WORD of mouth: Commemoration of National Poetry Month at Osborn Woods Gallery | TheUnion.com

WORD of mouth: Commemoration of National Poetry Month at Osborn Woods Gallery

"Mrs. Parker" by artist Miriam Morris will be one of many works on display in Osborn Woods' WORDS exhibit.
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In honor of National Poetry Month and in celebration of the written word—and to celebrate poetry in the visual arts—Osborn Woods Gallery at the Miners Foundry presents a word-filled and image-filled exhibit from April 5 through April 28, including sculpture, photography, painting, assemblage, pottery, jewelry and WORDS.

Osborn Woods Gallery opened in April 2016 with Juliette Morris Williams as curator and artist-in-residence, and became an artists’ collective with a handful of varied and accomplished local artists in December of 2017.

The gallery’s name pays tribute to the visionary artists and longtime Nevada City residents, David Osborn and Charles Woods, who purchased the old foundry and machine shop in 1974, named it the American Victorian Museum, and began its decades-long transformation into a lively venue for the performing arts. The museum also housed the fledgling community radio station, KVMR, in the space now occupied by Osborn Woods Gallery.

In 1990, the building became the Miners Foundry Cultural Center, under the auspices of the non-profit Nevada County Cultural Preservation Trust. The Foundry and the Osborn Woods Gallery continue to be testaments to Osborn and Woods’ creativity, foresightedness and generosity.

The gallery has been a regular stop on Nevada City’s First Friday Art Walks in the summer and on the October Studio Tour, with artists displaying and working on their art. Along with rotating themed exhibits, the gallery has become a gathering place for classes, salons and poetry readings.

Artists represented in the WORDS show include the artists’ collective members of Osborn Woods Gallery, as well as guest artists—Juliette Morris Williams, Stephanie Adams, Jennifer Rain Crosby, Gene Crowe, Judy Crowe, Julie Nelson Herringer, Vilina Hutter, Ron Kenedi, Duncan Linthicum, Jennifer Long, Al Martinez, Miriam Morris, Jennifer Rugge, Giulia Sbernini and Marie Wolfe.

The WORDS show will end with a closing party on Sunday, April 28, with live painting, refreshments, and music.

Gallery hours for April are Friday, 12 p.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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