When I left work on Friday I was greeted by a picture perfect spring afternoon. The clouds were large and surreal in the blight blue sky - against the backdrop of the the downtown skyline they looked as though they were from a Norman Rockwell painting.
I met up with other family members and headed to the Crossroads Arts District for First Friday. For those outside the metropolitan area, in Kansas City on First Friday people sort of caravan through the various different gallery showings throughout the area.
While I would love to have spent the night checking out other places as well, I was glued to the Apex Art Space where abstract artist Jennifer Rivera had 37 pieces of art that were created in response to various poems chosen by her to work with. Two poems I had written were among those that were used to prompt her work.
The crowd was especially pulled into to Jennifer's work. At almost any moment and any direction you could find multiple groupings of onlookers engaged in conversation over the canvasses and poems before them. Jennifer reports that over 1200 people came through the Gallery and I have no doubt. The stream of traffic was constant.
I'm very indebted to the many of my own friends and family who came to see the work and spending time chatting with each was important to me. I do plan to make a more leisurely look at the exhibit soon as I want to give each the same kind of attention I would normally afford a new poem I am reading.
The two that were connected to my own poems both indulged my mind in ways that was particularly drawn to. The smaller of the two was titled titled Anchored and the texture and tone created a very earthy atmosphere that was easy to get lost in. A central portion of the picture almost had a hologram feel to it. In the larger painting I was drawn to the feeling of dissonance that seemed to emulate from it. I like this because in spite of a very peaceful aspect of the poem, there really is an unresolved aspect of it and I feel this captured within this painting.
There were many pictures I really loved from their visual appeal but like I said, I really want to walk through and take in each one with the poems as well.
To the left - Dangling which was painted in response to my poem Dangling Thoughts.
Below - Anchored - in response to my poem titled Dream - Part Two. Jennifer and I below right.
I hope to get some better shots to post, but these are what I have for now.
Oh, and least I forget - great music by Karim Memi & Beau Bledsoe!