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42 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, January 3 - January 9, 1997 Cape Region artist is featured in new collaboration of artists and poets By Rosanne Pack It took a little longer than the nine months required to produce a baby, but the little publication, "Image and Word: An Artists and Poets Collaboration" is a creation of love that has 54 proud parents. A presentation of the Council of Delaware Artists (CODA), the collaboration teamed 27 visual artists and 27 poets, most of them strangers to each other, and set them off to create work that sup- ported, coordinated with and re- flected the work of the other. A first-time project for CODA and the Delaware Division of the Arts, the book contains 54 poems and 54 pieces of visual art that in- eludes black and white reproduc- tions of oils, watercolots, pencil drawings, aerylies and mixed me- dia. One local artist, Betty DeBoer, participated in the collaboration; one of her two watercolors that is included in "Image and Word" is on display in Browseabout Books. The painting, "Crescendo" is hung along with a copy of the accompa- nying poem by the same name in the new coffee shop area of the Rehoboth Avenue bookshop. The book is on sale there for $15. A member of CODA for five years, DeBoer found the concept of the collaboration appealed to her when she first heard of it. She said the idea was first presented to the artists' organization a year ago, and a meeting with the poets' society followed. "Then, poets brought examples of their work and artists brought paintings and drawings," she said, "And we all walked around and looked at each other's work and decided 'I think I could work with this one.' We could see natural tealHs." Poet Dale Wideman paired up with DeBoer and the two began a collaboi'ation of several months. They mostly communicated by phone and mail since DeBoer lives in Lewes and Wideman in Bear. "We would get on the phone and talk things over. I would say, 'What do you think about this idea? She would read things to me as we made our decisions of what our final choices would be," De- Boer said. The artist's watercolor "Dream Flowers" came first, and Wide- man's poem by the same name followed. The soft-hued watercolor is complimented by the poetry of dream lovers who court within a fantasy of blossoms and music. "Then Dale sent me "Crescen- do;" and I had a struggle with that," DeBoer said. I did six paintings before I felt I had the right one." The final painting shows a Na- tive American Indian woman at two different stages of her life. The creased face of an elderly woman, strong and full of experi- ence and wisdom, looks back on a girl at one with nature in the sunlit valley of her youth. Wideman's poem provides a mirror image with the words: "Life was golden then, some- thing sought and found And now, the days are told. The smile, though tired, is soft still. And beauty comes full circle, fine and gentle." DeBoer said that the experience of the collaboration was wonder- ful from beginning to end. She said the process was exciting, and seeing the finished product was a thrill. An opening reception and poet- ry reading in October attracted ap- proximately 400 people who came out to meet the artists and poets, and to hear discussion of the pro- ject. Co-chairs were Alan W. Beldyk, a painter, and E. Jean Lanyon, who is a painter and the Poet Laureate of the State of Delaware. Each of the chairs have paint- ings in "Image and Word." A grant from the Delaware Di- vision of the Arts and one from Star Enterprises funded the col- laboration. Books are on sale in several lo- cations in Delaware, including Browseabout in Rehoboth Beach. DeBoer is a retired teacher and counselor who laughingly said that she worked so that she could buy supplies to paint. She and her husband moved permanently to the beach area re- cently. She said that she takes classes and workshops occasionally as she continues to learn; and she is always glad to share her work, in exhibit or as a donation to worthy causes. She looks at painting as a way to illustrate her love of life. RESTAURANT & BAR NEW AMERIC.AN CUISIN6 MONDAYS I/2 Price Pizza Er Pasta Happg Hour 4 - 7 p.m. Thursdag - Mondag Dinner from 6 p.m. 234 Rehoboth Avenue 226-1999 Rosanne Pack photo A painting by Lewes artist Betty DeBoer is on display in the new coffee shop area of Browseabout Books. Her work is in- eluded in the new publication "Image and Word: An Artists and Poets Collaboration." RESTAURANT & PUB Visit us at: http://www.lewes.eom ENTERTAINMENT FRIDAYS STARRY NITE PRODUCTIONS  karaoke & DJ SATURDAY, JAN. 4TH BLUES GUt, S" SUNDAYS 3-6 P.M. 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