FULL MOON PARTY! @ RoCA

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Rockland Center for the Arts will hold its 2nd Full Moon Party, Saturday, October 7th, on the beautiful grounds of The Catherine Konner Sculpture Park. Festivities this year will include:

Rockland’s own legendary Sam Waymon with his Magic Band and Special Guest, Jeff Doctorow will perform at this live event.   Waymon is a master of the genre, from gospel to jazz. His band performs the best of American music, blues, jazz and rhythm & blues. Sam has a repertoire of over 400 songs in a variety of styles with distinct stylings and sounds.

Performance Artist Jaanika Peerna will perform Glacial Elegy. Peerna captures transitions in natural phenomena – wind, light, or in this case ice – through drawing, dance and light installations. Her abstract work is a black and white world. Her works have been performed and exhibited in the metropolitan New York are as well as in Berlin, Paris, Tallinn, Helsinki, Lisbon, Rimini, Dubai, and Rome. She is a teaching artist at DIA Beacon and the Visual Thinking Strategies project of the Soros Foundation.

A demonstration of Japanese Raku by John Badik and Jennie Chien, giving guests a rare glimpse into the ancient art of ceramic Raku firing.

Exhibitions, A Distant Embrace, Dwellings and Home will be on view all evening. All exhibits explore the house form as an expression of sustainability, social structure, and family communication. These exhibitions explore issues of local knowledge, memory, environment, and domicile as living art.

Enjoy a great dinner with drinks and dance the night away to the live music of Sam Waymon, his Magic Band, Jeff Doctorow and the Used Karmas.

The Full Moon Party will take place October 7, 2017, 4-8 pm. Tickets can be purchased online at www.rocklandartcenter.org. The cost is $60 a person which includes all events, food and exhibitions. All proceeds benefit RoCA’s exhibitions and educational programs.

BEATING THE CREATIVE BLUES with DR. ERIC MAISEL

Creative folks have a special relationship to the thing usually called “depression.” Vincent van Gogh, the icon of the tortured artist, cut off his own ear, and spun out of control in his own depression. Are all   creative people, who seek to find meaning in their work-destined to end up like van Gogh? Not at all. The source of this depression is embedded in the creative process itself. Men and women who seek to create meaning through their work are heroes in many ways. They have opted to matter. They lay their work as a veneer on top of the forces of meaninglessness and chaos, making them vulnerable to a unique kind of depression that often is not physiological and does not respond to pharmaceutical treatments.

In order to counter this kind of depression, Dr. Eric Maisel says creators must become meaning experts, learning to navigate through the terrain of meaning. The great news is that this can lead to liberation from depression, truly a self-created map out of depression.

Come join Dr. Maisel, America’s foremost creativity coach, psychotherapist, retired family therapist, and the author of more than 50 books (among them The Van Gogh Blues, The Future of Mental Health, Rethinking Depression, and Coaching the Artist Within) as he explains the nature of this special relationship – and what creatives can do to better deal with what for many is a constant background coloration of the blues. Dr. Maisel writes the “Rethinking Mental Health” blog for Psychology Today, is an editor for parent resources at MadinAmerica.com, and lectures nationally and internationally.

Beating the Creative Blues lecture will be held on Saturday, October 21 at 7:30 pm. The cost is $20 for members and $25 for non-members. Tickets can be purchased online at www.rocklandartcenter.org.

For more information visit www.rocklandartcenter.org or call 845-358-0877. Rockland Center for the Arts is located at 27 S. Greenbush Rd, West Nyack, NY 10994.