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In Times Like These Opening Reception

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May 10, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm


In Times Like These: An exhibition of contemporary poetry paired with contemporary visual art reflecting the times in which we currently live.

May 10-June 9, 2019
Opening Reception Friday, May 10, 5:30-7:30 pm;
Three poets read their work at 6:30.
Pink Dog Gallery, 348 Depot St. Asheville, NC 28801,
River Arts District

Curated by Laurie Wilcox-Meyer, Cherry Lentz Saenger and Hedy Fischer

In an attempt to understand our social and political climate, artists and writers have a unique perspective that is worthy of our attention.

Art that sparks further thought or encourages communication can have an impact on individual views and how they are shaped into the future. Engaging words and images have always had a powerful ability to elicit a wide range of responses, from outrage to revelation.

In a culture oversaturated with sound bites and quick images, meant to only be eye-catching for a moment, poetry and visual art are able to add to the civic dialogue posing big-picture kinds of questions and provide a platform on which conversations can be started that, hopefully, lead to communication between people, communities, even political parties.

This is not a new concept. Art and poetry have historically played a role in shaping public consciousness, from William Blake to Patricia Smith and from Picasso to Kara Walker. Art has always been a faithful documentarian, often acting as a moral compass, asking difficult questions of establishment views and institutions.

We asked fifteen local, regional and national poets to submit poems that address a variety of political and social issues, from our environment to our present political divisiveness. We then invited fifteen visual artists to respond to a specific poem with work they felt illustrated the feeling and meaning of the poem chosen for them.

The result of this “blind” collaboration is a thought provoking exhibition of work, on display from May 10-June 9, 2019 at the Pink Dog Gallery, 348 Depot St., Asheville, NC 28801. There will be an opening reception May 10 from 5:30-7:30 pm. Three poets will read their exhibited poem at the opening reception, Robert Zachary, Meta Commerse and Jessica Jacobs, at 6:30 pm.

Participating Visual Artists:

Joshua Adams, Connie Bostic, Ralph Burns, Cleaster Cotton, Margaret Curtis, Holly de Saillan, Ramiro Gomez, Anna Jensen, Tom Pazderka, Joseph Pearson, Jeff Rich, Skip Rohde, Morgan Santander, Kirsten Stolle, and Valeria Watson

Participating Poets:

Mildred K. Barya, Caleb Beissert, Steve Brooks, Nickole Brown, Meta Commerse, Cleaster Cotton, Thomas Rain Crowe, Kevin Evans, Joy Harjo, Jessica Jacobs, Pasckie Pascua, Michael Revere, Ross White, Laurie Wilcox-Meyer, and Robert Zachary

For additional information please contact Hedy Fischer, [email protected] 828-216-1331


May 10, 2019
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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Pink Dog Gallery
348 Depot Street
Asheville, NC 28801 United States
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