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Breaking the Walls of Bias: Art by
Survivors Exhibition


PRESS RELEASE: Art Exhibition + Poetry
Reading + Educational Symposium

Contact: Gallery information: 631- 288-5082

Title: Breaking the Walls of Bias: Art by Survivors

Date: Saturday
May 17, 2008
through July 1,

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

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

group tour information and additional hours or to preview the artwork call


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)

North Sea Poetry Scene will be contributing poetry and performing poetry


Educational 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
, 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
in August 2002, the current show
at BelAge Galerie focuses on their new work. The artists come from The Netherlands,
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


Artists Featured in the Exhibit:

Donna Balma: Vancouver,
Stephen Beck: California

Bennett Blackburn: Cutchogue,
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
, 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
Scholten: Netherlands

Matt Sesow: Washington DC
Lynn Schirmer: Washington

Fahiym Williams: Long Island,

Alicen Sylvia: NYC, NY

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


From May 17,
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


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


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

North Sea Poetry Scene will be contributing poetry and performing poetry


Educational Symposium: 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 r
epresents many
different charities including Developmental Disability Institute (DDI) and


The Educational Symposium will be filmed by Frank Cento
Productions. The film will be distributed to Television, Schools, libraries and
other media related organizations.


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. 


Theresa Foundation Mission Statement: Susan S. Russo: President,

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

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 whose legacy lives on.


Barbara Fischkin is
the mother of Daniel Mulvaney, a 20-year-old who has severe autism and of Jack
Mulvaney 17, a star Long Beach High
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
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.

Survivors Art Foundation Mission
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

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


NYU Child Study Center: 
Specialty Areas: Neuropsychological Evaluations, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Parent Training 
Dr. Kimberely Williams is a clinical neurophysiologist, working out of our Long Island Campus with exceptional expertise in pervasive developmental disorders, organizational skills training for children with ADHD, student anxiety and perfectionism, and parent training. She provides assessment, diagnostic evaluation, cognitive remediation, and school consultation for children and adolescents. She regularly consults with parents and speaks to groups about parenting concerns such as the effects of affluence and overindulgence. 

Deihl, M.Ed, ADTR, LCAT

of Dance Arts Survivors Art Foundation:
Ms Deihl teachs route students working toward DTR and Dance Therapists
working toward ADTR; conducts dance therapy workshops, courses and training
groups; has served as a faculty member and guest lecturer at many colleges and
universities including Columbia University, Brown University Medical School,
Pratt Institute, Sarah Lawrence College, Barnard College, Smith College,
Connecticut College, Rhode Island School of Design, York University, Drake
University, Naropa Institute, Rutgers University, George Washington University,
Queens College, Southampton College, Hahnemann Medical College, and SUNY at

The North
Poetry Scene Mission Statement:
(TNSPS) is a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit
organization located on eastern Long Island, but whose
programs extend to NYC. We are committed to enriching lives through the spirit
and power of poetry. We provide innovative literary programs and open forums to
instill well being, encourage creativity and increase awareness of literature
and the arts, some of those being poetry readings, TNSPS Arts Forum TV Show, an
annual anthology, adult, school and prison poetry workshops.
[email protected]

Poets Featured in the Exhibit:

Lynn Cohen   Yom Kippur at Breslau

Conlin Another Chance

Yolanda Coulaz DAUGHTER

Peter V.
Dugan A Polar Bear in a Snow Storm

Walt Dawydak  Blade
Duane Esposito Us


Gladys Henderson Bus Stop, New York City to Dallas,
Kay Kidde Waiting Table in the Caribbean
Mindy Kronenberg  Porcelain
Edmund Miller Immigration
Drew Moss the great flood
Tammy Nuzzo-Morgan ELECTRA S DESIRE
Adam Penna The Childless Couple
Russ Perry A Note to John Yang
Christina Rau The Peace of The World Is In My Veins

Reiher-Meyers The Peace of The World Is In My Veins

John L. Silver Blue Over Coat
Kempton Van Hoff Only I Before Me
Pramila Venkateswaran The EscortMichelle
Whittaker The Exchange Student