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Members of the Visual Arts Society of Texas (VAST) and the Denton Poets’ Assembly (DPA) will present an exhibition of art paired with poetry in the Lightwell Gallery in the University of North Texas Art Building, May 22nd through June 27th. This is the ninth year for this collaborative art and poetry exhibit entitled Merging Visions. It is the first year the UNT College of Visual Arts and Design has joined as a co-sponsor and host of the event.

This beautiful exhibit contains 44 works of art and 44 poems. Each piece of art is hung beside a poem with which it is paired. Either the artist or the poet initiated the process of ‘pairing’ their works. Various art media, such as paintings, drawings, imaginative fiber or textiles, prints, and photographs, comprise the works from 38 VAST artists. A wide range of poetry from 24 of the DPA poets completes the ‘pairings’ in the exhibit.

The public is invited to the closing reception the Merging Visions Exhibit, Sunday, June 25th, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the UNT Lightwell Gallery. As an added feature during the reception, 15 of the poets will read one of their poems while an image of the art paired with their work is being shown. The public also is invited to cast a vote for which of the poets and artists created the best ‘pairing.’ A tally of the votes will determine which of the top 3 poets and artists will receive the “People’s Choice Award” for this year.

To commemorate the works in the exhibit, VAST and the DPA have published a 100 page catalog, entitled “Collections,” in which all of the exhibited works are displayed. This year the Denton Benefit League granted funds to assist VAST in the catalog’s production. A limited number of catalogs will be available for purchase at the reception.

For the past 6 years, volunteers from VAST and DPA have accomplished the remarkable task of producing both an exhibit and its accompany color catalog. The catalog also underscores the basic theme of this endeavor, that collaboration and new perspective benefit everyone. Through it, the artist, the poet, and the viewer continue to share the ‘voice’ these two forms of art lend to each other.

The Denton Public Library and the Special Collections Department in the University of North Texas Libraries have archived single copies of each consecutive issue of the catalog.

After the reception, those wanting to see the Merging Visions Exhibit can visit the UNT Art Building, 1201 W. Mulberry, Denton, TX, from May 22 through June 27th, during Gallery hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 10:00pm; Saturday and Sunday, noon – 8:00 pm

Please join us in celebrating these written and visual arts.

Additional information for the event:
UNT Art Building’s ENTRANCE: There should be a directional sign near the entrance to the Mulberry Street side of the UNT Art Building. Just look past the construction fence at the corner of Mulberry and Welch. If you’ve parked your car in Lot 55, please pay $2.00 for parking once you are inside the building.

RECEPTION: If you are a participant, please pick up your lanyard-style name tag at the registration table as you enter. Poets have green ribbons. Artists have red ribbons. Also located at that table will be the place to pay for all cars parking in Lot 55 and the distribution and sale of the remaining Collections catalogs. There are only a few extra catalogs left this year that are available for sale.

PROGRAM: The program will start at 3:00 p.m. upstairs in Rm 223. Images of art will be shown while 15 of the poets read their poems paired with the art. An elevator is available for those who wish to use it.

People’s Choice Award: Be sure to vote for which artist and poet best paired their works. The 2017 People’s Choice Awards for the 3 poets and artists receiving the most votes will be announced at the end of the program.

PARKING: UNT Parking Office has designated Lot 55 at the corner of Mulberry St. and Welch St. to be the parking lot for the Merging Visions Reception. Welch runs parallel on the east side of the Art Building’s new construction. * Pick up your parking permit from the UNT parking lot monitor and put it on your dash. He will be at the entrance to the lot on the Mulberry St. side. “Once your guests park they can park for the extent of the day. If they need to leave for any reason and return to Lot 55 they may do so as long as they have their permit visibly displayed in the windshield.” —Parking Office

If you are choosing not to park in Lot 55, know that though streets surrounding lot 55 are city streets, but UNT has permit enforced parking on the streets. . .even at parking meters. I have seen them ticketing cars on Hickory St. whose time on parking meters has expired.

We hope all of you can join us on Sunday. Over the years, it has been a wonderful opportunity for members from both organization to meet and share in the joy of creating such a beautiful exhibit. Guitarist, Jesse Washmon will be providing the music in the gallery.

Becca Hines, Merging Visions Committee

*If you are searching for where Lot 55 is located, you can Google it on the north east edge of the campus.

FYI: Oak and Hickory Streets parallel Mulberry. Oak is one way street coming west from the Square. Hickory Street runs one way towards the Square but near UNT, it runs along the north edge of the campus. Mulberry runs east to west–south of Hickory.. If you are coming from an area close to the Square, locate Mulberry St. two block south of Hickory Street. (which is on the Denton downtown Square. You can also locate Mulberry from Carroll Blvd. near the historical park where the Victorian Bayless-Selby house is located. Mulberry will run along the side of Lot 55.. Welch Street crosses all 3 streets (north south)and is next to the UNT Art Building’s new construction.