After Word of Art 3

Before the fall…

 

I fully expect to skin both knees.
To roll an ankle or miss the last step completely and land on my butt. Hard.

If pride goes before the fall, my wipe-out is inevitable.
Because I couldn’t be more proud.

We just wrapped up Word of Art 3 and it was everything I hoped, planned, and really, really wanted it to be.

Burpee Museum of Natural History was a phenomenal venue for our exhibition and book release reception and working with Dennis Harezlak and Lily Pocs was wonderful. The 56 pieces of printed Word and painted, collaged, ceramic, photographic, framed, dimensional, bright, dark, elaborate, simple, touching, unique Art were displayed beautifully thanks to Kristin Oakley, Debbie Deutsch, Kathy Baker, Kathleen Weber, and Lynda Johnson. The accompanying book was elegantly designed by Jean Oberg. The room allowed enough tables and chairs for all attendees to sit comfortably and view the Author/Artist program with ease. Kathleen Tresemer did a phenomenal job as host and both the Word Judge, John Bradley, and Art Judge, Roni Golan, were in attendance to announce their winning selections. The food provided by Kristin Oakley, Christina Lamphere, and myself, was plentiful, colorful, and delicious. The evening was captured by photographers Caitlin Podemski, Nate Iverson, and Krystle Tyler. Nicole Frazer and the Jefferson High School student volunteers assisted throughout the evening and were superstars come clean-up time. In Print board members, Lisa Roettger, Ted Iverson, and Margie Seger, offered two tables for introductions, information, and sales.

Thank you to everyone who has participated, volunteered, or otherwise supported Word of Art over the past few years. I blogged last week about “being one proud mama“. I birthed an idea for a creative collaboration and it grew. I did not do it alone.
Thank you for being my village.

Word of Art 3 will be my last Word of Art.

It was a stellar event and I am absolutely bursting with pride.
Color me prideful.
I am the blueberry girl of pride. Roll me to the juicer.
The good news? If pride truly does goeth before the fall, I know there will be a handful of amazing people there to catch me.

Which makes my spirit even more haughty.
I am dangerously proud.
Thank you.

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What is Word of Art?

What is Word of Art?

I participated in a similar author/artist partnership a few years back. They did a book, which ours is based on, and the paintings were hung as part of the Art in Your Eye art festival in Batavia, but I wanted MORE.

With Word of Art 1 and 2, I’d say–without bias–that we have achieved MORE.

Our first two years we partnered with Emmanuel Lutheran Church, hosting the exhibition in their gallery. It was perfect for displaying the Word and Art. In our third year, we were contacted by Burpee Museum of Natural History to be included as part of their 75th Anniversary celebration.

Do you have ANY IDEA how exciting this is for ME?! I grew up with Burpee! Burpee is not only an historical staple of the Rockford region, but it’s also nationally renowned as one of the top museums in the country! And my little author/artist collaboration is partnered with them?! I am a proud mama.

Then we thought, as long as we’re mixing things up with a new venue, how about we add DIMENSION?! You know, Word of Art 3D! We have 41 participants from 22 cities and 5 states. In three meager years, Word of Art has conquered the Midwest!

After months of planning, wording, and arting, Word of Art 3 is upon us.
And really, I’m almost finished printing…

What is Word of Art?
A gallery exhibition with Words and Art on display.
What is Word of Art?
A program with Authors and Artists sharing a love of creativity.
What is Word of Art?
An opportunity for Word and Art lovers to come together.
What is Word of Art?
A full-color hard cover book featuring the Word and Art.
What is Word of Art?
In a word, it’s AWESOME.

When is Word of Art 3?
Friday, March 10, 2017, 5 to 9 pm, with a program from 6 to 8 pm.
At Burpee, 737 N. Main Street, Rockford, IL
It’s free and open to the public.

You should come.

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Get to know our WoA3 venue, Burpee Museum of Natural History

Following two very successful exhibitions, Word of Art 3, a collaboration of authors and artists, was contacted by Burpee Museum of Natural History and asked to participate in their 75th Anniversary celebration. We are honored to have one of the country’s best natural history museums host our event.

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Burpee Museum Celebrates 75 Years! August 2016 – August 2017 with a variety of events, attractions, and special experiences for the whole family.

Next up, PaleoFest, where you can celebrate nineteen years of fossils and dinosaurs at Burpee Museum. Engage in make and take workshops, explore in hands-on Paleo Stations, venture through unique exhibits and learn with a world renowned paleontologist! FOSSIL FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY!
Saturday, March 4 @ 9:00 am to Sunday, March 5 @ 5:00 pm

Enriching the Rockford community since 1942, the Burpee Museum of Natural History, 737 North Main Street, Rockford, Illinois, is proud to celebrate its 75th year with tours, activities, special events including a partnership with Word of Art 3, and an exhibit showcasing the treasure trove of artifacts, specimens, and memorabilia from the museum collection.

During the special Rediscover Burpee anniversary displays, visitors are invited to witness the development of the museum through time and to see what makes it a local treasure and unique among the country’s most respected natural history museums.

Regular features include displays on GeoScience, the First People, Window to Wilderness, and The Prep Lab. Most notable is the comprehensive dinosaur display which includes Jane, the world’s most complete and best preserved juvenile Tyrannosaurus Rex.

There are four floors of evolving, engaging, and exciting exhibits, classes, and clubs that the Burpee Museum offers the community. The Burpee Museum also has meeting and event spaces available, including the newly renovated River Walk Terrace.

It is the mission of Burpee Museum of Natural History to inspire all people to engage in a lifetime of discovery and learning about the natural world, through preservation and interpretation. They believe that the best communities are those that work together to be successful.

To learn more or plan a visit, go to www.burpee.org.

The Word of Art 3 reception, exhibition, and book release, sponsored by In Print Professional Writers Organization in partnership with Burpee Museum of Natural History, will be held on Friday, March 10, 2017, from 5 to 9 pm, at Burpee Museum.

In Print would like to thank the dedicated staff of employees, board members, and volunteers at Burpee.

When the arts collaborate, history is made.

Meet our WoA3 Word Judge, JOHN BRADLEY

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Word of Art has consistently brought together the complimentary expressive forms of word and art. In our third year of collaborations, we welcome author and teacher John Bradley as our Word Judge. John will read through the twenty-eight selected essay, prose, and poetry submissions and select three runners-up and one winner to be announced following the program at the Word of Art 3 Exhibition and Book Release Reception, Friday, March 10, 2017 at Burpee Museum of Natural History.

John Bradley is the author of Love-In-Idleness: The Poetry of Roberto Zingarello (Word Works), now in a second edition, Terrestrial Music (Curbstone), War on Words (BlazeVOX), You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know (CSU Poetry Center), Trancelumination (Lowbrow Press), and And Thereby Everything (Longhouse).

His poetry has appeared in the American Poetry Review, Caliban, Colorado Review, Diagram, Hotel Amerika, Ironwood, Lake Effect, Rolling Stone, and other journals.

His prose poems have been anthologized in No Boundaries, and his aphorisms in Short Flights.

He is the editor of Atomic Ghost: Poets Respond to the Nuclear Age (Coffeehouse Press), Learning to Glow: A Nuclear Reader (Univ. of Arizona Press), and Eating the Pure Light: Homage to Thomas McGrath (Backwaters Press).

He frequently reviews books of poetry for Rain Taxi.

John is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize in poetry and two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships in poetry.

He received an M.A. in English from Colorado State University and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Bowling Green State University.

He resides in DeKalb, IL and teaches at Northern Illinois University.

Word of Art 3 is honored to have John Bradley as our Word Judge.

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