It’s the end of April and coincidentally, the end of National Poetry Month. This Saturday at the closing reception for s Shared Views: Local Scenes show, a poet from Pasadena joins artists from Mount Washington, Highland Park, and South Pasadena to celebrate NELA neighborhoods.
You’ll want to join them. Here’s why.
No matter what medium they use, artists help us look at old things in new ways. And what better time than spring to get a fresh view of the familiar?
Shared Views: Local Scenes
You may already have seen Shared Views: Local Scenes, which has been up at Fremont Gallery for the past month. Curated by glass artist and Mount Washington resident Julie Nagesh, the show features renderings of local vistas by several Mount Washington artists including Diane Behrens, Ann Dudrow, Connie Rohman, Kevin Spitze and Richard Willson. Other participating local artists include Carlos Chavez-Andonegui, who co-owns Fremont Gallery with his wife Lida Chavez, as well as Laurie Hendricks and Jose L. De Juan who are part of the revolving Mount Washington Plein Air Painters.
You’ve seen the . You’ll drive around a corner and there they are: a sprawl of painters perched on the side of the road with their backs to the asphalt and their eyes on the beyond. They’re often painting the same vista or a section of the same vista or the vista from a different angle
It’s always slightly mind-warping to see the finished paintings grouped together. Even if the artists were sitting side by side, the way each one of them colors outside the lines is striking. The original subject hovers, ghost-like, underneath the artist’s perspective.
Mount Washington fiber artist Connie Rohman goes one step further in her new work, which is based on topographical maps of Mount Washington and Highland Park. Lines are a constant in Rohman’s work; a past series contained lines that the eye initially perceived as design elements and only, after careful study, revealed themselves as hidden words. “Hidden, yet accessible” is how Rohman describes her approach.
In Rohman’s new work, surface distractions have been stripped away to show the bare bones of Mount Washington’s swells and canyons. Stars mark Mount Washington Elementary, the Self Realization Fellowship, and a couple of Rohman’s favorite spots on the Hill.
Poet Bart Edelman and The Geographer's Wife
Similarly, poet Bart Edelman strips down language to its essence.
Just as the painters help us get a new perspective on our neighborhoods, Edelman helps guests get a new perspective on the artists’ work. Several of Edelman’s poems share subjects with the Shared Views art work, including one about .
Edelman’s sixth book of poetry, The Geographer’s Wife, has just been published by Red Hen Press. A Professor at Glendale College where he teaches Creative Writing and poetry classes as well as English and other subjects, Edelman also edits Eclipse, A Literary Journal. His work has been published in multiple anthologies, magazines, literary journals, and newspapers.
Last year, Rohman attended a Red Hen Press event, which featured eight to ten poets and which was moderated by Edelman at the Ruskin Art Club. “It was impressive the way he pulled all those poets together,” remembers Rohman.
Just imagine what Edelman can accomplish since he only has to wrangle the art work.
Poet Bart Edelman at closing reception for Shared Views: Local Scenes - Saturday, April 28th, 6-9pm, Fremont Gallery, 812 Fremont at Mission, South Pasadena.