MANZANITA — Word & Image is a summer exhibit at the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita that pairs artists and writers to create original work, each in response to the other’s.
Join the group at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26, at the Hoffman Center for the Arts (across from Manzanita Library at 594 Laneda Ave.) to view the results of this unique creative experience.
Co-organizers Emily Ransdell, a poet and 2016 Pushcart Prize Nominee, and Andy Barker — whose stories have appeared in journals that include the Oregon publications Rain Magazine and The North Coast Squid — call the process “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, attendees will view original art, listen to original readings responding to art and have a chance to purchase broadsides of the collaborations along with a keepsake book of the creative results. The suggested donation for the event is $5.
For those who cannot attend the launch evening, Hoffman Center for the Arts Gallery will be open 3 to 5 p.m. every Friday and Saturday, to view the broadsides. The gallery show will run through the end of September.
“We piloted this project two summers ago,” said Ransdell, a poet and 2016 Pushcart Prize Nominee. “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.”
Participants were selected via a blind submission process, with judging by a group of past Word & Image participants as well as participants in Manzanita Writers’ weekly Writers’ Lounge.
The Hoffman’s Word & Image project is open to all artists and writers who live on the North Oregon Coast or have a strong connection to the area.
For more information, visit hoffmanblog.org, or contact Ransdell at firstname.lastname@example.org.