Studio & is opening a pop-up show on Friday night with a little live music.
“And Let Sounds Contribute Toward Me: An Evening of Texture and Sound Inspired by the Poems of Walt Whitman” will kick off with a reception from 5 to 9 p.m. at the gallery, 1027 Main Ave.
At the reception, check out live music from Minnesota soprano Janet Grove and her accompanist Teri Larson, also from Minnesota. They’ll perform twice during the evening, at 6 and 8.
The featured textile artists are: Anita Jain, Laurie Jacobi, Leena Mela Reiker, Chiaki O’Brien, Patty Sano Downs, Karen Gubitz, Mary Alice Hearn and Minna Jain. It’s curated by Common Strands International Fiber Art Exchange of Minneapolis, and highlights the work of artists and composers as well as Grove, all of whom have created pieces of art in response to Walt Whitman’s “Leaves of Grass.”
Along with the live music element, there will be pieces on display that are meant to be touched and handled. Additionally, Studio & will provide translations of their accompanying Walt Whitman poems in Braille, making this event accessible to people with low-vision and blindness.
While you’re there, you can also make your own piece of poetry and textile art under the direction of Common Strands’ artistic director and educator, Anita Jain.
Because it’s a pop-up show, the exhibit will close Sunday. Studio & is the first stop on an international tour for the show.