Authors present art and poetry collaboration

Zen poet Geri Wilimek and egg tempera painter Marley Kaul collaborated on a recent book combining art and poetry.

For Now

An exhibit of tempera paintings by Marley Kaul and a poetry reading by Geri Wilimek will open Thursday, July 15 in the Fellowship Hall Gallery at First Lutheran Church in Bemidji.

An opening reception for the show will be held that day from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

According to a press release, Kaul and Wilimek recently collaborated on a new book titled “For Now, Poems by Taiju Geri Wilimek and Paintings by Marley Kaul,” published in December 2019 by Mill Studio Press.

The presentation is the first exhibit and reading the two have been able to schedule since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

“For Now” reveals how a poet and a painter came to see contemplative practice as essential to creating art, the release states. Described as a reflection on mortality, the book won in the interior design category of the Midwest Book Awards announced on June 26. It was also one of three finalists in the National Indie Excellence Book Awards in the interior design category.


Wilimek, a Zen practitioner, and master painter Kaul previously collaborated on the 2018 book “We Sit,” and Kaul also authored the book “Letters to Isabella.”

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