A Collaboration between
Writers and Visual Artists
on the Northern California Mendocino Coast
About Our Collaboration:
The Artists Co-op of Mendocino has collaborated with the Writers of the Mendocino Coast annually since 2012. The title Ekphrasis is a Greek word meaning “art describing other art.” The participants are twenty pairs of writers and visual artists. For ten of them, visual artists responded to writings; for the other ten, writers responded to visual art. The participants were paired randomly and anonymously with identities and titles of works withheld until the exhibitions in October.
About this Virtual Exhibition:
The exhibition content is distributed across several pages. There are 3 or 4 writer-artist pairs in each of 6 sets. Ten pairs, in Sets 1-3, feature the Artist Initiators and Writer Responders. The remaining ten pairs, in Sets 4-6, feature the Writer Initiators and Artist Responders. Click on the Set Links in any order. This exhibition is extensive, and it is challenging to take it all at once. Return often. The Virtual Exhibition is open 24/7. Look more; you'll like it more.
VISUAL ARTIST INITIATORS and their WRITER RESPONDERS
A. SARAH WAGNER, Tube Worm, photograph. Response by author SUSAN FISHER: Serpula colombiana
B. PAT SCOTT, On the Road Again, sculpture. Response: Tortoising by poet MOLLY BEE.
C. BOB RHOADES, Good Sports. Collage. Response, Driven, by author LES CIZEK.
D. STEVE GARNER, Conjuring Dragons, watercolor. In response: Remedy by SHIRIN YIM LEOS.
E. KAREN REYNOLDS, Mother and Child, photograph. Response, House Hunting by SUE GIBSON.
F. SEV ICKES, Waiting, acrylic. Response by PRISCILLA COMEN: The Story of a Farm.
G. SHARON GARNER, Night Bridge in Venice. Response DOUG FORTIER: Dopo la Peste.
H. KAREN FENLEY, Out There, abstract painting. Response by windflower: I Am from the Ocean.
I. LAURA CORBEN, Splash!, oil painting. In response: HOLLY TANNEN's song lyrics Cabin Fever.
J. MARY T. ANDERSON: Bird of Pray, etching. Response by KARIN UPHOFF: Big Red.
WRITER INITIATORS and their VISUAL ARTIST RESPONDERS
K. ELIZABETH VRENIOS, Backwords. Response by CLAIRE FORTIER: Backwards.
L. NORMA WATKINS, The Child and the Crow. Response by DEBRA BECK LENNOX Raven Angel
M. NATY OSA, Six Feet Over or Six Feet Under, Response: LYNNE WHITING: Struggle Ends When Gratitude Begins
N. GINNY RORBY: On My Way West. Response by KATHY CARL: Field after Wyeth.
O. LESLIE WAHLQUIST, Libation. Response by JOSEPH DUVIVIER: Yang
P. DONALD SHEPHARD, Slublock-Two-Scolds. Response by ROBERT YELLAND: Man of the Earth.
Q. EARLENE GLEISNER, Forests and Families. LYNNE ZICKERMAN OLSON's Bridging Trees is the response.
R. KAREN LEWIS, Intertidal Zone. LARRY WAGNER's High Tide, Nourished by Shell Song is the response.
S. NONA SMITH, Portrait of a Lady. Response by MARY-ELLEN CAMPBELL: Remembering as a tunnel book.
T. NOTTY BUMBO, Where Poets Meet at the Oddest Hours. SHANTI BENOIT's A Perfect Moment is the response.
AFTERWORD: Special Ekphrasis Events, Key links, Brief History, Logistics Calendar, Insights on Virtual Exhibitions, Acknowledgements, CONTACT FORM FOR COMMENTS AND QUESTIONS.