“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 Exhibition”

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

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

Gallery Hours: 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


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 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

Hedy 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: NYC, NY

“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, 2008/ 6-9PM (Open to the public free of charge)

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


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 represents many different charities including Developmental Disability Institute (DDI) and Autism.org.


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,

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 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 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 AutismOne.org 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 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                                      

http://www.survivorsartfoundation.org / safe@survivorsartfoundation.org


NYU Child Study Center: http://www.aboutourkids.org/about_us/staff/clinical_faculty/kimberly_williams# 
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. 

Linni Deihl, M.Ed, ADTR, LCAT
Director 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 Buffalo.

The North Sea 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. Thenorthseapoetryscene@hotmail.com  http://groups.msn.com/TheNorthSeaPoetryScene

Poets Featured in the Exhibit:

Lynn Cohen   Yom Kippur at Breslau Cemetery

Lorraine 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, 1961
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

Barbara 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