The Salem Art Association (SAA), in cooperation with the Mid-Valley Poetry Society (MVPS), is working with seven pairs/groups of poets and visual artists and musicians to create collaborative works in residencies at the SAA Annex and other locations, to share their process with the public during their residency, and to display the work created in a 2022 exhibition at the Annex.
When poetry and visual art truly merge, the poetry component and the visual component co-evolve. This collaborative residency program hopes to facilitate such co-evolution, as well as to share the process with our community.
Participating artists are Vicki Falcon Vasquez, Pedro Careagas, Roberto Oran, Ann Kresge, Eleanor Berry, James R. Merrill, Mark Jansen, Cynthia Herron, Marilyn Johnston, Ada Molinoff, Marilynn Maltz, Ann Altman, Jade Rosina McCutcheon, John Van Dreal, Chad Russell.
Projects include poetry and art mediums including printmaking, mosaic, oils, storyboarding, fabric and music, exploring concepts ranging from the water table, healing, unity and time. Virtual sharing will happen by each pair/group during 2021. Other tentacles of this project include/d YOU’RE A GENIUS ALL THE TIME: Poetry, Memories, and Short-short Stories from Your Inner Truth, a five week Winter zoom workshop with James R. Merrill as well as the upcoming workshop with Marilyn Johnston, on site Artist in Residencies, poetry/artwork created for sale, live performances and much more. Stay tuned.