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August 6th, 2014

A Unique Arts Collaboration: The Visual and the Written

Works by Artists John Neiman will be on display at the Library District and Barrett Art Center in Poughkeepsie.

POUGHKEEPSIE - In a dynamic neighborhood collaboration, the Library District and Barrett Art Center partner to bring John Nieman’s visual and literary work to Poughkeepsie. Barrett Art Center, literally up the street from Adriance Memorial Library, hosts an exhibit of Nieman’s art August 1 – August 30, with an opening reception on Friday, August 1, from 6 – 8 pm. Adriance highlights Nieman’s writing with two programs.

Tag! The Play of Visual and Written Art

On Saturday, August 9, from 3 – 5 pm, Adriance Memorial Library hosts John Nieman for an introductory presentation about his art, his writing, and the interplay between the two. "The art always comes first for me," says artist and author John Nieman about his visual art and short stories. "Sometimes I don’t write until years after I create the art, but it’s different for each work." Following the presentation at the library, Nieman will walk with participants up Noxon Street to the Barrett Art Center. Here, patrons will have an opportunity to view John’s works and gather inspiration for their own writing for next week’s reading, if they choose to participate.

You’re It! The Play of Visual and Written Art, Part 2

The collaboration continues on Saturday, August 16, from 3 – 5 pm. John Nieman welcomes participants back to the Barrett Art Center to read aloud their poems, essays or short stories (word limited) inspired by a photo or work of art. Family and friends are welcome for this read-aloud event. Light refreshments offered.

John Nieman enjoys creating pieces that connect with pop culture and provide some interplay with words and contemporary music. Consequently, he often intertwines those forces into paintings that have been exhibited internationally. After a successful career in the advertising business, John decided over a decade ago to devote himself to the visual arts. He has published and recorded many short stories inspired by his own art. The exhibit at the Barrett Art Center will include both visual art, short stories, poems and QR codes that help visitors access recorded stories on their smart phone devices.

Barrett Art Center is located at 55 Noxon Street in Poughkeepsie. For more information, or to register, please see or call 845-485-3445 X 3702.

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