The Written Word Visual Art Exhibit

Freedom Song, a portrait of Maya Angelou by Artist Marsha Hatcher in Acrylic

The Main Library and The Art Center (TAC) and The Jacksonville Artists Guild present: The Written Word, featuring work from 26 local artists - each piece based on the artist's favorite piece of the written word whether a book, quote, poem, historic love letters or song lyrics. There are a total of 56 works in all, hanging in the Gallery at Main on the first floor. The exhibit runs June 1 - July 31 with an opening reception planned for Wednesday, June 7 from 6-8 p.m. (during Art Walk). Many participating artists will be available to discuss their visions and techniques with art lovers. All works are available for purchase. 

“If a picture is worth a thousand words, then is a word or even one letter worth a thousand pictures? Beauty, Truth, Dragon, Tattoo, Jazz, Ishmael, Good Evil, Secret, War, Garden, Invictus, Hope and Love were words deemed worthy of deep investigation through paint and thread, color, and form by the artists in this exhibit. Judging artwork is subjective, and choosing among the broad range of work presented by the artists submitting for this exhibition was very challenging. Technical mastery, metaphoric alignment with the cited literature, and an ability to tell a story all its own were guiding factors that informed my choices. Courage is a word I like to use to describe the act of making. It takes courage to create, and the artists represented here are no exception. Congratulations on bringing your expressions to fruition and allowing them to be seen, sensed, and heard.” - Sarah Crooks, juror

The Written Word Art Show poster

Thursday, June 1, 2023

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