Saturday, May 9, 2020

Artists and Poets Respond to the Pandemic (6)

My selections today from the online exhibition "Artists and Poets Respond to the Pandemic" are artist Marcus Parsons and poet Judith Sornberger. The words "Community" and "Connection" are associated with both the artwork and the poem.

Bumped up against and overlapping one another, /
[. . . .]
[. . .] When they reposition, I can count six /
through my binoculars. [. . .]
~ from "Abide with Me, March 2020"

Marcus Parsons, "Faces"
Archival Print of Digital Painting
 7" x 10"

faces, bodies, hands
as never before


Marcus Parsons, a digital artist, paints and draws on an iPad using a stylus (and sometimes his fingers). In addition to exhibiting in juried gallery shows, Marcus displays his work online at his Website, in his newsletter, and on social media. He prints his own work.

The founder in 1989 of Parsons Audio, one of the nation's leading professional audio suppliers, he sold the company in 2010. Marcus lives in Newton, Massachusetts.

Judith Sornberger is a poet, memoirist, and essayist. The author of five chapbooks, Judith has published three poetry collections — I Call to You from Time (Wipf & Stock, 2019), Practicing the World (CavanKerry, 2018),  and Open Heart (Calyx Books) — and the prose memoir The Accidental Pilgrim: Finding God and His Mother in Tuscany (Shanti Arts Press, 2015). 

Judith is professor emerita of Mansfield University of Pennsylvania, where she founded the Women's Studies Program and taught English literature and writing. She lives on the side of a mountain outside Wellsboro, Pa., among bobcats, bears, and deer.

St. Michael's Episcopal Church (Arlington, Va.), which supports the arts ministry I lead, is hosting the complete multi-part online exhibition. On the church's new Instagram page, you'll find images of the artwork, which is added to daily. Websites and other information about artists and poets can be found at "Artists' Biographical Information" and "Poets' Biographical Information," respectively; the information is provided as part of the exhibition.

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