In this unique exhibition sculptor Bill Allen and poet Fleda Brown engage in an artistic conversation between genres. Each artist looks for points of entry into the other’s work through words, lines, or colors that evoke emotion and feeling. Brown writes, not to explain the sculpture but to add the voice of the poet to its implications. Allen responds to a poem, envisioning what it says to him outside of language. He creates not an illustration of the poem, but a tactile thought, a thought without words. When these works are displayed together, the result is a dynamic interplay that pushes the limits of language and image.
ConTEXTure: A Writing and Sculpture Workshop with Fleda Brown and Bill Allen will be offered on May 15 and 22 in association with the exhibition. This workshop is designed for adults interested in exploring their creative nature through writing and sculpture. Poet and writer Fleda Brown will lead the first session, focusing on writing short poetry in response to visual stimuli. The second session will be led by sculptor and painter Bill Allen. Participants will create multi-media sculptures in reaction to their poetry from the first session. Pre-registration and payment is required. The deadline for registration is Friday, May 14, 2010 at 1:00 pm. For details on costs and requirements or to register call Diana Bolander, Curator of Education and Interpretation at 231-995-1029.
The Dennos Museum Center is open Monday to Saturday 10 AM to 5 PM, Thursday until 8 PM and Sundays 1-5 PM. Admission is $6.00 adults, $4.00 for children and free to museum members. For more information on the Museum and exhibition, go to dennosmuseum.org or call 231-995-1055. The Dennos Museum Center is located at 1701 East Front Street, Traverse City, MI 49686, at the entrance to the campus of Northwestern Michigan College.