The Art & Wine Intertwined reception for Worth a Thousand Words art exhibit is Sat Jan 4, 2020 from 1:30-3:30 pm. Wine tastings from Livermore Valley Wineries, live music and artists’ reception. Artist Wei-Ting Chuang will be demonstrating the ancient art of calligraphy during the reception. “Worth a Thousand Words” runs through January 6 and most works in the exhibit are available for purchase.
“Worth a Thousand Words” is on display at the Bankhead Gallery through Jan 6. This exhibit features works that explore the intersection between the visual arts and the written word. Throughout history, visual art and works of poetry or literature have been tied together to build on both medium’s powerful ability to communicate, from the use of detailed illustrations in books, to the creation of imaginative stage sets for the theater.
“Worth a Thousand Words,” curated by Visual Arts Manager Anne Giancola in collaboration with the Poet Laureate of Livermore Cynthia Patton, features artwork paired with poetry. Some works align artwork with poetry by the same artist, others are works of poetry offered with artistic flair. Art journals on display will present a visual record of an artist’s thoughts and ideas, demonstrating how the creative process can, and often does, evolve in both visual and written ways.
Three-dimensional works will also be exhibited such as artist Rae Trujillo’s handbags made from real book covers and spines, and a child’s dress by artist Lorraine Crowder who used pages from a book to create an expressive and thoughtful statement on current events. According to Giancola, the exhibit has a textural, physical quality that is designed to spark new ideas and new ways of thinking. The poetry they read and visuals they see have been designed to cause people to stop and think,” she said. One unique exhibit by Xiaojie Zheng is an interactive display called the “Unity Tree” that encourages viewers to create their own word play.
Located off the lobby, the Founders Room in the Bankhead Theater offers the opportunity to place a special focus on poetry. Curated by Patton, this special exhibit will display poetry written by the winners of the city’s Teen Poet of the Month competition. The connection between the visual arts and the written word will extend into the community in other ways as well. During the run of the exhibit, the new Towne Books Store located on Railroad Avenue next to the Bankhead Theater will have a shelf devoted to art books and related topics.
The Bankhead Gallery is located in the lobby of the theater at 2400 First Street in Livermore. The exhibition is free and open to the public Monday through Friday from 12-4. The gallery is also open to ticketholders during free and public performances in the Bankhead Theater.
Above image: Artist Wei-Ting Chuang demonstrating calligraphy.
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