Molly B is a native of the Miami Valley and has lived here her entire life. Just over three years ago she lost most of her vision, and late in 2021 she became completely blind. She’s always loved art exhibits, museums, galleries, and most any type of art. Since her complete loss of sight, Molly had searched for blind-accessible exhibits but found very few options. She decided to try to put together an exhibit here, and with help from the community, she will bring art back to life for the visually impaired in Dayton and beyond.
What most sighted people don't know is that mobility and doing things for ones self isn't the hardest part about going blind, it's the boredom. Most entertainment options are geared toward a visual experience. Close your eyes and go to a movie, or watch TV, look at art, or even a sunset. It's not the same. Most museums and art galleries are strictly a hands-off visual experience. Sensory art encourages a hands on experience for those who can't see with their eyes.
Beyond Vision will be a tactile art experience, but we’ll have more than just touchable paintings. There will be artists working with sound, smell, even taste. We want to open up the world of sensory art to the visually impaired in every way possible.
It all starts on April 29th at The Landing Event Space located at 804 Monument Avenue in Dayton with an artist reception and gallery opening at 6:00 PM that evening, and the experience will run through Sunday afternoon.
We’d like to make this a free event for everyone, so we are seeking help from the community to cover costs, as well as partners and volunteers to make sure everything runs safely and smoothly.
Your support will impact all aspects of the event from napkins to accessible ramps, hors d'oeuvres to display racks, advertising to security.
We want to make this a permanent gallery in Dayton with accessible art for everyone to enjoy year-round. With your help, we can make it happen for the visually impaired community.
Ultimately, we want to have galleries across the country, and maybe the world, to allow the visually impaired to experience art no matter where they are. We want to make art an immersive experience, we want to take it Beyond Vision.
Visit the Beyond Vision web Page to learn more about our mission and keep in touch through social media.
- April Alley
- Cedrick Parks
- Mark Messer