2016-11-30 / Features

Mythological Fantasy Exhibit At Queensborough College


“In the Gardens of Mount Olympus” is an art installation by Mara Sfara, in the exhibit, “From Land to Sea,” at the QCC Art Gallery. The piece is designed to help people with dyslexia and other learning disabilities better communicate their emotions and experiences. “In the Gardens of Mount Olympus” is an art installation by Mara Sfara, in the exhibit, “From Land to Sea,” at the QCC Art Gallery. The piece is designed to help people with dyslexia and other learning disabilities better communicate their emotions and experiences. “In the Gardens of Mount Olympus” is a modern mythological fantasy that recreates the world of the Greek mythological gods, goddesses, and creatures, turning them into modern day fables through visual arts, dance and music. This installation piece is part of the exhibit, “From Land to Sea,” at the QCC Art Gallery now through January 15, 2017.

While this world of whimsy is pleasurable for all, the installation piece is designed to help people with dyslexia and other learning disabilities to better communicate their emotions and experiences.

“The biggest challenge for persons with learning disabilities is communication,” said artist Mara Sfara. “My exhibit is based on seeing things moving in space, and hearing sounds. These tools can help people use the senses rather than language to understand the world they live in, and from that understanding, to begin to translate their experience into words so they can communicate with others.”

This mythological fantasy ascends from a place below hell to heaven and above – into the universe. Viewers engage with the world first by discovering and learning the characters of Greek mythology, then go on to learn how those characters relate to them, to the world they live in, and to the worlds beyond.

Mara Sfara has exhibited her work throughout the city, the US and around the world. In 2007, Sfara’s portrait, “Tribute to Tuskegee Airmen,” was unveiled at the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City, where it is housed in its permanent collection.

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