Saturday, September 1, 2012

Migration: Inspirations from Poetry Photography & Calligraphy

See the special way that life’s migrations can inspire art. An exhibition of poetry, photography and calligraphy at The Edge Center in Bigfork this month explores these mediums in a creative way. This is a first for the gallery along with an opening reception that includes poetry readings associated to the photography. Four area artists meld these art forms into an enjoyable experience for seasoned as well as new art enthusiasts.

The exhibit runs from September 6 through the 29 with an opening reception on Friday, September 7 from 5:00PM to 7:00PM. Associated poetry and photography reading is at 6:00PM. The opening is free and open to the public with the chance to see the artwork, talk to the artists, and enjoy the treats.

The poetry involves the images in migration themes that can enrich the both experiences, and the calligraphy helps unite the mediums in thought provoking ways. All this can be a reflection of the human experience and its continual evolution from the known to the unknown along with a celebration of our ability to adapt to different and changing environments.

The artists Jackie Solem, Bovey photographer, Susan Hawkinson and Loree Miltich, Grand Rapids poets, and Meridith Schifsky, Duluth calligrapher, present this collaboration. The exhibit, Migration to the Edge explores different types of migration including people and animal in their environments. Also considered is realistic to abstract movement of images. You will see different lifestyles, places and surroundings. Images, as on the featured poster, sometimes details subjects and provides new perspectives.

Jackie Solem, has been an award-winning artist of more than 40 years experience and says about her art, “The greatest influence is the awakeness I experience when I truly see something for what it is, in a new and fresh way…“

Susan Hawkinson is the co-author of Timber Connections: The Joyce Lumber Story and is retired from teaching writing at Itasca Community College in 2008.  She now primarily writes poetry.

Loree Miltich’s poetry has appeared in publications such as The Georgia Review and To Topio: Poetry Internationa  She teaches at Union Institute & University.

After retiring from teaching nursing, Meridith Schifsky now has sufficient time for her love of combining calligraphy with watercolors and acrylics. She has been a member of Colleagues of Calligraphy for 12 years.

Certainly as our experiences become global on all levels, from the role of consumers, to communications, to travel, to entertainment, it is often the arts that can make the most sense of the changes. This show provides an interesting look at these vital “Migrations”.

Come to The Edge Center Gallery and see how this very special group of artists are able to show the meaning of such changes on our environments and in our daily lives.

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