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Father and son exhibit started as book of poetry and photos

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This November, fans of both visual and literary arts welcome a unique exhibition to the Bay Area. University of Houston-Clear Lake’s Art Gallery will present photography by Van Edwards with poetry by his son Joshua Edwards.

Titled “Campeche,” the name of pirate Jean Lafitte’s colony on Galveston Island, the exhibition will be on display Nov. 14 through Jan. 13, 2012.

First conceived as a book of poetry and photographs and published by Noemi Press earlier this year, Van Edwards and Joshua Edwards describe “Campeche” as a meditation on life by the sea, natural forces and the future.

It is also a dialog between a father and a son, and an ode to disappearance.

“I’m absolutely thrilled about ‘Campeche’ at UH-Clear Lake. The gallery allows the project to take on a new life beyond the limits of the book, adding a sense of time, space and scale that really opens up its collaborative aspect,” says Joshua Edwards. “To have my poems displayed with my father’s incredible photographs, so near to where I grew up, is an astonishing opportunit.”

“We tell stories and sing songs to give meaning to our lives,” explains Van Edwards, who has also served as an adjunct faculty member at the university. “With a camera, I chose light and shadows in time and space to improvise – like a jazz musician – on the song of life. The less there is of me, the more there is of this enchanted world.”

Admission is free, and complimentary parking is available. For more information, call the gallery, 281-283-3376, or visit



by Jeffrey Bowen



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