Poetry is important . . . it continues to stand the test of time maintaining its relevance. The poet, Walt Whitman, continues to offer us a portrait of ourselves within the words of Song of Myself. “Whitman embraced an art of fragments that encouraged him to ‘cut and paste’ his lines into ever-evolving forms based on what he called ‘spinal ideas.'” It is this method that relates to our current everyday collaging of interests and opinions on social media such as Facebook. Walt Whitman created portraits of our collective self–slices of life, farmers, sailors, dock workers, soldiers, etc. It is with this in mind that we are inspired to create our own art and have invited others to do the same.
In this exhibit, it isn’t necessarily a self portrait, rather a portrait of our lives today. Portrait means a collaboration–whether in objective landscapes, figurative work or non-objective abstractions. It is the synthesis of these creative parts that create the whole. Entries are all media, based on the show’s theme: “I Collage Myself: Contemporary Portraits of Ourselves and Our Experiences–A Tribute to Walt Whitman.
October 4, 2-7pm: All Media Exhibit Opening Reception
October 4-30: Exhibition continues
Gallery hours: May-Oct. 11am-7pm daily; Nov.-Apr. 11am-5pm Mon.-Fri.
Cross Village is situated on the shores of Lake Michigan, north of Harbor Springs on Historic M-119.