Sunday, February 05, 2012

"Stones with Poems" Art Exhibit

"Stones with Poems," 
Zinta's Art Exhibit at Transformations Spirituality Center
February 2012

Zinta Aistars is a bilingual writer and editor with three books published in the Latvian language. She is the founder and editor-in-chief of an online literary magazine called, The Smoking Poet. It is her father, Viestarts Aistars, she says, that is the painter in the family. Yet Zinta grew up around her father's paintings-watercolors, oils, portraits and landscapes-and considers the highest compliment she has received for her work in literature that she "paints with words."

And still, now and then, she finds herself with a paintbrush in hand rather than on a keyboard. For years, she brought stones home from her travels, mostly from the shores of Lake Superior and the Baltic Sea along the coastline of Latvia. The smooth surface of stones tumbled by the waves drew her interest, and she began painting stones-flora and fauna, animals and insects, even tiny landscapes.

Another form of her art combines her love for words with her love for visual art in broadsides. Broadsides are short pieces of writing, either poetry or prose, decorated with visual art.

"Poems with Stones" will be on exhibit at Transformations Spirituality Center art gallery for the month of February 2012. Transformations is at 3724 Gull Road, Kalamazoo, at the former Nazareth College, now property of the congregation of St. Joseph. Hours are Mondays to Fridays, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., and weekends, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Enter by ringing the bell at the main entrance of the Nazareth Center; you will be let in by one of the Sisters and shown to the gallery. 

Please sign the guestbook!

Gateway to Nazareth and Transformations Spirituality Center 

Main entrance to Nazareth, ring bell and a Sister will show you to the gallery

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