Friday, December 12, 2014

Whispers in the Galleries~ A Special Book Giveaway

In keeping with the theme of the upcoming winter/spring Art & Soul issue, we are excited to present an interactive book giveaway for this collection of mainly ekphrastic poetry by Lee Marc Stein. "The goal was to offer readers new ways of looking at some of the world's greatest paintings, works whose artists include Rembrandt, Velazquez, Caravaggio, Vermeer, Renoir, Gauguin, Matisse, Goya, Dali and Wyeth. The poems often provide historical and/or psychological insight into their creation."

The poetry of Whispers in the Galleries gives active voice, thought, movement and sound to many of the still images that have captured our imaginations over the centuries. Art speaks to us in a myriad of individual ways and Stein shares what he's heard and discovered, attempting to discern the subjects' truth.

For this giveaway, which kicks off our Art & Soul season, we want you to think of a piece of visual art that has profoundly spoken to you. Comment below and tells us what piece of art you've seen that sticks out in your mind and include why. We will randomly select our giveaway winner from amongst the early comments by Jan. 4th. Be sure to give detail about how the work of art you mention affected you—what feelings/thoughts it triggered, what inspiration it gave. We encourage discussion; we want to know about the voice you discovered in the frame...

Whispers in the Galleries is now available through Amazon and Barnes & Noble websites:
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  1. I always found Christina's World (Andrew Wyeth) very inspiring since I live on the prairie way new themes ..far far from Little House on the in trouble on the prairie..perhaps.

    1. Thank you for your comment, Ellie. It's interesting to know your perspective as you've lived on the prairie and feel that the painting shows another aspect of life in that environment, tells a different story. I agree that Christina's World is a captivating piece and was struck by the poem interpreting it in this poetry collection. Thank you for entering the giveaway! Results will be determined after Dec. 31st. Happy Holidays!

  2. Vermeer's a view of delft is one of my favorite paintings. The clouds, the water, the people, painted with such precision. It captures a single moment, yet eternally appears in motion.

  3. I love the surreal paintings of Vladimir Kush. Each one is an amazing world of imagination, a skillfully executed juxtaposition of the animate and inanimate in clever, whimsical, wonderful ways. It's hard to pick one as my favorite, because I love them all, but one that especially speaks to my heart is Born From the Sea (see it at vladimirkush dot com / born-from-the-sea). I would love to be that little child cocooned in a shell, lying on the warm sand as the sea sings her lullaby.