Dates: 2017-04-05 - 2017-04-29
Bailey Contemporary Arts (BaCA) is proud to present “Visions & Verse,” an exhibition featuring both the artistic works of Mimi Botscheller and the poetry of local written artists. “Visions & Verse” is a collaboration between the visual and written arts, aimed to inspire emerging poets to view and explore the evolving narratives in Botscheller’s collage works. The exhibited collages are composed of several layers as a result of the artist’s creative process, and therefore evoke different stories and ideas for each viewer. Visitors are encouraged to submit original poems inspired by a specific work. Calvin “madeS.O.N.” Early, the poetry curator, will select the winning poems which will be presented at the showcase on April 29th. “To celebrate National Poetry Month, we are delighted to bring together the visual and the literary as we invite poets to interpret pieces and create a poem directly related to one of Mimi’s works,” said Grace Gdaniec, Exhibition Curator and Acting Director. “We are honored to have Mimi’s creations be the inspiration for the poets and to have Calvin “madeS.O.N. Early as our poetry curator.” Mimi Botsheller’s featured works in “Visions & Verse” explore her process of evolving narratives in the form of collage. While repurposing visual fragments of paper, photo, digital media and mixed media, new images are created in what she calls “visual accidents.” Her works have been featured in numerous gallery exhibition and museum competitions from Miami to Palm Beach. And her paintings, which combine Eastern and Western ideologies, with multiple points of view, have been shown nationally and internationally. “Viewers will find themselves taken on a unique journey with each piece,” said Gdaniec. “With inspiration from the art in the exhibition, we are seeking poetry submissions based upon a single work. These submissions will be reviewed by Calvin, and the winning poems will be read at the showcase on April 29th. The top three submissions will be awarded cash prizes.” Calvin “madeS.O.N.” Early is an internationally recognized speaker/spoken word artist with more than 10 years experience in youth development and community relations. In the fall of 2013, Calvin broke ground on his company iCHOOSEgreatness, whose mission is to motivate, inspire and ultimately push individuals to challenge their self-imposed limitations. Calvin has been interviewed by literary icon Maya Angelou on Oprah Winfrey Radio, been a guest on Lifetime TV’s “The Balancing Act,” and a featured speaker at colleges, universities and various youth serving agencies across the country and abroad.
April 5th – April 29th | Opening Reception: April 7th (During Old Town Untapped) 6-9PM. FREE.
Poetry Submission Deadline: April 21st
Poetry Showcase & Award Ceremony April 29th 5-7PM. FREE.
Poets of all levels are encouraged to explore the gallery and submit their poems by 4/21
Submissions should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Prizes: 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place will be decided by Poetry Curator (1st $100, 2nd $75, 3rd $50)
Contest participants must be available to attend the showcase on April 29th where poems will be performed/read, to be eligible to win. Guidelines