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Art exhibit to open at Golden Gecko, Nave Museum

By JR Ortega
Dec. 18, 2013 at 6:18 a.m.

Katy Anderson is one of several artists who will be at the Art Spoken Here event at the Golden Gecko and Nave Museum.

Sometimes, words speak louder than actions; that's how Kim Raley Pickens sees things.

The Art Spoken Here group exhibit, which is a collaboration of visual art, spoken word - like poetry - and music will enlighten the senses at the Golden Gecko and Nave Museum beginning Thursday.

The exhibit has an opening reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Nave, 306 W. Commercial St. The exhibit runs at the Nave from Dec. 20 to 22 and Dec. 26 to 29. The event also has an event Saturday night at the Golden Gecko, 202 E. Forrest St.

"It's definitely something that hasn't happened here," said Pickens, who is co-curating the exhibit with Amy Leissner.

People can expect to see some art from artists in the Crossroads as well as metropolitan cities, like Houston and Austin.

While going from art piece to art piece, people can hear soul music from area bands, and they may even hear spoken word from poets.

Swing & Flow, an open mic night at Golden Gecko, has really picked up, Pickens said. Art Spoken Here will attempt to take that to the next level, she said.

"It's just a combination of all different art forms and trying to form an appreciation for that," she said.

Pickens is glad people finally have a venue to perform spoken word, and now, with this bigger exhibit, it's great to see the community opening up to its residents' creative side

"It's definitely a positive thing," she said. "The 'word' is spreading exponentially."



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