Artists with Disabilities Showcased in Paper Mill Art Gallery
Paper Mill Playhouse one of the country's premier not-for-profit theaters, is the place where American musical theater is celebrated, cherished, and pushed in exciting new directions, is thrilled to showcase a new art exhibit in the theater's gallery from July 28 - August 19, 2014. In partnership with VSA New Jersey, the art collection will feature original work by Javier Robles, Matt Tucker, Anthony Zaremba and Hannah Fanelli. The gallery will be open to the public during normal box office hours and throughout the run of New Voices 2014, Oh What a Night.
"We are thrilled to feature art in partnership with VSA New Jersey," commented Mark S. Hoebee, Paper Mill Playhouse's Producing Artistic Director. "Our mission of complete accessibility includes our art gallery and I hope the community will admire the amazing pieces these artists have created."
The artists include:
Javier Robles is a New Jersey-based photographer and artist who acquired a C5 spinal cord injury and quadriplegia as a teenager. In addition to creating artwork, Mr. Robles has worked in disability services for over 20 years. Mr. Robles currently advocates for others through his Twitter handle @thisabled.
Matt Tucker doesn't let his rare bone condition called Osteogenesis Imperfecta stop him from pursuing his passion for the arts. Mr. Tucker specializes in fine art photography and his work has been published internationally. For more information on Mr. Tucker and to preview his work, visit www.matttuckerphotography.com.
Anthony Zaremba, a graduate of the School of Visual Arts, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1984. With determination and a vision to pursue his love of art, he retrained himself to paint with his left hand. Mr. Zaremba is one of 24 people featured in Jackie Waldman's book, People with MS, with the Courage to Give. For more information on Mr. Zaremba, visit www.anthonyzaremba.com.
Hannah Fanelli is a visual artist and a performer. Ms. Fanelli performed in several lauded Theatre in Motion music videos that utilize non-traditional casting and showcases artists with and without disabilities in the genre of musical theatre. Ms. Fanelli's visual art has been featured in New York City's Central Park and throughout New Jersey.