A Day of Friends, Poetry and Art

My first stop on my Pasadena, CA adventure was the Pacific Asia Museum. It is their 40th Anniversary. Poets on Site (I am a member) has been asked to write poems in response to pieces in the exhibit, “40 Years of Building the Pacific Asia Museum Collection” for an audio tour. It was great to see other Poets on Site members there to write their stories. (Pictured – Joan Stern, Cindy Rinne, Tara Scott, and Kathabela Wilson.)

Selecting pieces to write about was difficult. Each one was a wonderful discovery. I decided to write poems about pieces from New Guinea. I liked the textures of reeds, feathers and carved woods. All of the pieces show the cultures’ connection to the land and their desire to honor the generations.

I took photographs, made sketches and wrote down information. I have found that writing poems about ancient artwork also becomes part of my story. I will write poems later after thinking about the pieces.

Next stop was the Offramp Gallery to drop off artwork as a donation for the “Benefit Art Sale supporting Jade Bemiller’s Fight to Beat Leukemia.” Jade is four years old. The art community is joining in to help bring support to the Bemiller family.

As always, Offramp is a hospitable place. Nice people, good conversations and wonderful art being donated. My piece is called, “Transparent Holiness.” The show is July 17-31, 2011, 1702 Lincoln Ave. Receptions: Sunday, July 17, 2-5pm and Sunday, July 31, 2-5pm.

A friend also brought beautiful fabric scraps for me to use in future textile creations! The best surprise was to see the Bemiller family with hugs all around. Jade is a brave little girl with a big smile and hot pink shoes.

Please stop by and see the shows at the Pacific Asia Museum and at Offramp Gallery.


~ by fiberverse on July 14, 2011.

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