The annual SALA art exhibition is happening once again in the picturesque river town of Mannum, but this time with a dual focus. This year, artists have partnered with local writers in a display of 'eckphrasis' or eckphrastic writing.
If you are not familiar with the term, eckphrasis involves using works of art as inspiration to write. The idea is not necessarily to describe the piece, but for the writers to put their own interpretation on what they see.
One of the better known examples of this form of writing is, 'Ode on a Grecian Urn' written back in 1819 by poet John Keats. A more recent example is the well-loved song 'Starry, Starry Night,' by Don McLean who used works by Vincent van Gough as inspiration for the lyrics.
Artists /lyn Wood, Sandy Kuehne, Pam Grey and Steve Oatway
Around seventy people attended the official launch of the event on Friday, August 4th and were treated to a visual feast of artwork by nineteen local artists in a wide variety of mediums from paintings and drawings to sculptures, quilting and digital art.
Members of the Mannum Writers Collective and the Adelaide Plains Chapter & Verse writing group had plenty of inspirational pieces to choose from. They have produced a collection of poetry, prose and free verse ranging from lyrical and light-hearted to sometimes deep and emotional - often confronting, but always entertaining. Their poems are displayed alongside the artworks.
Art and words on show at the SALA event in Mannum
The Mannum Writers Collective consists of local writers at various stages of their writing journey, from absolute beginners to experienced, published authors. They meet twice a month to talk about all things writing and to challenge themselves to develop their skills in a number of writing styles.
The group are planning a local writing event to be held in late 2018 or early 2019, inspired by the annual Adelaide Plains Festival of Words.
The SALA exhibition will run for the month of August at the Arnold Gallery which is situated in the Mannum Museum/Visitor Information Centre complex in Mannum's main street. Why not plan a weekend visit and spend some time taking in the river life as well as the museum and gallery? And who knows? You might just be inspired to write some poetry yourself.