Folk Art Inspirations: Engaging with the Visual Arts through Writing with Gayle Brandeis

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Gayle Brandeis © Courtesy of Riverside Art Museum
Folk Art Inspirations: Engaging with the Visual Arts through Writing with Gayle Brandeis

3425 Mission Inn Avenue
Riverside, CA 92501
September 16th, 2012 12:30 PM - 3:30 PM

inland empire
Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Sunday, 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
workshop, screening, presentation


Have you ever wondered where inspiration comes from? Sometimes it comes in the form of someone else's artistic creation, taking on new life as one work of art gives birth to another.

Inspired by the folk art of Martin Sanchez, the artist behind the wacky creations found at Riverside's one and only Tio's Tacos, workshop participants will be encouraged to engage their senses and imagination to create their own unique written works of art.

No experience necessary, only a willingness to explore the expressive power of words. Led by Inlandia's Literary Laureate and Writer-in-Residence at RAM, award-winning author Gayle Brandeis (My Life with the Lincolns, Delta Girls).

Following the workshop, Brandeis will present her KCET essay, "Tio's Tacos: Riversides Folk Art Wonderland". This essay was a People's Choice and was selected to be turned into a brief documentary film, which will also be screened.

This event is in concert with RAM's " You Are Breathing In It!" installation. Participation in either segment of this event is free and open to the public.

Gayle Brandeis is currently serving a two-year term as Inlandia's Literary Laureate. She is the author of Fruitflesh: Seeds of Inspiration for Women Who Write, Dictionary Poems, The Book of Dead Birds, which won Barbara Kingsolver's Bellwether Prize for Fiction in Support of a Literature of Social Change, Self Storage, Delta Girls, and her first novel for young readers, My Life with the Lincolns. She is on the national staff of CODEPINK: Women for Peace and is a founder member of the Women Creating Peace Collective. She has lived in the Inland Empire since 1986 and is an Associate Fiction Editor of Inlandia: A Literary Journey. She teaches writing at Antioch University, and is mom to two adult children and one toddler.

Workshop: 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Break: 2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Essay Presentation & Film Screening: 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.