VERSE/VISUAL - new collaborations between local photographers and poets created in March and April will exhibit, hold receptions, talk backs, readings in May.
IPSWICH, MA - VERSE/VISUAL, a new project created by Ipswich portrait photographer Cynthia August and Sarah Vickery, director of the Ipswich Poetry Group, will hold a show May 18-20 at the Hall Haskell House in Ipswich MA. Cynthia August is a commercial portrait photographer living and working in Ipswich, known for her ethereal portraits and abstracts. Sarah Vickery is an activist, poet and performer as well as the current director of the Ipswich Poetry Group, a long-standing and well-respected writers group that holds monthly poetry events and working sessions.
VERSE/VISUAL is a collaborative art project between poets and photographers. Inspired by a similar project created by the New York Times in 2017, VERSE/VISUAL photographers are given a poem written by VERSE/VISUAL poets and asked to create images as a personal response. The poems and photographs will be displayed together at the exhibit. Multiple events will take place during the show weekend, including an opening reception with readings and artist Q+A, a poetry open mic, a photography talk and open gallery time. VERSE/VISUAL’s intent is to create a singular experience for viewers by presenting visual journeys based from written word.
“My hope is that VERSE/VISUAL will start a community conversation around personal experience. I am fascinated by what we see in our minds when we read a poem or hear a piece of music. Our brains tell us a story, but is what we see what the author intended us to see? And if it isn’t, how is it different? And then, what happens when we take our response to what we’ve heard or read, and create something new from it?
Our exploration of these questions is the heart of VERSE/VISUAL.”
VERSE/VISUAL: A collaboration between poets and photographers
MAY 18-20, 2018
The HALL HASKELL HOUSE
36 South Main Street
Ipswich, MA 01938
For more information, visit www.versevisual.com
Cynthia August Images, Ipswich Poetry Group, Ipswich Cultural Council
978 998 2228
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