"Poetry and Art together, performing a Duet"
The Collaborative Works
by Poet Suzanne Bruce and Artist Janet Manalo
Voices Beyond the Canvas
"Enter into this wild garden of a book through the gate left open. Meander along the paths of creative birth and blossoming as these two artists, painter and poet, explore and personalize the time-honored tradition of ekphrastic art. Pick it up often to share in their eclectic expressions of joy, intellect and openness to life."
Suzanne Bruce and Janet Manalo have collaborated to create this book, honoring the ancient form of ekphrasis. Their innovative approach to poetry inspired by art is an ongoing process. In addition to this publication, the women exhibit their combined works in libraries and other public venues, reviving awareness to ekphrastic expressions. The 90-paged book features their poetry and art, includes a brief history of ekphrasis, as well as a guide to poetry forms and art mediums used throughout the book.
Sutter West Medical Clinic, Davis, CA
Art Passages-Mixology, Martinez, CA
Poetry in the Park-Fairfield, CA
ArtisTree: Artists Celebrate Trees
Art, poetry and music became the inspirational elements for creativity during this interactive event held on Saturday, February 9th in the Lakeview Suites at the Fairfield Community Center in Fairfield, California.
Comments made that evening:
"This is a wonderful event...it is a fresh way to exhibit art and poetry together." Lenice
"I didn't know what to expect, but I love what you all have done. The atmosphere is so comfortable." Lena
"I've never seen anything like this in Fairfield;when are you going to do this type of event again?" Teresa
Comments later via email:
"What a wonderful evening-thank you both for your amazing creativity and your generosity in sharing it with the community and sharing the stage with so many other talented people. The bright underbelly of Solano County." Pam
The event was well attended, with people ranging in ages from 10 to 70. Poets were inspired to write spontaneously, young poets were encouraged to share their poetry, artists and musicians sought out new opportunities to work together, new ekphrastic experiences arose, and new poets discovered their voices for the first time.
Another event, in the future, with more artists and poets and musicians is being contemplated. If you have questions, please contact either Suzanne or Janet.
Summer Wind Gallery
Sacramento Book Collectors
Saturday in the Park
California State Fair
Solano County Library Foundation
Bruce & Manalo were recipients of two Cultural Arts Award Grants
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