PHOTOGRAPHER HEIDI MAE NISKA AND POET JULIE GARD COLLABORATE ON UNIQUE CROSS-DISCIPLINARY EXHIBIT AT LYRIC CENTER FOR THE ARTS IN VIRGINIA, MN
The exhibit Threads: A Photography and Prose Poetry Collaboration will run from July 5-28, 2018 at Lyric Center for the Arts, First Stage Gallery, 510 Chestnut St., Virginia, MN. The gallery is open on Thursday-Saturday from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. The opening reception will be on Saturday, July 7 from 6:00-8:00 pm, with a Q&A and poetry reading at 7:00 pm. Niska and Gard began their collaboration before they ever met, by means of a poetry and
photography exhibit at the Waterfront Gallery in Two Harbors in 2013. They decided to continue to work together and create more ekphrastic work inspired by each other’s photos and prose poems. The Threads exhibit is a culmination of this back-and-forth exchange and invites the audience to view the photographs, read and listen to the prose poems, and create and share their own writing and visual art. Photographs and poems are displayed traditionally, on paper, as well as on large pieces of hanging silk fabric.
Heidi Mae Niska is a photographer who identifies with the solitude and wilderness found in northeastern Minnesota and Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula. She earned an MS in Electrical Engineering from Michigan Technical University and subsequently studied art at Northern
Michigan University. Heidi Mae’s photographs have been exhibited in the Arrowhead Biennial Exhibition, Ely ArtWalk, Lyric Center for the Arts’ Open Water exhibit, Waterfront Gallery’s One Special Place exhibit and Words to Art, AutumnNE Member Show (Minneapolis), and the Northern
Lights Juried Art Exhibition (White Bear Lake), as well as a solo exhibit Contemplative Meandering in Lampang, Thailand. Heidi Mae was featured on WDSE’s The PlayList in 2015, and she organized and choreographed the Northeastern MN Creative Potluck in November 2016. She plays with pixels, daily, mostly in Minneapolis. www.heidimaeniska.com
Julie Gard’s prose poetry collections include Scrap: On Louise Nevelson (Ravenna Press) and Home Studies (New Rivers Press), which was a finalist for the 2016 Minnesota Book Award. Chapbooks include Obscura: The Daguerreotype Series (Finishing Line Press) and Russia in 17 Objects (Tiger’s Eye Press). Julie’s poems, stories, and essays have appeared in Gertrude, Fourth River, Clackamas Literary Review, Crab Orchard Review, Ekphrasis, and Blackbox Manifold, among other journals and anthologies. A former Fulbright Graduate Fellow in Vladivostok, Russia, she lives in Duluth and is Associate Professor of Writing at the University of Wisconsin-
Admission to this event is free and open to the public.