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The art of dyslexic artist Angelina Mazzanti will be on exhibit in July at the Guachoya Cultural Art Center in Lake Village.

Art viewers in can experience Mazzanti’s “jumbled up” world of letters reflecting the chaos in her mind when she reads.

“The intent of my installation is to give the viewer an environment in which to relay my overwhelming frustration with reading,” Mazzanti said. “I want to invite the viewer to share the same emotions I have dealing with dyslexia. The viewer is confronted with my frustration through a debris field of ripped books and jumbled up letters that reflect the chaos in my mind when reading.”

This body of work reflects different aspects of Mazzanti’s dyslexia and expresses to the viewer how she perceives things when she reads and writes.

“Throughout my show I use the common association of light with intelligence to show intellect,” she said. “The light also reflects the determination I have created within myself to cope and deal with my disability. The use of books and text are the most common thing many dyslexics have difficulty comprehending. Letters are used instead of words in many of the works. The viewer is not supposed to make sense of the letters but to see the pieces as a whole.

The exhibit opened on July 3 and runs through July 30 with an artist reception on July 10 from 6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.

Having dyslexia is something Mazzanti has dealt with for most of her life.

“School has always been a struggle for me,” she said. “Through the years the order of letters and words have always appeared rearranged in my brain. Today I still have trouble organizing words and emphasizing syllables in sentences and paragraphs. This continues to make reading very difficult but art has become my vehicle for reprieve and escape from these challenges.

“Dyslexia never goes away,” Mazzanti  said. “Its something I have learned to cope with. It is something that I work on every day. Dyslexia is not a physical disability and you would never know I had it if you meet me. It is something many people have and don’t know they have but each one deals with it in a different way. Making art is my way.”

The Guachoya Cultural Art Center is located at 1652 Highway 65 and 82 South in Lake Village. The center is open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. and on Fridays from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.

For more information Vera Pesaresi at 870-265-6077.

Support for Guachoya is provided in part by the Arkansas Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage and the National Endowment for the Arts. Platinum Sponsors are: Neill Sloan, Laurie B. Black, Susan and Ray McBride and LaBerta and Randy Russell. Silver Sponsors are Skip Davidson, Tracey and Daniel Medford, Sharon and Jerry Mazzanti, and Simmons First Bank of Lake Village.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][/vc_column][/vc_row]