Life in Art, directed by LBCC’s Student Poet Laureate Dari Lawrie, brings together eight trios of local elders, writers, and photographers to create an exhibit on display at Linn-Benton Community College Benton Center through June 12.
During April, writers and photographers spent three afternoons listening to the life stories of local elders and taking photographs. The collaborative work resulted in two creative portraits, one written and one visual, of each elder.
The elders and artists will be honored at the Life in Art Reception and Presentation on Friday, May 29, at 2 p.m. at the LBCC Benton Center, 757 Polk Ave, Corvallis. The event is free and open to the public.
Life in Art furthers LBCC’s mission to promote meaningful, diverse, and resonant relationships within our community, showing how the arts, particularly poetry, have the power to penetrate to the heart of a matter to unwrap understanding and weave new connections.
Participants come from both Linn and Benton counties including Monroe, Philomath, Albany and Corvallis. Elders featured are Larry Maynard, Lois Meessen, Helen Quale, Don Rea, Vera Harding, Betty Stoddard, Dick Weinman and Robert Blickensderfer.
Writers are Tyler Bamber, Dani Tellvik, Denzel Barrie, Nethaniel Edwards, Kim Gardner, Ricky Sariol, Dari Lawrie and Gwen Hill. Photographers are Spike Keenan, Marjorie Kinch, Jeannette Knower, Vicky Hollenbeck, John Ritchie, Bill Laing, Joshua Mouatt and Phil Coleman.
Project mentors are LBCC Benton Center Director Jeff Davis, LBCC English faculty member Robin Havenick, and retired LBCC English faculty member Jane White.
For more information, contact Robin Havenick at 541-917-4157.