Parker Arts | Art Gallery Exhibits

Ekphrastic Art

Art & Poetry Collide
PACE Center Art Gallery
September 1 - October 31, 2017

Artist Reception & Readings: October 6, 6:00 to 8:00PM
The artist reception on October 6 will include poetry readings, music, food, and a cash bar. This event is FREE and open to the public.

Ekphrastic writing—literature that uses art as its inspiration—is the impetus for DRAFT. However, for this art exhibit, the concept has been reversed, so that the artists have responded to literature instead. Artists were partnered with writers to see what could manifest out of their collaborations. In some cases the artist and writer knew each other, for others, they were meeting for the first-time. Both writers and painters were fearless in their approaches, taking on the experiment as an opportunity to play and to be inspired, and the results are amazing.

Though this show is visually spare—there are about half the paintings of a typical exhibition—it is artistically loaded. Patrons should plan to give the collaborative artist duos plenty of time so they can take you on a journey into their worlds and to experience how words and pictures, when situated together, ‘speak’ to one another. Process statements accompany works by artist pairs and shed light on how they worked together. 

The artists and writer/poet teams are:
Jan R. Carson and Roger E. Clark
Bob Campagna and Sylvia Eichmann
Doug Erion and Veronica Patterson
Sushe Felix and Ginny Hoyle
Michael Gadlin and Suzi Q. Smith
Tadashi Hayakawa with both Gina Valdés and Rosalía Hayakawa
Ron Hicks and Seth Brady Tucker
Adrienne Stein and Marj Hahne
Don Stinson and Susan Stinson
Michael Vacchiano with both Jennifer Itell and Lori Ryan