Call for Submissions for Word and Image Project

word image logoSubmissions are now open for an innovative summer exhibit at the Hoffman Center in Manzanita. The exhibit will pair artists and writers to create original work, each in response to the other’s.

The “Word and Image” project will offer up to 15 selected artists and writers a unique creative experience, one that co-organizers Deborah DeWit and Emily Ransdell call “silent collaboration.”

“Writers have been writing in response to art for centuries,” said Ransdell. “We thought it would be interesting to create a modern take on the tradition by letting artists have their turn as well.”

Ransdell said that the project is a spin-off of the Hoffman Center’s weekly Writing Lounge, where local writers create short pieces in response to various prompts, often resulting in works that surprise the authors themselves.

“All creative output is in response to something — an idea, an emotion, or an image,” added DeWit. “This is not a ‘theme’ project, in which everyone is asked to interpret the same subject, but rather a way for each artist and writer to utilize their own personal point of view and style to interpret another’s creation.”

Word and Image is open to all artists and writers who live on the north Oregon coast or have a strong connection to the area. Interested writers and artists should submit three samples of their work via e-mail to

The deadline for submissions is May 11, 2015. Selected artists and writers will be notified by Jun. 1 and paired off at a kick-off gathering on June 13. New work for the Word and Image exhibit will be due from each artist and writer by August 3rd, with an opening reception and reading to be held at the Hoffman Center on Saturday, August 29.

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A Hoffman Center team, led by Ransdell and DeWit, will select participants. Ransdell is a poet with an MFA in Creative Writing. A past recipient of an American Academy of Poets Prize, she is currently a member of The Poet’s Studio at The Attic Institute in Portland. DeWit, a full-time painter and photographer for 35 years, has exhibited widely. Her work is included in many private and public collections throughout the Pacific Northwest.

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