Friday, April 18, 2014

Gallery 210: Saturday, 3 May 2014

Gallery 210 Presents Poetry of the Wild/St. Louis Fusion
April 18, 2014

Poetry of the Wild/ St Louis Fusion is a collaborative project created by Ana Flores; a Rhode Island based artist and visiting artist at Gallery 210. The project uses a unique presentation of "poetry boxes" combining art and poetry as a catalyst to explore our city and consider how spaces inform mindfulness. The voices and vision of the project come from local poets, artists and students who live here and take inspiration from their surroundings. The installations of the poetry boxes are scheduled to be completed by May 2, 2014 and remain in place through August 2, 2014.

Flores created the first Poetry of the Wild project in 2003 when she was an artist in residence for the Wood-Pawcatuck Watershed Association in Southern Rhode Island. Her mission was to use the arts as a way to foster public awareness and stewardship of the land and waterways protected by the Association. The successful template for that project which encouraged community engagement in the making of the boxes, response to site, and creating a walking trail has been repeated over the past decade throughout the East Coast in urban and rural areas.

The poetry boxes will be installed in the Central West End, Grand Center Art District, and on the University of Missouri-St. Louis campus. Poetry walks inaugurate each of the projects, with poets and artists present to read and talk about their collaborations.

The first walk for Poetry of the Wild/St Louis Fusion will be on May 2nd, 2014 beginning with a reception at Centro Modern Furnishings at 6 pm followed by the walk to boxes in the area at 6:45pm.

On May 3rd, 2014: A reception will be held for the boxes installed on the UMSL campus at 2:00pm at the Millennium Student Center, First Floor Patio. This will be followed by a poetry walk on campus to the various sites- both indoors and outside

The St Louis based poet/artist collaborators are as follows: Julia Gordon-Bramer GinaAlvarez, Jennifer Tapenden Ron Fondaw, Jane Birdsall-Lander Jane Birdsall Lander, Jennifer Fandel-Phil Robinson, Matt Freeman-Jennifer Goldring, Jennifer Tapenden-Emily Hemeyer, Kathy Miller- Melody Evans, Kim Lozano-Buzz Spector, Treasure Redmond Shields-Ana Flores, Marison Ramirez-Steve Dalay, Richard Newman-Joe Chesla, Jennifer Tapenden-Greg Edmondson and Mike Behel, Jennifer Goldring-Jennifer Goldring

For more information on the location of the boxes and walking trails visit: contact Gallery 210 at (314) 516-5976,  gallery@umsl.edu

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