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"The Sixth Annual Poetography Collaboration": August-October, 2014 Exhibit

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March 31st - May 15, 2014

Our Thirteenth Annual
Poet Artist Collaboration

Reception, Reading and Slideshow:
Saturday, May 10, 6:30pm

From the 2013 Collaboration:

Li Bai at the South Fork
Pastel by Mike Schad


Li Bai at the South Fork
by Justin Watkins

A bright glass late summer moon
Rocks push the water up toward the light
The dragon-jawed spotted trout lays silent
In the sliding sheet below the riffle
I hold a length of cane over the water
Trailing a silk line and a feathered fly
It spreads a small v-wake in the current
Offering a connection between our worlds
In a sudden fury, the fish explodes at me
Hanging a deep bass note in the falling dark
As fireflies begin to rise at streamside
Like lanterns above villages of grass



Crossings’ 13th Annual Poet-Artist Collaboration exhibit is on display now through May 15, celebrating a pairing of the two art forms that allows poetry to inspire visual art of all kinds. Fifty poets and visual artists took part in this years’ exhibit, which can be seen free of charge during regular business hours. A reception, poetry reading and slideshow takes place Sat., May 10, at 6:30 p.m. both at the gallery and next door at the State Theatre.

Some 110 poets and artists participated in this year’s event by entering up to three poems each, or submitting artistic work samples. Jurors winnowed nearly 210 poems down to just 26. Other jurors selected 26 artists from those who entered. For this exhibit, each selected artist chooses one selected poem from which to create an artwork. Poems and the work they inspired are displayed together.

Steven Vogel of Rochester wrote the poem, “Three AM Spider,” which reads in part:

The three AM spider sits low on the boards,
            hugs the near crack like a sulcus
                        on your mind.

The two AM spider walks the ceilings,
            all options intact. Whatever
                        winds come will go. …

“Spiders: You like ’em or you don’t. I don’t,” Vogel said. “One sweltered Kansas night long ago, I sat down beside a wolf spider that outran my best and disappeared into unreachable space. Some things in life are not as one could wish.”

Cathy White of Hagar City, Wis., painted and drew an image made sufficiently creepy with animal skull, then added a thread spider web to the framed piece.

“It’s the feeling of late at night when you can’t sleep and your thoughts wander about and go to those deep and sometimes secret places that can either be disturbing or an epiphany,” she said.

The 50 participating poets and artists come from around Minnesota, including three from Zumbrota and others from Rochester, Minneapolis, Faribault, Wabasha and elsewhere; two are from Iowa and one each from North Dakota and Wisconsin.

The exhibit can be viewed during regular open hours, at no charge. Crossings is open MTWF 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursdays 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Participants by city (all in Minnesota except as noted):

Zumbrota: Nick Sinclair, Sarah K Nygaard, Wendy Westlake.

Rochester: C. Anthony Huber, Greg Wimmer, Gwen Lomberk, Ivete Castro Martinez, Jeanne Licari, Jeff Bell, Jody Brown, Justin Watkins, Kit Rohrbach, Raul Urrutia, Steven Vogel, Toni Stevens, Tony Pucci.

Red Wing: Dan Wiemer, Marta Biittner

Minneapolis: Alison Morse, Holly Grimsrud, Kim Gordon, Linda Back McKay.

Austin: Rich Campbell

Avon: Larry Schug

Bloomington: Chet Corey

Dodge Center: Gary Eddy

Faribault: Audrey Kletscher Helbling, Larry Gavin

Goodhue: Connie Ludwig

Hampton: Aimee Radman

Kasson: Ingvild Herfindahl

Lake City: Kate Halverson

Mazeppa: Coleen Johnston

New Brighton: James C. Henderson

Oronoco: Maggie Sutton, Susan Waughtal

Pine Island: Greg Finnegan

Plymouth: Franklin Knoll

Sauk Rapids: Char Hopela

Shorewood: Becky Liestman

St. Cloud: Sandy Bot-Miller, Micki Blenkush

St. Paul: Cary Waterman, Karen Trudeau

St. Charles: Lisa Becker

Wabasha: Nicole Borg

Cedar Falls, Iowa : Joanna Thompson Yezek

Osage, Iowa: Lori Biwer-Stewart

West Fargo, North Dakota: Travis Moore

Hagar City, Wisconsin:  Cathy P. White


May 16 - June 30, 2014

Ann Tristani

Laura Weimert

Artists' reception: Friday, May 23, 6-8pm


Crossings is organizing an August-October 2014 exhibit
Poetography XI

  • Photographers: Friday, June 13, 5pm, 2014. Art delivery: Saturday, August 16, 4pm
  • Poets: Friday, August 1, 5pm

Is your picture is worth thoughtful words? Can a photograph awaken your poetry muse? Crossings is looking for photographs that evoke poetry, and poets to write the poems, for its sixth Poetography exhibit August 18 to October 4, 2014. This juried exhibition will feature original photographs paired with poems they inspire.

Guidelines for Photographers
Photographers of all skill levels are encouraged to submit photos – those that speak volumes about life, love, loss, or little moments that encapsulate the human experience. The stories the photos tell, the questions they raise or the wonder they express are more important than technical perfection. We encourage playful, quirky, layered and hands-on images. Whether during your normal day you snapped a quick picture that unintentionally became strange and compelling, or as a professional photographer you selected your subject and manipulated the photo to become something more, we want to see your work.

