John Helfrich

Literature becomes visual art in the ‘Literally’ exhibit

The Arts Council challenged artists to create a piece inspired by a literary work from a predesigned list of books and poems.

The result was inspiring.

Fifty-eight artists submitted work in the exhibition. Paintings, prints, film photography, ceramics and all styles of mixed media were incorporated into the show. You can check out the full list of books artists could choose from here.

Sam and Adam Morris, owners of Your Brother’s Bookstore, juried the exhibit and chose three works for cash awards.

  1. “Venomous Kerosene” (mixed media) by Elizabeth Isaac. $451. Book: “Farenheit 451”
  2. “Frankenstein” (oil on canvas) by John Helfrich. Not for sale. Book: “Frankenstein”
  3. “VILLAIN(S)” (acrylic on canvas) by Lauren Adcock. $600. Book: “Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead”

“Literally” is available to view in-person at the gallery 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday until May 25. The next exhibit at the Bower-Suhrheinrich Foundation Gallery is “Art in The City,” the Arts Council’s members-only show.

If you are interested in purchasing the pieces below, or have any questions, please contact Gallery Director Andrea Adams.