“Write A Painting, Paint A Poem” Group Show in Grubbs Gallery

Rita Edelman, Oriole Farb Feshbach, and Carl Sesar will exhibit, “Write a Painting, Paint a Poem,” a group show at the Grubbs Gallery in the Reed Campus Center at The Williston Northampton School from November 4 to December 17, 2010. An artists’ reception will be held on November 7, from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.

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Rita Edelman, Oriole Farb Feshbach, and Carl Sesar independently explore the relationships between painting and poetry. Rita Edelman uses poetry and the calligraphic geometry of ancient symbols in developing her paintings; Oriole Farb Feshbach is inspired by poetry to capture the visual panoply on array in our natural world; and Carl Sesar paints poetry with typewriter ribbon and rubber stamps.

The series of paintings by Rita Edelman relates to the writing of Naguib Mahfouz who won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1988. Edelman’s paintings have been exhibited in many museums, galleries, and universities throughout the country including the Barbara Krakow Gallery, The Butler Institute of American Art, and The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art. Reviews and essays about her work have appeared in Art News and Arts Magazine.

Oriole Farb Feshbach’s series of paintings, “The Auroras of Autumn” are responses to phrases and ideas about natural phenomena. “I research science, biography, history and mythology around a subject to reinforce and inform visual decisions based on poets’ words,” says Feshbach. Using watercolor, pastels, or oil paint, she captures nature in explosions of lush color. Feshbach taught at UMass and Amherst College and has been on the editorial board of The Massachusetts Review in art and photography since 1975. Her most recent solo shows have been at the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum in Springfield, MA and at the R. Michelson Gallery.

Carl Sesar is the author of HEY, a book of short poems he printed by hand under the imprimatur of the One Shot Press, which, with its two stamp pads, red and black, and 102 rubber stamps, could be the smallest press in the world. Other works are printed with a manual typewriter, or put on slides and screened as “slide books” for an audience to enjoy, silently sitting together, reading in the dark. Sesar is also translator of the ancient Roman lyric poet Gaius Valerius Catullus, the T’ang dynasty Chinese poet-painter Wang Wei, and the modern Japanese tanka poet Ishikawa Takuboku.

The exhibit is free and open to the public and takes place in the Grubbs Gallery of the Reed Campus Center at The Williston Northampton School. For more information see www.williston.com/grubbsgallery.