Thursday, Jan. 31, 2008

Mixed media show to debut

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The Frederick Arts Council will host a mixed-media exhibit, ‘‘Ekphrasis” (poetry about art)” from Feb. 2-27 at the Cultural Arts Center, 15 W. Patrick St., Frederick. The exhibit opens with a reception from 5-7 p.m. Saturday at the center.

As the title indicates, the theme has to do with one artistic medium describing another. In this case, various writers agreed to create poems inspired by the work of Frederick artist Karen Peacock, who purposely refrained from telling them the titles. The resulting poems had little to do with what had been on the artist’s mind. This made for an interesting experiment — and some great poetry

Anything is fair game for Peacock’s work: scraps of wrapping paper, discarded clothes, broken toys, etc. She once even used pages from an old book covered in black mold.

Peacock earned a degree in Studio Art at the University of Maryland. Today she enjoys her work as a graphic designer and illustrator when she isn’t working on her own art. In 2001, she received a Masters in Publication Design from the University of Baltimore.

Peacock has lived in downtown Frederick for three years and is continually inspired by its art and artists.

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