Friday, January 22, 2016

"That's What Eye Saw" opens successfully

As far as I'm concerned, last night's opening of "That's What Eye Saw" at the Hallberg Center for the Arts was a resounding success. I believe the Better Half agrees and got the impression from the 75 to 100 or so who attended that they concur. Almost two dozen local photographers are exhibiting around 100 photographs. Four poets provided spoken word performances during the evening. Several folks kindly took time to tell me they enjoyed the photos I had entered and asked where I had had them printed on canvas. (I owe the Daughter Person for that lead.) A writer who's conducting an upcoming class for 7th through 9th graders has requested a copy of the unpublished poem I read for use in that class. The Better Half's photos of San Francisco scenes, including some I haven't seen on our home walls for some time, looked good surrounded by Minnesota settings. The eclecticism of the display worked better than I would have anticipated. Here's some iPhone camera coverage of the setting, the audience and the exhibit.

"free-standing" walls provide display space
"free-standing" walls provide display space
Photo by J. Harrington

photographs hung in the alcove
photographs hung in the alcove
Photo by J. Harrington

no "starving artists" here
no "starving artists" here
Photo by J. Harrington

bios of artists and poets help provide context
bios of artists and poets help provide context
Photo by J. Harrington
I'm enjoying more and more meeting and working with the members of our local creative community. Although I did find it a little strange to be in front of an audience and not rely on a PowerPoint presentation, I could easily come to enjoy it.

Family Album

By Diane Thiel

I like old photographs of relatives   
in black and white, their faces set like stone.   
They knew this was serious business.   
My favorite album is the one that's filled   
with people none of us can even name.   

I find the recent ones more difficult.   
I wonder, now, if anyone remembers   
how fiercely I refused even to stand   
beside him for this picture — how I shrank   
back from his hand and found the other side.   

Forever now, for future family,   
we will be framed like this, although no one   
will wonder at the way we are arranged.   
No one will ever wonder, since we'll be   
forever smiling there — our mouths all teeth.


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