netherlands

Laan Irodjojo: Netherlands                                                     Kosovo Refugee Children s paintings 
Marjorie Lutter:  Netherlands                                                 Daniel Mulvaney: Long Island, NY

Oxana Narozniak: Brazil Akemi Ohira: Virginia

Pagremanski-Page: Long Beach, NY Mary Pocock:
Toronto, Canada

Tony Raska: California Dan Rhema: Kentucky

Linda Friedman
Schmidt: New Jersey Tineke Scholten: Netherlands

Matt Sesow: Washington DC Lynn Schirmer: Washington

Fahiym Williams
: Long Island, NY Alicen Sylvia:

Think about the Children , Vietnamese
Orphans Cynthia Lund Torroll: Colorado


From May 17, 2008 until July 1st, 2008 Breaking the Walls of Bias: Art by Survivors will be on exhibit at Galerie BelAge, 8 Moniebogue Lane, Westhampton Beach, NY 11978.


Reception Saturday June 7, 2008 / 6-9 PM (Open to the public free of charge)


Poetry Reading: Saturday, June 14,
/ 6-9PM (Open to the public free of

The North Sea
Poetry Scene will be contributing poetry and performing poetry readings


Panel Discussion: Sunday June 22, 2008
. (Open to the public
free of charge)


We are very
pleased to announce that the moderator of the panel will be Cathy Moriarty-Gentile.
Ms Moriarty is the spokes person for Ausitsm.Org. Panel Participants are listed



AHRC Nassau: Marcia Pulewitz; Family Liaison/Membership Administrator 
The mission of AHRC Nassau is to teach, support and advocate for children and adults with intellectual and other developmental disabilities to make life choices, exercise independence and develop responsibility. AHRC Nassau encourages all individuals to fulfill
their dreams and become productive members of the community.  This is accomplished by providing an array of individual and family supports.


Best Buddies  is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of people with intellectual disabilities by providing opportunities for one-to-one friendships and integrated employment. Founded in 1989 by Anthony Kennedy Shriver, Best Buddies is a vibrant, international organization that has grown from one original chapter to more than 1,300 middle school, high school, and college campuses across the country and internationally. Best Buddies programs engage participants in each of the 50 United States. 


Foundation Mission Statement:
Susan S. Russo: President,

Vincent J. Russo: Co-Founder,
Linda M. Mullen: Exec. Director

The Foundation
honors the memory of Theresa Alessandra Russo by touching the lives of children
with special needs and their families. The Foundation fosters each child’s
unique abilities through direct support and programs focusing on art, music,
dance and recreation. 

Eric and Hedy (Pagremanski ) Page:
  Believing that every life has
meaning and adds to our presence and purpose on earth, we created a book of
drawings that celebrates the unsung heroes offering hope and services to the
disabled. This book “Anna’s Legacy ” is done in memory of my mother
who did not survive the concentration camps , but who s legacy lives on.


is the mother of Daniel Mulvaney, a 20-year-old who has
severe autism and of Jack Mulvaney 17, a star Long Beach High school hockey
player. Fischkin is an author, journalist, educator and advocate. Her most
recent book, a novel titled
 Confidential Sources (Bantam Dell 2006) includes a
character with autism based on son Dan’s fictional alter ego. She is currently
at work on a nonfiction book about Dan growing up and adult autism in
general – and on proposal for a television series featuring a young man
with autism. She is also
Internet radio’s “Maverick Mama.” As an advocate, Fischkin believes
that individuals with autism should live, work, create and play in the general
community. She also firmly believes that environmental triggers have caused the
recent and devastating autism epidemic.

Art Foundation Mission Statement:
Dedicated to encourage healing through the arts,
Survivors Art Foundation is a 501(C) (3) non-profit organization committed to
empowering trauma survivors with expressive outlets via internet art gallery,
outreach programs, national exhibitions, and publications. Our goals are to
provide entertainment, education, and exposure to the arts. We endeavor to
raise public awareness through the arts: eradicating abuse & creating an
atmosphere of acceptance for survivors with disabilities.

Survivors Art
Foundation: PO Box 383, Westhampton, NY 11977 / [email protected]