Artists and writers have collaborated to produce "Double Take: Art and Literature Side by Side," which opened this month at the Bankhead Theater Gallery. The exhibit blends the works of Tri-Valley artists, poets and writers, providing an experience to inspire multiple senses.
"The artwork on display will sing to the heart, evoke a flair for the dramatic, wax lyric, and offer a rhythmic cadence," visual arts manager Anne Giancola commented.
Livermore poet laureate Cynthia Patton worked with Livermore Arts on the exhibit, which has a poem or short verse framed and on display next to the art that it inspired. Or, in some cases, the artwork was inspired by a poem created for the artist.
Called an ekphrastic event, the poems on display are vivid descriptions of a work of art. Through the imaginative act of narrating and reflecting on the "action" of a painting or drawing, the poet may amplify and expand its meaning.
Some of the art has a phrase or poem embedded, while a few of the pieces are close collaborations between artist and poet, reflecting a personal as well as an artistic relationship.
The exhibit closes March 27. A closing reception, free and open to the public, will take place from 1-3:30 p.m. March 19.
The Bankhead Theater Gallery is located in the lobby of the Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St., Livermore. It is open from 1-5 p.m. Thursdays to Sundays plus available to patrons during performances.
For information about other events at the Bankhead Theater, visit www.LivermoreArts.org.