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Mar 25 - May 4
Poet-Artist Collaboration

"January" by Diana DeMoraes 2018

Exploring Collaboration, the Annual Poet-Artist Collaboration Returns to Crossings

Crossings’ XVIII Annual Poet-Artist Collaboration exhibit, celebrating a pairing of two art forms, is on display March 25 through May 4. Read the poems and determine for yourself how the artists were inspired. Fifty poets and visual artists took part in this years’ exhibit which can be seen free of charge during regular business hours. A reception and poetry reading takes place Friday, April 26, at 6:30 p.m. both at the gallery and next door at the State Theatre.

Over 100 poets and artists participated in this year’s event by entering up to three poems each, or submitting artistic work samples. Jurors winnowed more than 200 poems down to just 26. Other jurors selected 26 artists from those who entered. For this exhibit, each artist chooses one poem from which to create an artwork. Poems and the work they inspired are displayed together.

The poems share many familiar life experiences, from living in Minnesota or the countryside or in warmer climates. Partings are painfully, lovingly shared, as are happy moments of the poets’ lives. The artists turned their vision of the poem given to them into works using a variety of mediums, including oil and watercolor, mixed media, weavings, encaustic and more.

Elizabeth Weir, of Wayzata, MN, wrote “A Thing Not to Be Missed,” set in Namaqualand, Namibia, which begins:

We hurry into the setting sun in search of Namaqualand’s brief promise
of a desert strewn with the hues of sudden daisies. Disappointment
thrums beneath our tires; a few snatches of color here and there.
We speed on, blind with haste, our habit to search and consume,
never enough time to know the world and live in its gift.

Inspired by a different poem, Alison Anne McClocklin of Rochester created “Wove.” About her process, she says:  After a quiet pause when I first read this gentle poem, my natural response was with playful curiosity—I said, "darn it!" and slid a lightbulb into one of my treasured, holey, handknit socks. Thus, a mama sock doll was born and a world of woven children in a colorful, patched together, mended up circle celebrating the joys of homespun motherhood, resourcefulness, and creativity. It was a joyful chance to explore the aesthetics of weaving, darning, patching, and craftiness, all with salvaged scraps of fiber, to honor the quiet, but beautifully rich, moment of life this poem expresses.



The fifty participating poets and artists come from around Minnesota and Wisconsin, including fifteen from Rochester, four from Minneapolis, and others from Zumbrota, Goodhue, Lanesboro, Cannon Falls, and the Twin Cities.

Participants by city (all in Minnesota except as noted):

Austin, Faith Snater

Bemidji, Jill Oakes

Byron, Sarah Hill

Byron, Kathleen Yennie

Deephaven, Mim Kagol

Dodge Center, Delta Eddy

Goodhue, Connie Ludwig

Hampton, Aimee Radman

Honolulu, HI, Char Hopela

Maple Lake, judith feenstra

Menomonie, WI, Carla Brown

Minneapolis, Morgan Grayce Willow

Minneapolis, Kim Gordon

Minneapolis, Patrick Cabello Hansel

Minneapolis, Steph Kunze

New Hope, Jennifer Hernandez

Oronoco, Susan Waughtal

Pine Island, Courtney Armstrong

Red Wing, Art Kenyon

Red Wing, Dan Wiemer

Red Wing, Daniel Dietrich

Rochester, Christina Meeusen

Rochester, Pamela Sinicrope

Rochester, Maureen Quinn

Rochester, Sharon Columbus

Rochester, Teri Joyce

Rochester, Odell Portz

Rochester, Penny Duffy

Rochester, Kit Rohrach

Rochester, Steven R. Vogel

Rochester, Jeanne Licari

Rochester, Carole Kinion Copeland

Rochester, Leisa Luis-Grill

Rochester, Missy Hagen

Rochester, Alison Anne McClocklin

Rochester, Stephen Sinicrope

Rollingstone, Scott Lowery

Saint Paul, Marsha Foss

Saint Paul, Michael Moore

Saint Paul Bernadine Lortis

St. Cloud, Sandy Bot-Miller

Wayzata, Elizabeth Weir

West Fargo, ND, Travis Moore

Winona, Ken McCullough

Winona, Nancy Kay

Winona, Marcia Ratliff

Winona, Julia Crozier

Zumbrota, Karen Flynn

Zumbrota, Sarah Kenyon Nygaard

Zumbrota, Virginia Cooper