Vision Thru Art is proudly supported by The Philadelphia Foundation's Esther and Sidney Kulick Memorial Fund.
For more than a quarter century, Sidney and Esther Kulick were permanent fixtures at Allens Lane Art Center and lent their talents and voices to help make this organization what it is today. Mr. Kulick served in a variety of roles and even served as the President of the organization (1976-78) while Mrs. Kulick participated in a number of committees, edited the center’s newsletter, worked with the summer camp for kids and even found time to take sculpture classes as a student. After their years of service, both Kulicks lent their names as honorary trustees which helped generate additional connections and good-will toward the center.
The Esther and Sidney Kulick Memorial Fund of the Philadelphia Foundation has continued Mr. and Mrs. Kulick's support for Allens Lane Art Center by awarding two multi-year grants to fund Vision Thru Art, our weekly sculpture class for blind and visually-impaired students. This program has called Allens Lane Art Center home for nearly 25 years. The Kulick Memorial Fund's generous support is helping us lay a strong foundation for the next 25.
A Sculpture Class for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Vision Thru Art is a weekly sculpture class that has been running at Allens Lane for more than 25 years. This class is specifically designed for people who are blind or visually impaired. Our dedicated staff and volunteers help students express their inner vision through a variety of media including clay, wood, mosaic, stone and mixed materials. The artwork generated by the class has been accepted into a number of juried exhibitions, often winning awards. The class is taught by artist Carol Konopinski, who volunteered under long-time instructor Robert Fluhr until his passing in June, 2011. Ms. Konopinski learned many of Mr. Fluhr's techniques and now brings her own energy and art and design experience to the class. Students work at their own pace and enjoy the easy-going social atmosphere in the class. Vision Thru Art will celebrate its 25th anniversary at Allens Lane in 2014.
Location: The Fluhr Studio - (downstairs back studio accessible by rear enterance). Many of the students use Paratransit to get to the class. Service dogs are of course welcome.
Time/Date: Wednesdays from 10am - noon. Classes start in mid-September and run until early June.
Fees: There are no registration or materials fees for this class.
Registration: Currently, this class is full. We have created a waiting list for registration for this class. To be placed on the waiting list, please email us with your name, contact information (mailing address, phone number and email address). As spaces become available, we will contact the next person on the waiting list. Once you have been contacted, an interview with the instructor: Carol Konopinski will be arranged.
In 2004, twelve pieces by Vision Thru Art students were included in the National Exhibit of Blind Artists that travelled from the Philadelphia Museum of Art to the Main Line Unitarian Church and finally the Free Library. Student Ron Bryant won First Award in Sculpture for "St. Gabriel," and Kathy Faul won Recognition Awards for "Bride of the North Wind" and "Babette."
In 2014, several works from the class exhibition in the Carolyn and Howard Alber Gallery show at the Center traveled to an exhibition at Philadelphia's City Hall and were placed in an extended exhibition highlighting the center and it's program.
"My art creations through the Vision Thu Art program are a source of pride for me and my familiy and friends."
- Jane Kohn, artist/student
"If I didn't become blind, I never would have been an artist."
- Don Lorah, artist/student
"The Vision Thru Art program has changed my life. I never thought I had the ability to be an artist."
- Frank Madison, aritst/student
To learn more about the program and register for this class, please contact us at 215-248-0546.