A Reflection Beyond Words

As Thanksgiving approaches, I’m feeling grateful.  As I mentioned before, my artwork and poetry were recently exhibited at an art show, Beyond Words, in Toledo, OH.  Opening night was a flurry of excited guests, yummy treats, and delectable artwork.  I enjoyed taking my family and friends around to see my work.  I also had the opportunity to overhear feedback on my art, reminding me of the days when I shared my poetry in front of a crowd at an open mic.  I even met some of the artists that collaborated with me.  One of them chose to write a piece to go with my artwork, Bamboo with Red Bird, because she, too, has an affinity for Japan and even lived there for a period of time.

Then came the icing on the cake.  We attended the awards ceremony.  Two of my poems received second place.  What made this especially gratifying was that the poems were compared to a specific style reminiscent of a famous writer.  I had never much thought about my style in regards to poetry.  Apparently, I have one…or two 😉  My poem, Suffering from Poetic License, received second place for the T.S. Eliot Award: Modernist in style with a range of techniques.  Another poem of mine, Whose Musing, received second place for the Mark Twain Award: humorous or social commentary.  At the end, they announced the People’s Choice Award, which went to a poem written in response to my watercolor collage painting, Giraffes on Reserve, pictured above.  Hooray!

Now, awards are a bonus, but not why most artists, including myself, make art.  We do it because we love it.  Because we have a need.  It fills us up.  We feel alive.  It helps us make sense of the world and hopefully helps others, as well.  As I said in my previous post, making a connection is the best part about participating in an art exhibition like this one.

How will you connect with the universe this holiday season?

 

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Beyond Words Art Exhibit in Toledo

 

I’m excited to announce that some of my artwork and poetry are being exhibited in an art show at the McMaster Center gallery of the downtown library in Toledo, OH from now through Sunday Nov. 2. There are over 200 entries by 72 artists.

The exhibit features paintings, poetry, short stories, mixed media, photography, sculpture, and even jewelry.  What makes this show unique is that it’s a collaboration, so each piece of art is paired with writing by a different artist.  In other words, one piece was inspired by or created in response to another.

At the opening reception last night, the master of ceremonies mentioned that this show is one of the only collaborative exhibits of its kind in the nation.  Ben Malczewki, one of the jurors for the art show, gave a statement about the exhibit.  “This exhibit wonderfully captures what diversity and voice and community means to art, and that together, we are more than we could be alone.”

I have four pieces of art and three poems in this exhibition.  The most exciting part for me was to see the artwork and writing paired with mine.  As an artist, you don’t always know the impression your work makes on another person.  It’s especially gratifying to see that response depicted through art.

If you’re in the area, you should come check it out!  And if you’re in the market for a new piece of art to decorate your home or office, you’ll find many of the pieces are for sale.