Photographs may be color or black and white. Both film and digital photographs are acceptable. Some manipulation of the image is acceptable but images must remain in the genre photography. All works must be the original works of the photographer and must be for sale.

  • The entry process consists of two steps:
    1) Complete a hard copy entry form, including a check or money order for $15 (jury fee per person, not per photograph).
    Download the entry form here!
    Entry forms should be mailed to or dropped off at Crossings, 320 East Avenue, Zumbrota, MN, 55992. Deadline for submissions is June 13, 2014 at 5 p.m.
    2) Please submit no more than three (3) photographs as high-resolution, digital files via email to: publicity@crossingsatcarnegie.com.
  • Include the photo titles and final (framed) print sizes on your entry form (Please note if width exceeds 33”).
  • Photographs will be juried. Those selected will be posted on Crossings’ web page to be viewed by the poets, and published in a full-color chapbook.
  • Selected photographs must be framed and ready to hang or display and delivered to Crossings by Saturday, August 16 at 4 p.m.
  • Selected photographs must be for sale with a 35% commission fee.

Guidelines for Poets

  • Each poem must be typed, on an 8½-inch by 11-inch sheet of paper. Each poem is to be limited to no more than two pages of 12 point Times New Roman, single-spaced. (You may use other fonts/layouts but they cannot be longer than they would be if typed in this manner.)
  • The juried photographs will be posted online on Friday, June 20th (link will be provided at that time).
  • Each poem must correspond to a specific photograph in this collaboration. Please indicate the photograph number on the same page as the poem. Do not list your name on the front of your poetry submission; please place it on the back of the poem.
  • Complete an entry form and include a $5 jury fee per person (not per poem).
    Download the entry form here!
  • Submit up to five poems.
  • Deadline for poetry entries is Friday, August 1 at 5 p.m.
  • Mail or drop off entries at Crossings, 320 East Ave, Zumbrota, MN 55992. Call Crossings with questions at 507-732-7616, or email us at publicity@crossingsatcarnegie.com.
  • Poems will be juried, and those whose poems are chosen for the exhibition will be notified of acceptance by Sunday, August 10. Digital copies of selected poems (sent by email) must arrive by Tuesday, August 12 at 5 p.m.

Poet/Photographer Reception
The selected photographs and poems will be displayed side-by-side for the sixth annual Poetography exhibit. All chosen photographers and poets are encouraged to attend the artist/poet reception and reading at Crossings on Saturday, October 4 at 6:30 p.m. At this special event, photographers, poets and admirers mingle and view the exhibit at Crossings. Then, we’ll move next door to the State Theatre for a slideshow of the photographs and poetry reading. It is not only an opportunity for the poets and photographers to meet each other, but a special evening of camaraderie for all those who love the arts.


Interested in exhibiting at Crossings?

Are you an artist seeking a venue for selling your works? We may be the right place for you. Whether you are an emerging artist or a long-established professional, we welcome your inquiry. You may email us with at least five images of your work, along with an artist bio or statement, and a website address if you have one. Or you may contact us to set up another means to submit pieces for our jury to consider.

Crossings always welcomes new art and artists to our space. We most frequently showcase the talents of regional artists, but we have exhibited works by artists from around the Country and even overseas.

We display and sell paintings, pastels, prints, glasswork, beadwork, felted and fabric pieces, fiber art, ceramics, metalwork, woodcraft, sculptures and more. Our gallery and gift shop are an eclectic mix of whimsical meets magical, poignant meets sassy.

There are several points of entry into our gallery space. Crossings sponsors several themed group exhibits during the year, with entry fees ranging from $5 to $15. Every Spring and Fall, art fairs take place with entry fees averaging $35. During the balance of the year, two artists share gallery space in a month-long exhibit.

The entry fee to show in an exhibit is $200, which helps cover the cost of promotional efforts. For the exhibit, 2,500 postcards are printed and distributed; artists receive a portion for personal promotion. The artist must agree to be present for a reception on an agreed-upon date. A typical show remains on display for thirty days.

Artists can expect to receive extensive exposure during their exhibit. Hundreds of people from all walks of life visit Crossings every week as they shop during the day or attend a class, concert, or other public event. Our mailing lists exceed 4,500 individuals, households, and regional businesses. Extensive efforts to publicize the artist result in media coverage of all types.

Artwork for sale should be appropriately prepared for display – for example, paintings should be framed and ready to hang, prints should be shrink-wrapped with foam core – and priced to include our standard commission.

We prefer work be delivered by the artist, rather than shipped, when possible. Return shipping costs must be assumed by the artist. All artists who have exhibited at Crossings are invited to maintain a rotating selection of their work at the conclusion of their exhibit. As seasons, exhibits and space demands change, we may need to rotate or return your unsold items. Your work is insured during the time it is on display at Crossings.

All works must be original. No imports, commercial or manufactured items, or items created from kits or copied from published patterns will be accepted.

For more information, please contact Marie Marvin at (507)732-7616 or send an e-mail to info@crossingsatcarnegie.com.


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