Word & Image is a summer exhibit at the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita, which pairs artists and writers to create original work, each in response to the other’s.
Join us at 7pm Saturday, Aug. 26 ,at the Hoffman Center for the Arts to view the results of this unique creative experience, one that co-organizers Emily Ransdell and Andy Barker call “silent collaboration.” Twelve artists and twelve writers drew names, and have created art and writing in response to each other’s creative work.
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 all the creative results. Suggested donation for the event is $5.
Following the opening, Hoffman Center for the Arts Gallery will be open every Friday and Saturday, from 3 to 5p.m., to view the broadsides. The gallery show will run through the end of September.
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. Judges for writing included Bob Balmer, Kathryn Stock and Phyllis Mannan. Judges for art included Karen Gale, Cathi Howell and Scott Wilson.
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.
Ransdell is a poet with an MFA in Creative Writing. She is a 2016 Pushcart Prize Nominee and was a finalist for the 2016 Rattle Poetry Prize. She serves as co-chair of the Manzanita PoetryFest and divides her time between Manzanita and Camas, Washington.
Barker taught creative writing as a high school English teacher for over 30 years before retiring two years ago. His stories have appeared in journals including the Oregon publications Rain Magazine and The North Coast Squid. He also serves as team leader for The North Coast Squid.
Word & Image is a program of the Hoffman Center for the Arts and will be held at the Hoffman Center, across from Manzanita Library at 594 Laneda Ave. Further information is available at hoffmanblog.org online.