“Words Matter” artist Sheri Bancroft
If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a word must be worth a thousand pictures. Or a thousand musical notes. Or a thousand dance moves.
On Thursday, November 12th, artists in genres ranging from visual arts to culinary arts will collaborate with writers to bring the written word to life through various mediums for the third annual “Words Matter” art show at Crosstown Arts (430 N. Cleveland).
Thirty creatives divided into six groups, and each group was given a few words by a local writer. The artists then worked together to transform those words into other art forms that combine visual arts, music, dance, performance, film, jewelry, and culinary design. The artists were given no rules on how they should go about creating art from the written word.
The opening night reception runs 6 to 10 p.m., and for the second year, the show will benefit Literacy Mid-South. Food and drink will be provided.
The artists featured in this year’s show include Ryan Poe, Chris Cardona, Jeanne Seagle, Jimmy Crosthwait, Kim Brown, Erin Kenny Walter, Davy Ray Bennett, Elle Perry, Heather Trussell, Jayme Stokes, Phillip Ashley Rix, Ziggy Mack, J. Hunt, Ashley Roach-Frieman, Katie McWeeney, Siphne Sylve, Brandon Eso Tolson, Demarcus Bowser, Patrick Parks, Sheri Bancroft, Charlotte Davis, Gloria Baxter, Erin D.H. Williams, Kate Crowder, Tiffany Hall McClung, Rafael Ferreras, C'beyohn Sharp, Melissa Anderson Sweazy, Laura Jean, Lesley Young, Bryan Rollins, Kong Wee Pang, Juju Bushman, and Camilla Curran.
“Words Matter” got its start in 2013 when 20 artists in four groups worked together to create pieces displayed at Marshall Arts Gallery.