Ollom Art Festival – Celebrating 15th Years, November 10th, 2018

Opening ReceptionSaturday, November 8th from 6-9 PM, 2018

New York, NY – November 10th to 15th

Please join us in celebrating 15 years of creating art with 15 artists at the 2018 Festival while helping us raise monies for our newest project – Art Heals© Workshops and Collaborations. These workshops link communities across the country with artists and healing organizations to help demonstrate that art can truly heal.

The 2018 Festival is a multi-disciplinary art experience encompassing inquiries into literal and metaphoric holes in our somatic bodies and our psychic selves. We have gathered 15 diverse artists from around the country to present workshops, installations, performances, artworks, prose, and poetry in an exciting six-day gallery event from November 10th to 15th.

Artist include: R. Bremner, Gary Michael Collins, Don DeMauro, David Fischweicher, Vaughan Grey*, Jeanette Hardie*, Miriam Hendel, Neena Massey*, Lindsay Metcalf*, Richard Jeffrey Newman*, Dennis Nauert, John C. Ollom*, Jim Sable, Lisa Samalin* and Marlene Tholl (* artists presenting workshops).

Join us for our Opening Reception Fundraiser on November 10th from 6 – 8 PM, featuring a wine and cheese reception hosted by our favorite host, Ms. Daisey Lopez, a performance artwork شفا یابی کا پانی : Svadisthana – Gateway of Healing and Transformation by Neena Massey, the award-winning short film Pierced Heart, poetry readings and music. Meet the artists and discover how art moves you. Artworks will also be available for purchase. Tickets are $100 and all proceeds go to our Art Heals© Workshops. Tickets are available at

The following workshops will be presented from November 11th – 14th.

Woman’s Voices Workshop – Sunday, November 11th – 1:30 – 4:00 PM 
With a Woman’s Healing Circle Create your own art with Lisa Samalin – Join our extraordinary installation artist, Lisa Samalin as she explains her creative process and helps each participant create their own personal diorama. Please bring a photograph of yourself from any age, infancy to the present, which you can cut out. If possible bring a photo that shows your whole body, but if not, we can work with whatever you bring.

  • Panel discussions and presentations with Lindsay Metcalf, Jeanette Hardie, Neena Massey
    and Lisa Samalin on art creation and healing.
  • Performance Art by Neena Massey. Neena will perform her piece شفا یابی کا پانی : Svadisthana – Gateway of Healing and transformation performance of Composition #2 by Jeanette Hardie, Shirley Hardie, and John Ollom– movement art created by John Ollom.
  • The Workshop will close with a Woman’s Healing Circle where stories can be shared in a safe place and healing can be fostered. This last section is for female-identified individuals only.

The Hole Project Documentary – Sunday, November 11th – 4:30 – 5:30 PM  
Vaughan Grey will lead a discussion and presentation of his documentary film on “The Hole Project” held at Totem Yoga and Art in Phoenix, Arizona in April 2018. This film examines the uses of art and how it affects people. The film helps document part of the process that our Art Heals© workshops use to show art expression as a way to help others connect and leave shame behind as they explore movement and art inquiry.

Internal Landscapes© Workshop – Monday, November 12th – 6:30 – 8:30 PM 
John Ollom, MFA, author of the book Internal Landscapes, will discuss why “The Hole Project” was the theme of this year’s Ollom Art Festival. In addition to this short artist talk, John will demonstrate his methodology of Internal Landscapes© which he has been teaching in workshops across the USA. We will start with simple drawing and writing and then explore simple movement expression to encourage your most authentic self to come forth. Please dress comfortably so you can move.

Naked Drawing + Naked Movement – Tuesday, November 13th – 6:30 – 9:30 PM
Please contact the organizer for more details: Email:, Phone: 212-592-0103

Writing About What You’re Afraid to Write About – Wednesday, November 14th – 6:30 – 8:00 PM
Richard Jeffrey Newman discusses: Why write about something you fear? To name it and, in naming it, to gain control over it. To learn how not to be afraid. Or, perhaps, to learn how to live with fear. Why try to make poetry from your fear, to make it beautiful with words? Not the straightforward loveliness of surfaces, but the beauty that puts us in touch with the full depth of what it means to be human, that does not force us to choose between it and ugliness, but rather allows us to experience both beauty and ugliness as they always already exist within us, and in the world around us. Why? Because while a poem may pronounce judgment on what we fear, it does not judge us for fearing it. Poetry is not politics, and it is not therapy, but finding the words that will make your fear beautiful is an act of hope and, therefore, of a kind of healing. In this workshop, we will explore strategies for bringing that hope and that healing into our lives and our work, whether as poets and writers or as people who simply want to find ways of saying what they haven’t, till now, been able to say.

Space is limited for each workshop so please register early. Each session will be $20 or get an All Workshop Pass for $60 at

To find out more visit our website at or follow us at Ollom Art on Facebook or @OllomArt on Twitter and Instagram. Together we can make the arts accessible to everyone.

Prismatic Productions, Inc./Ollom Art was formed to advance public interest in and understanding of issues of diversity; to educate, instruct and present to the public diverse art forms through performance, educational classes, symposiums, lectures, festivals, and similar activities; and, to provide artists of diverse backgrounds and forms with a forum to expose their works to the public.

For more information please contact Jim Sable at

Contact: Jim Sable
Organization: Ollom Art, a division of Prismatic Productions, Inc.
Phone: 212-592-0103