Mix students and adults of all ages, add poetry and photography, and you've got the makings of the photo exhibit and poetry reading: "Generations: From Eighteen to Eighty."
The reception for the exhibit takes place Friday night at Walt Whitman Birthplace Gathering House and Interpretive Center. The exhibit will be on view through May 8.
Six poets selected photos by six photographers that were meaningful to them and wrote poems based on those images. The poems will be on view next to the photos, says Faith Lieberman, executive director of non-profit organization Teenspeak Inc., which produced the event.
"Poetry, through fresh and original language, seeks to elicit the familiar emotion. It is the natural partner of photography, which seeks to capture the commonplace or spectacular and present it in a new light," Lieberman says in a statement.
The show features professional emerging artists and "ordinary folks" who have spent their lives doing what they love without expecting to exhibit, Lieberman says.
Work includes the classical art of intaglio printmaking, 35-mm and digital photography by Alexander Rimalovski, George Wallace, Greg Fried, Lisa Hermanson, Daniel Wittenberg and Danni Cerezo.
Poets are Lieberman, Anna Di Bella, George Wallace, Matthew Spireng, Phil Asaph and Kat Heinlein.
"I think the show looks gorgeous and what viewers and myself have found is that 'more is more'," Lieberman says in an e-mail. "The diversity of the work due to age content, size and framing moves the eye while at a distance and then getting close only makes it better."
WHEN/WHERE: 7-9 p.m. Friday at Walt Whitman Birthplace Interpretive Center, 246 Old Walt Whitman Rd., Huntington Station.
INFO 631-549-8831 or Teenspeakpoetry@aol.com
Note: Photo shown is a photo detail of "Repose," a digital photo by Danni Cerezo, age 18, of Huntington High School, who will be featured in "Generations: From Eighteen to Eighty" at Walt Whitman Birthplace. Credit: Danni Cerezo