HIGH WATERMARK SALO[O]N Volume 3, Number 3
Pramila Venkateswaran & Dolores Bentham
Created for an exhibit and performance at the High Watermark Salo[o]n, this collaboration features Draw Me Inmost created by poet Pramila Venkateswarn and artist Dolores Bentham. In a call and response exchange, each collaborator responded to works by the other. The result showcase the amazing range of subject matter and techniques by each woman.
Pramila Venkateswaran is the author of Thirtha (Yugnata Press, 2002) and Behind Dark Waters (Plain View Press, 2008). A finalist for the Allen Ginsberg Poetry Award, she has published in Paterson Literary Review, Ariel: A Review of International English Literature, Atlantic Review, Prairie Schooner, Kavya Bharati, Long Island Quarterly, Calyx: Journal of Art and Literature by Women, Nassau Review, and other print and electronic journals. Recent anthologies, A Chorus for Peace, en(compass) Long Island Sounds, and Letters to the World, include her voice among poets from around the world. She had participated im multimedia presentations of her poems and has performed her poems nationally, most recently in the Geraldine R. Dodge Festival. Her essays on gender and culture appear in The Woman’s Studies Quarterly, Language Crossings, and anthologies of literary criticism. She has a doctorate from George Washington University and teaches English and Women’s Studies at Naussau Community College, New York.
Dolores Bentham. Frustrated by her lack of understanding of the art in painting, Dolores Bentham applied to the Barnes Foundation for Aesthetics and Appreciation of Art, a course taught by Violet DeMazia. Surprisingly, this non-artist was accepted. Bentham came actually to painting late. After arriving in Hancock, NY, she pulled out watercolors and paper that her son, Paul, had given her long before. She took classes with Jack Yelle and studies with him now. (She has put away the oil paints and canvases that her son, John, has given her, but promises to get back to them soon.) She has shown at the Windsor Fair, The Hancock Town Hall, The Hancock Art Walk, The Gallery at The Inn at Starlight Lake, The Spring Fair at Roscoe, The Cure for the Common Wall, Roscoe, and the NOHO Art Walk, New York City, where she was awarded 2nd prize. Her other interests include writing and evolutionary theory. She belongs to the Hancock Writers’ Group and has a story published in Still Going Strong, edited by Amalia Janet Weinberg. Dolores Bentham has presented her work on evolution at meetings of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and of the Citizen Scientist in their poster sessions. She holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Independent Studies of Evolutionary Biology.