The Art League Gallery Presents Line by Line: Artists Interpret Poetry

By Editorial Team on March 15, 2021

Mon, 08 March 2021 - Sat, 03 April 2021

Symbiosis by Rashad Muhammed; mixed media.
Artist Talk: Thursday, March 18 at 6pm
On view through April 3


Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks. ~ Plutarch

This month The Art League Gallery celebrates art and poetry with Line by Line: Artists Interpret Poetry, a themed exhibition opening Wednesday, March 8, and on view through April 3. The exhibit features 97 artworks in a variety of mediums, from painting and photography to sculpture and ceramics. D.C.-based painter and muralist Jordann Wine served as the show’s juror. Join The Art League Thursday, March 18 at 6:00 p.m. eastern time for an artist talk where the show’s award winners will be in conversation; register here.

Haven Ashley, The Art League Gallery’s assistant director, and resident poetry lover, came up with the theme, for which League artists were invited to submit work that is inspired by, or responding to, poetry.

“They had to interpret what poetry means to them, and the variety of their chosen material ranged from prose, song lyrics, scripture, nursery rhymes, and famous quotes, to traditional and contemporary poetry.” Says Ashley. “Some artists even paired their work with original writing of their own.”

“Poetry,” says Ashley, “demonstrates the boundless nature of the written word. It is both the oyster and the knife that cuts it open, searching for a pearl. Line by Line is a visual art exhibit, but we hope that viewers will find added depth from the particular, the lovely, or the wild words that resonated with the artists.”