Finding the right words to describe a piece of art can be tricky. But the Chessman Gallery’s latest show will see visual artists tackling the opposite challenge, how to create work that does justice to poetry.
“Beyond Words” is a mixed media exhibition about the power of poetry to ignite the imagination. The exhibit explores the infinite ways words can be interpreted, displaying art pieces and musical compositions alongside the poems that inspired them, all from “First Draft: Erratic Musings of a Wannabe Poet” by Terri Thomas.
The show opens with a public reception from 5 to 7 pm on Friday, Feb. 9, offering visitors the chance to enjoy wine, light refreshments and live music, as well as to meet the artists.
Thomas is a classically trained US/British singer and actress whose performances are noted for a vocal and dramatic integration that keeps the listener engaged. She obtained a musical degree from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. In a career spanning three continents, she has made her mark in everything from television, film and theater to voice overs and opera.
“Vanna Bonta said, ‘The true poem rests between the words,’” Thomas said, “it is that place that I hope artists and readers find inspiration from my poetry.”
“Beyond Words” will be on display through Sunday, March 4, available to view from 10 am to 4 pm daily except Tuesdays. The Chessman Gallery is located inside the Lincoln City Cultural Center at 540 NE Hwy. 101.
For more information, call 541-994-9994 or go to lincolncity-culturalcenter.org.
Sculptin’ in the deep
During the “Beyond Words” reception, guests can head downstairs to an open house and sale at the cultural center’s Clay Studio. Meet local clay artists and see what creations have been born in the converted boiler room of the old Delake School building. For more details, email Kimberly Ota at Kimberlyinclay@gmail.com.