Word & Image is a summer exhibit at the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita, which paired artists and writers to create original work, each in response to the other’s.
Join us at 7pm Saturday, August 20 to view the results of this unique creative experience, one that co-organizers Deborah DeWit and Emily Ransdell call “silent collaboration.” Twelve artists and twelve writers drew names, and have created art and writing in response to each other’s creative work.
At the event, you’ll view original art, listen to original readings responding to art and have a chance to purchase broadsides of the matching pieces along with a souvenir book of all the creative results.
“We piloted this project last summer,” Ransdell explained. “Writing in response to art has been popular for centuries — we thought it would be fun for artists to have their turn as well, creating art in response to writing."
Co-organizer DeWit added, “It turned out to be a great experience for the participants. Unlike a more typical themed show, the concept of response art and writing enabled each participant to both showcase their own personal style and to connect with others through interpreting each other’s work. People explored new mediums and methods with wonderful results.”
Ransdell said that the project began as a spin-off of the Hoffman’s weekly Writer’s Lounge, where writers are invited to create short pieces in response to various prompts, often resulting in work that surprises the authors themselves. Last summer’s call for submissions to Word and Image was so successful that Ransdell and DeWit juried the entries this year via a blind submission process.
“By limiting participants to 12 writers and artists, we make sure we give all the participants the space and time for their work to be represented well,” DeWit said. “And we want the community participation to be as broad and diverse as possible. There is so much talent in our area.”
The Hoffman’s Word and Image project is open to all artists and writers who live on the north Oregon coast or have a strong connection to the area.
Participants were selected by a Hoffman team, led by Ransdell and DeWit. Ransdell is a poet with an MFA in Creative Writing. A past recipient of an American Academy of Poets Prize, she is currently a member of The Poet’s Studio at The Attic Institute in Portland. She divides her time between Manzanita and Camas, Wa.
DeWit, a full-time painter and photographer for 35 years, has exhibited widely. Her work is included in many private and public collections throughout the Pacific Northwest. She is also a published author, with three books in publication and is the subject of a documentary, “Wetlands: Seasons of Mind” about her painting and its relationship with the natural world. Currently she exhibits with Whitebird Gallery in Cannon Beach and Rowboat Gallery in Pacific City. She lives with her husband, filmmaker Carl Vandervoort, in Wheeler.
This project is supported in part by a grant from The Oregon Cultural Trust: Oregonians sustaining, developing and participating in our arts, heritage and humanities.
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