The art studio where my son takes art classes, Egg in Nest Studio, always celebrates National Poetry Month with an art exhibition and live poetry reading/performance event that celebrates the intersection between words and arts. The students write poems, create art pieces based on those poems, exhibit their art in the Halle Cultural Arts Center in downtown Apex, then read their poems to an audience, appearing onstage with professionals in various art forms who also discuss and display their talents. It is always a creative and inspiring event, and brings greater depth and understanding to the students' art studies.
This year, my son had two pieces in the show.
I really liked both of the them, especially because they were a departure from his typical techniques and demonstrated some of the ways that his wonderful teacher, Miss Jenny, is encouraging him to grow and stretch as an artist. On the other hand, they also contain elements of his inimitable style.
This was his first piece, which was based on the poem he wrote that was entitled, "The Saga of the Sproing-Boing," where he was experimenting with the sounds of invented vocabulary:
The second one had a two word poem written into the picture. The poem is "Extinction Distinction"... or maybe "Distinction Extinction"--he never would tell me.
Of course, my photos don't do the artwork justice. If you are in the vecinity of downtown Apex before the exhibit closes on May 5, go check them out in person at the Halle Cultural Arts Center (at the intersection of 10-10/Center Street and Salem Street).
Here is the artist showing the pictures to his father:
This past Sunday was the live event called ForWord. There, each participating got to read his or her poem with comments and encouragement from Miss Jenny:
But the student readings were interspersed with live performances and commentary on the connection between words and other art forms by a local music group, Jack the Radio:
a local grafitti artist, Blake Burnette:
poet and NC State writing professor, Chris Tonell:
and dancer Marie Garlock:
All in all, it's quite a big event, which Miss Jenny and her hard-working assistant, Miss Amanda, put on AT NO CHARGE for the benefit of the students--just one of the perks of taking class at Egg in Nest Studio:
Of course, the greatest perk of taking classes there is that each week the kids get to work with Miss Jenny, who is not only a wonderful and creative artist in her own right, but an intuitive and inspiring teacher who loves all her students--just like they love her (although some demonstrate it more than others):
What more could you want from the person teaching your children?