“P I C T U R E S & W O R D S”
“Ekphrastic Poems & the Art”
Robert Tomlinson & 15 Oregon Poets
Contact: Sally Houck, OCCA, 541-265-6569, firstname.lastname@example.org
Robert Tomlinson and 15 Oregon poets exhibit their work in the Upstairs Gallery at the Newport Visual Art Center beginning on Friday, October 7 with a reading at 4pm and an opening reception from 5pm to 7pm. Oregon Coast Council for the Arts invites everyone to the free reception to meet the artist and poets.
“Pictures & Words, Ekphrastic Poems & the Art” highlights Robert Tomlinson’s drawings from three series completed over the last seven years; “Coda”, “Subjects Not Objects” and “E.” All of the drawings are made with oil stick, pastel, chalk, pencil and acrylic paint on large sheets of archival paper. In his abstract images, there is evidence of a unique vocabulary of shapes that Tomlinson has developed over the years. He refers to these as his own private language, created from the subconscious but inspired by and paying attention to many visual marks easily seen everyday – from the backs of trucks, clouds, water patterns on the street, shapes in a garden and graffiti.
“Ekphrasis,” writing that comments upon another art form, is the rhetorical device in which one medium of art tries to relate to another. Oregon poets Karen Clausel, Jennifer Coleman, Lydia Foster, Colette Jonopulos, Claudia Lapp, Maryrose Larkin, Laura LeHew, Nancy Carol Moody, Eileen Peterson, Tim Pfau, Kathryn Ridall, Jenny Root, Joanna Rosinska, Standard Schaefer and James Yeary have written poetry in response to Tomlinson’s artwork. This esteemed lineup of poets adds another dimension to this exhibition, that being the art of words. These poets have collectively published hundreds of poems and authored numerous books and chapbooks printed both nationally and internationally. The list includes award winning poets, teachers, booksellers, editors, small press publishers, organizers of Literary Arts programs, and the President and a board member of the Oregon Poetry Association.
Tomlinson has another exhibit that marries poetry and his drawings called, “Original Weather” which is on view at the Moses Lake Museum and Arts Center in Moses Lake, Washington, through October 14th and will show later this year at the Grants Pass Museum in Grants Pass.
“Pictures & Words, Ekphrastic Poems & the Art” continues in the Upstairs Gallery through the 29thth of October. The Upstairs Gallery, on third floor of the Newport Visual Arts Center at 777 NW Beach Drive in Nye Beach, is open Tuesday through Saturday from 12noon to 4pm. For more information, call Sally Houck, OCCA Director/VAC, 541-265-6569.