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Opening Reception for the 2017 Merging Visions Exhibition May 21

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You are invited to the Opening Reception for the 2017 Merging Visions Exhibit, on Sunday, May 21, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the University of North Texas’ Lightwell Gallery, 1201 West Mulberry Street, Denton, TX 76201.  As an added feature during the reception, 15 of the poets will read one of their poems while an image of the art paired with their work is being shown. The public also is invited to cast a vote for which of the poets and artists created the best ‘pairing.’ A tally of the votes will determine which of the top 3 poets and artists will receive the “People’s Choice Award” for this year.

This exhibition is a joint effort from members of the Visual Arts Society of Texas (VAST) and the Denton Poets’ Assembly (DPA).  It is an exhibition of art paired with poetry. This is the ninth year for this collaborative art and poetry exhibition. This is the first year that the UNT College of Visual Arts and Design has joined as a co-sponsor and host of the event.

 This beautiful exhibit contains 44 works of art and 44 poems. Each piece of art is hung beside a poem with which it is paired. Either the artist or the poet initiated the process of ‘pairing’ their works. Various art media, such as paintings, drawings, imaginative fiber or textiles, prints, and photographs, comprise the works from 38 VAST artists. A wide range of poetry from 24 of the DPA poets completes the ‘pairings’ in the exhibit.

 To commemorate the works in the exhibit, VAST and the DPA have published a 100 page catalog, entitled “Collections,” in which all of the exhibited works are displayed. This year the Denton Benefit League granted funds to assist VAST in the catalog’s production. A limited number of catalogs will be available for purchase at the reception.

For the past 6 years, volunteers from VAST and DPA have accomplished the remarkable task of producing both an exhibit and its accompany color catalog. The catalog also underscores the basic theme of this endeavor, that collaboration and new perspective benefit everyone. Through it, the artist, the poet, and the viewer continue to share the ‘voice’ these two forms of art lend to each other.

The Denton Public Library and the Special Collections Department in the University of North Texas Libraries have archived single copies of each consecutive issue of the catalog.

After the reception, those wanting to see the Merging Visions Exhibit can visit the UNT Art Building, 1201 W. Mulberry, Denton, TX, from May 22 through June 27th, during Gallery hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 10:00pm; Saturday and Sunday, noon – 8:00 pm

Please join us in celebrating these written and visual arts.

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2016 Merging Visions Exhibition Opening Reception

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You are invited to attend the free Merging Visions Exhibition Opening Reception on April 15,. 2016 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at The Patterson – Appleton Arts Center, 400 E Hickory St, Denton TX 76201.

Merging Visions is an annual, collaborative exhibition produced by the Denton Poet’s Assembly and the Visual Arts Society of Texas. Since 2005, the two organizations have paired original poetry and art in a celebration of National Poetry Month in April. Poems and Art come together to express mood, sensibility, or subject matter. Both poetry and art benefit from the synchronistic paring of each other.

The public is invited to a free opening reception April 15, 5:30 – 7:30 PM. Attendees can meet poets and artists and see special presentations in art, poetry, and music. Poets will also read some of their poems at the reception. There will be plenty of food, fun, music and prizes. Attendees can also vote for The People’s Choice Award at the reception.

The exhibit runs from April 15 to June 15, 2016 in the Meadows Gallery at the Patterson – Appleton Arts Center. Regular hours after the reception are 11am – 5pm, Tuesday through Friday, and 1 to 5 pm, Saturday and Sunday.

The Visual Arts Society of Texas (VAST), organized in 1975, is based in Denton, Texas, and functions as a non-profit, professional organization dedicated to supporting artists and visual arts in all mediums.
Visual Arts Society of Texas website: http://www.vastarts.org

Denton Poets’ Assembly, (DPA) a chapter of the Poetry Society of Texas and the National Federation of State Poetry Societies, was founded in 2005. Their vision statement: to provide a safe place in which to share, read, and learn more about poetry as a supportive and creative community.
Denton Poet’s Assembly http://dentonpoetsassembly.weebly.com

Merging Visions is on display through June 15, 2016

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