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      November 21, 2019

      Thursday   1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (daily until November 24, 2019)

      27 South Greenbush Road
      West Nyack, New York 10994

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      Endless Journey Exhibit

      Prisoner of War Uses Art to Heal and Move Forward

      Rockland Center for the Arts (RoCA) presents Endless Journey, an exhibit of one man’s journey to inform the world of Cambodia’s experiences through art and heal his heart.

      Chanthou Oeur has spanned the globe utilizing his extraordinary multi talents. His art demonstrates his belief in Mother Nature and the profound balancing of the logical reality of life. He uses light against dark, and rough against smooth to represent the cosmic truths-the Happiness and the Sadness. Taking a close look at his art works, the world can recognize the mixed beauty of the East with the West, the Classic with the Modern and they all flow within one another in a single living motion. Chanthou, through public speaking and diverse forms of artistic expression, shares his experiences and enduring spirit with those who are willing to see and hear.

      Self-taught, Chanthou Oeur works in a variety of mediums, including stone, metal, wood, plaster, cement, clay and paper. His first art work in America was a painting of a flat tire entitled "The Flat Tired." That's how he felt upon his arrival, deflated and broken. He uses this analogy to say that a flat tire can be repaired and filled with air again to enable one to keep going in life to new destinations. He has used his art to repair his life and move forward.

      Chanthou Oeur, also known as Chakra Oeur, was born on a small island about 20 miles from Phnom Penh. He was orphaned at a young age, raised by various foster families and in a Buddhist temple, where he spent much of his childhood. He experienced war as a child and served as a freedom fighter soldier in two wars against the Vietnamese who invaded Cambodia. He graduated college in 1974, but during the reign of the Khmer Rouge communists he survived by working as a peasant in a prison camp. During his encampment he would find pieces of paper to draw and write. He would hide these because it was forbidden of the prisoners. This time from 1975 to 1979 is known as the time of the Killing Fields. People were tortured and executed for being educated or having contact with any international agency or foreigner. The estimates of the number killed range from 1.5 to 3 million out of a population of about 8 million.

      A series of unexpected events occurred, while he was teaching in a refugee camp, that led to his immigration to Washington DC in 1978. He fled his country firmly committed to making " The world aware of the suffering life his homeland experienced under the communist and also to prove to the world the rich culture hidden within the depth of Cambodia's long glorious history.”

      His “Snarm” sculpture represents the rough and beaten parts of humans and the scars they leave. In an effort to stop the Viet Cong, President Nixon authorized 110,000 bombs over Cambodia over a 14-month period in an area about the size of New England. The Snarm sculpture represents those scars upon Cambodia but Chakra says that if you dig a little deeper you will find a polished area of light [within each person.] His sculptures represent life, resilience and light carved of stone to show a seed plowing through the earth and concrete, swirling toward the light to become an open pod and then a leaf. They show the darkness and light within each of us.

      Mr. Oeur worked as an art restorer for the Smithsonian Natural History Museum for many years. Over the last few decades, Chanthou Oeur has participated in a number of exhibitions. He won the first prize at the global Cambodian Art festival in Long Beach California, participated in the Smithsonian's Natural History Museum exhibit Across the Seas and Over the Mountains, took part in a Khmer arts exhibition at the Chicago's Field Museum of Natural History, presented his poetry and art at the Weisman Museum in Minneapolis, Minnesota in an exhibition entitled Facing Death and participated in the eighth annual Bridges and Connections International Sculpture Symposium at the Andres Institute of Art in Brookline, New Hampshire. The piece of sculpture that he created is now part of the institute's collection, titled Snarm #6, the 6-foot high sculpture features scarlike pockmarks and holes cut through the granite to resemble bullet holes through imaginary houses, temples walls, which were not imaginary at all in his beloved Native Country.
      Oeur enjoys extending his Art exhibitions and poetry readings to numerous places in America and in his native country Cambodia. RoCA is excited to be exhibiting a Snarm sculpture at this exhibit.
      RoCA’s encourages visitors to think of art as a form of healing for the mind, body and spirit in this fast-paced, technology-driven world we live in. RoCA’s Fall 2019 exhibitions feature artists who have overcome challenges in their own lives, providing inspiration for others.
      We invite you to join us for an artist’s Opening Reception on Sunday, October 20th, 2:00-5:00pm. Endless Journey is on view Oct. 13 – Nov. 24, 2019. Free to the general public. For more information contact: Rockland Center for the Arts, 845-358-0877, or visit Rockland Center for the Arts is located at 27 S Greenbush Rd., West Nyack, NY 10994. Regular hours are: Mon-Fri 10-4; Sat and Sun 1-4pm.

      RoCA’s programs are made possible, in part, with funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

      Cost: Free -

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