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Words to Art: Waterfront Gallery presents poetry and art

Photos by regional photographers served as inspiration for area poets. The result is the Words to Art Exhibit at the Waterfront Galery in Two Harbors Photo by Christian Dalbec.

Starting this weekend, The Waterfront Gallery will host a multi media- event entitled "Words to Art." The opening reception is Saturday from 3-5 p.m., featuring a poetry reading from 3:30-4 p.m. The event uniquely focuses on poetry inspired by particular works of photography and will feature 22 pieces of each.

"It was conceived quite a few months ago. I had been talking with Diane Friebe," said Val Doherty, owner of the Waterfront Gallery. "I said, 'you know, it might be really fun to have poets write to photography.'"

"We started working on this six months ago," said Diane Friebe, a poet who is closely involved with the event. "It's been a long time coming."

The event will feature both Doherty's photography and Friebe's poetry as well. Doherty also said that she may decide to host the event annually.

"It could potentially become a yearly thing. I'm open to it," Doherty said. Currently, the Voyageur Artists' Annual Spring Exhibit, running from April to June, is the only annual event hosted by the Waterfront Gallery.

The poets whose work will be featured, include Sheila Packa, Deborah Cooper, Shelley Getten, Diane Friebe, Micky McGilligan, Gary Boelhower, Terry Miller, Robbie Tietge, Julie Gard, Mary McReynolds-Pellinen, Laurie Hill, Lisa Angelos and Ruth Schmidt-Baeumle. Friebe, Cooper, and McGilligan all spoke about the event, giving their thoughts about what is to come this Saturday.

"I have not had the pleasure of working with photographers before, and these images are stunning!" said Cooper, Duluth's poet laureate.

"It's a way to express my feelings that's creative and versatile. I thought it was a really interesting idea," Friebe added.

"Reading or writing poetry, especially from a good poet, gives me a kind of thrill. I'm really excited. I think a lot of people are going to turn out," said poet Micky McGilligan, who is also looking forward to the event.

The photographers featured are Jay Steinke, Val Doherty, Susan Dykstra, John Gregor, Travis Melin, Heidi Mae Niska, Brian Rauvola,Shawn Thompson and Christian Dalbec.

"I've been professional for two years and have always loved photography since being 8 years old or so," Dalbec said. "I've never done anything like this," he said, adding that he is "always excited to do another show."

Doherty explained that the show is a juried art show - meaning photographers submitted photographs that were reviewed by the poets.

"It is quite wonderful the way that creative energy sparks creative energy in others," Cooper said.

"I'm very excited about it," Doherty said. "It should be pretty amazing."