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When you read, what do you see? It is inevitable that our brains are busy cooking up images to fit what we’re reading, be it a book, a poem or even a verse. In order to get a visual of these images, Fringe presents its debut exhibition, I See What You Are Saying, on Friday night.

Fringe is an all-female art venue bringing together metro women who are talented in all art forms. Christie Hackler founded the gallery last year as a means of support. Women are pulled in so many different directions, from their careers to motherhood, that Hackler believed they could keep each other focused on art amid these events.

Rather than build a new area for their headquarters, the women of Fringe restored and renovated a building in Oklahoma City. “We’re so excited,” said Christie Owen, Fringe vice president. “We have gotten so much support and everyone has really embraced this concept.”

I See What You Are Saying is an interpretation of the written word to a visual production. The 16 represented artists each selected a piece of written work to use as inspiration for their creations. The show presents an array of media, including paintings, sculptures and ceramics.

The literary works were not limited in any way, giving artists freedom to choose whatever words attracted them. Artist Krystle Brewer created a ceramic and fiber piece motivated by a divorce document; Jeanne Ward brings a mixed-media piece inspired by the lyrics of Keith Urban’s “’Til Summer Comes Around”; and Suzanne Peck used the words of Oscar Wilde to motivate an oil and graphite piece.

“It’s a way for everyone to convey a visual sense of what they are imagining when reading written word,” said Owen.

The women of Fringe will bring home-cooked food to the art show’s opening. Owen said that they are often asked who catered their events.

Mia Cantu

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