“Rivers, Birds and Sky,” a collaborative exhibit of Nancy Losacker’s mosaics and Norma Wilson’s poems will be on display at Mount Marty College’s Bede Art Gallery in Marion Auditorium, beginning Sept. 30, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. through 4:30 p.m.
Five years ago, the artist and poet met on a bank of the Missouri River to plan their first collaboration. Losacker and Wilson say that from that point, “the river, native birds, sky, butterflies, landscape, history of southeastern South Dakota and each other’s work” have inspired them. While they are “saddened by the growing threats to their paradise,” through their collaboration, they have grown more aware of the “beauty of the living river and the ongoing cycle of life.” They enjoy juxtaposing their visual art and poetic expressions, feeling that they “speak together more powerfully than they would alone.”
Four of their collaborations have been in P3 (Painters, Poets and Pavilion) exhibitions at Washington Pavilion’s Visual Arts Center in Sioux Falls. They have also exhibited at Washington Street Arts Center in Vermillion. Bede Gallery’s show of eight paired works was made possible by a Collaboration grant Losacker and Wilson received this year from the South Dakota Arts Council.
The exhibit closes Nov. 22 with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. That afternoon Wilson and Losacker will present a poetry reading and gallery talk at 3 p.m. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.