Word & Image Event Showcases
Saturday, August 26 | 7 pm
Hoffman Center for the Arts
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, August 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.
At the event, you’ll 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.
For those who cannot attend the launch evening, Hoffman Center for the Arts Gallery will be open every Friday and Saturday, from 3 to 5pm, to view the broadsides. The gallery show will run through the end of September.
“We piloted this project two summers ago,” Ransdell explains. “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.”
“It turned out to be a great experience for the participants,” Ransdell adds, “Unlike a more typical themed show, the concept of response art and writing enabled each participant to both showcase their own personal style and to connect with others through interpreting each other’s work. People explored new mediums and methods with wonderful results.”
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.
“By limiting participants to 12 writers and artists, we make sure we give all the participants the space and time for their work to be represented well,” Ransdell said. “And we want the community participation to be as broad and diverse as possible. There is so much talent in our area.”
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, Wa.
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 Avenue.) For more information contact Emily Ransdell at firstname.lastname@example.org