The exhibit of all touchable art includes sculptures, woodworks, mixed media, ceramics, fiber pieces and interactive art created by professional and emerging artists. Each piece has a Braille sign, produced by students from Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind (FSDB), under the direction of Nancy Berger, Braille Specialist. A special installation of works by FSDB students who attend Clay Club and the Blind Ambition Art Club are also on display.
Part of the global “Art Beyond Sight” initiative, the annual Tactile Art Show has become a renowned community outreach program that enhances art accessibility for the blind and visually impaired. The juried exhibition is also aesthetically pleasing and engaging for people of all ages.
In 2015, the tactile exhibition expanded beyond the St. Augustine Art Association gallery walls with installation of the citywide TOUCH St. Augustine Braille Trail — a group of interpretive Braille markers developed for the City’s public statuary. This summer, a new TOUCH St. Augustine Audio Tour was released. Accessible by phone (904-300-0500) or free mobile app, the talking tour includes visual descriptions and compelling stories about the statues narrated by Brian Owens, sculptor of the bronze St. Augustine Foot Soldiers Monument.
The 16th Annual Tactile Art Show is open free to the public. St. Augustine Art Association gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 4 p.m. and on Sundays, 2 to 5 p.m. Group tours are available by calling (904) 824-2310. For more information about TOUCH St.Augustine, visit www.touchstaugustine.com or call (904) 824-2310.