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New gallery exhibit combines the work of artists, poets

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A new exhibit opening Sept. 25 at the University of North Georgia (UNG) Roy C. Moore Art Gallery on the university's Gainesville Campus combines the work of artists and poets in an art form called broadsides.

Funded by the Forsyth County Art Alliance (FCAA), "No Small Measure: Collaborations between Artists & Poets" opens in the Roy C. Moore Art Gallery on UNG's Gainesville Campus at noon on Sept. 25, with poetry readings in the Ed Cabell Theater from Ezekiel Black, Karen Dodson, BJ Robinson, and Katherine Hinds. A reception in the lobby follows the readings.

UNG is commissioning 15 original broadside prints to be displayed in the exhibit. A broadside, also known as a printed poem, is a one page poem with letterpress printed text and may be enhanced with an illustration or design to compliment the poem. Next spring, the exhibit also will be featured at the Forsyth County Library in Cumming.

The $8,000 grant provides the opportunity for UNG students and members of the community to broaden their knowledge of art through partnerships between the university and other groups.

"I am thrilled that the Forsyth County Arts Alliance has chosen to support this project," said Beth Sale, UNG gallery director. "The funding will go toward visual artists working in the letterpress tradition. It will also bring more knowledge about the letterpress tradition to Forsyth County residents through a workshop and artist talk, in conjunction with an exhibit at the Cumming library."

Poet Amish Trivedi and artist Jamie Karolich worked together on a piece for the upcoming exhibit. Karolich talked with Cumming artist and gallery owner Margot Ecke about using a cross-stitch design for Trivedi's poem about Mary Todd Lincoln.

"The poem was a bit dark, and I wanted to pull the viewer in visually, while keeping the poem front and center," Karolich said. "I was initially drawn to the idea of a cross stitch theme for several reasons … I began incorporating the cross stitch look and feel into the piece, but wanted to keep it simple. Using the cross stitch as an approachable visual aid, I felt this would draw the viewer in to read the poem which would ultimately create an interesting juxtaposition between the poetry and the printed piece."

For more about UNG galleries, visit the website http://ung.edu/visual-arts/galleries/index.php.

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