I am exhibiting a piece of haiga– a haiku sequence illustrated with graphic art by Nicole Garcia– at City Hall in Highland Park, IL. The group show, featuring poets and artists, is sponsored by The Art Center of Highland Park. Selection of pieces was made by The Art Center and Highland Park Poetry.
I often do one-person shows of poetry combined with art–my own pieces or pieces of my poetry illustrated by visual artists that were gifted to me. I have been fortunate to belong to poetry/cultural organizations in the Chicago area that encourage collaboration between poets and visual artists. These organizations often hold activities where poets can meet visual artists and work jointly on projects.
Many years ago, when I had a radio poetry program on public broadcasting, I interviewed poets who collaborated with musicians to set their poetry to background music.
Poets and artists of all mediums should collaborate to enrich their pieces and gain knowledge of other art forms that they can start practicing.
Don’t take the attitude that you can’t learn other art forms, though you might not have excelled in them when you were in school. In adulthood, our abilities evolve with our expansion of experiences. For example, my abilities with photography have grown simply because of the increasing access I have to technology and smartphones where pictures are just at the click of a button, anywhere and anytime.
I have always believed that, yes, you make your own opportunities, so make a concerted effort to expand your skills in every aspect of life that is meaningful to you.
Make this a goal for 2019: discover more of your hidden talents!
Copyright 2018 by Charlotte Digregorio.