PORT TOWNSEND — Northwind Art Best Gallery presents Lost Words: A Juried Exhibit of Art and Poetry.
The exhibit, a national showing of poets and visual artists in an eclectic mix of both disciplines, opened Thursday and continues through July 25 at the gallery at 701 Water St. Gallery hours are from noon to 5 p.m. Thursday through Monday.
The concept of Lost Words began as a commentary on the 2007 removal of some nature words from the Oxford Children’s Dictionary, and the book that investigates this, “The Lost Words,” an illustrated ‘spell book’ to conjure these words back, by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris.
The exhibit’s responding visual art is a mix of 2D and 3D. The poetry is presented in small pamphlet format, and a selection of poems is displayed on the walls, interplaying with the visual art.
“Over 140 submissions came in from across U.S., for a final juried selection of over 50 pieces,” said Northwind Art Exhibits Director Michael D’Alessandro. “The exhibit is an interesting mix of contemporary and traditional styles.”
Jurors were Seattle artist Leah Gerrard, who received a 2016 Artist Trust Fellowship Award for her wire sculpture, and poet Carmen Germain, who taught at Peninsula College for more than 20 years and was a co-director of the Foothills Writers Series.
The two will discuss the exhibits and the theme of language and art with viewers at 7 p.m. July 14. The online Zoom event is free, but registration is required at NorthwindArt.org.
Poets chosen for the exhibit are Mary Chant, Suzanne Cottrell, L. Daniels, Tara Doherty, Jan Dove, Malcolm Glass, Anna Linzer, Meg Lodes, Jayne Marek, Pattie Palmer-Baker, Sarah Rehfeldt, Carol Roscoe, Andy Rovelstad, Heather Schroeder, Nan Toby Tyrrell, Diane Walker, Morrie Warshawski and Erin McCluskey Wheeler.
Visual artists in the exhibit are Pamela Anneser, Brandin Barón, Marilynn Barr, Neil Berkowitz, Amy Broderick, Stephanie Damoff, Suzanne Dittenber, Timm Duffy, Nicole Edens, Nicholas Gripp, Jeanette Hammerstein, Ann Huang, Sandee Johnson, Michael Jorgensen, Meg Kaczyk, Christopher Leitch, Andrea Lewicki, Ryan Lewis, Gordon Little, Annell Livingston, Sophia Moreau, Leslie Nichols, David Noble, Mary O’Shaughnessy, Robin Olsen, Carolyn Pampalone Rabbers, Tami Phelps, Sandra Rouverol, Egor Shokoladov, Matthew Smucker, Jeanne Toal, Roger Travis, Fred Videon, Cynthia Laureen Vogt and Dana Weir.
Northwind Art is dedicated to the mission of cultivating the arts through education, exhibits and artist advancement – with two gallery locations and online classes and workshops.