A Celebration of Literature and Art Inc. has selected the images for an exhibit at the Writers and Readers Symposium slated for Feb. 21 at Hemingbough in St. Francisville.
Photographers were asked to submit photographs that connect with a work of literature.
Darlene Reaves, organizer for the exhibit, said photographers were to use their talent for photography, imagination and creativity to make a connection between literature and art.
The following artists’ work will be displayed at the symposium: Niki Chisolm, Rene Maggio, Darlene Reaves, Helena Reynolds, Robert Reynolds, Charles Stutts and Peter Verbois.
Because Reaves is organizing the exhibit, her photographs will not be included in the top three photographs of the audience choice competition.
The top three photographers whose images are selected will receive an autographed book of their choice from one of the authors featured at the symposium — Moira Crone, Ava Leavell Haymon, Abigail Padgett and Richard Sexton.
“St. Francisville has become a mecca for creative souls — artists, musicians, designers, authors relishing its peaceful atmosphere and stimulating environs, and the slow cold month of February is enlivened by a well-established gathering that draws interested readers and writers from a wide area,” said author and St. Francisville native Anne Butler. “Its name has evolved into Celebration of Literature and Art to reflect a new diversity, but for nearly a decade, this daylong symposium has given writers of all stripes a chance to speak about their creative processes and mingle with enthusiastic fans.”
The symposium will feature writing workshops for students and professionals, a juried exhibit of literature-related photography, and monthly readings and musical activities leading up to the main event Feb. 21.
“Last year we had to quit selling tickets and turn people away. Our seating is quite limited as we wish to maintain an intimacy between the audience and the authors at this event,” Olivia Pass, event chairwoman, said.
“As of Jan. 1, we have sold about half of the available tickets, so I encourage those interested in attending to get tickets now to guarantee a place for themselves and save some money.”
Seating for the symposium is limited to 225.
Tickets, if purchased in January, are $40 each and include lunch — gumbo and jambalaya or vegetarian plate.