“Soul Migration,” a multimedia installation of image, sound and poetry by Barbaria Maria, will be displayed at Waterfall Arts, 256 High St., May 6 through 27. An opening reception will be held in the Clifford Gallery Friday, May 6 from 5 to 7 p.m. Dancers Shana Bloomstein, Katenia Keller and Joan Proudman will perform.

The exhibit includes large images printed on light fabric hung from the ceiling and on the walls, accompanied by text and sound recordings.

“The soliloquies and theme poems were written, or heard, in response to the images, as if the movement in each picture contained a seed of sound and story,” said Maria.

Images often spark Maria’s writing, and she has collaborated with artists and made collages for many years. She describes the images in the show as digital collage which, like poetry, involve the process of moving images in space, orchestrating combinations that create symbolism and metaphor.

“Mixing images allows me to directly express subtle layers of perception — not fantasy, but the extraordinary that exists in the ordinary. I want to suggest and illuminate what is palpable but not necessarily visible,” she said.

Maria lives in Belfast and is the author of two books of poetry, “Crossing Time” and “Palace Boulevard”; and a CD called “108 Names — Poems to the Divine” with music by Jeff Densmore. She leads creative writing groups and workshops for experienced and new writers and has taught and performed throughout New England.

A gallery talk is scheduled for Tuesday May 17 at 7 p.m. Admission to the talk is free, although donations to Waterfall Arts are greatly appreciated.

Maria will lead a creative writing workshop, Writing Immersion, Saturday, May 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The group will focus on poetry, prose and story using writing prompts, reading aloud, discussion, memory and the senses, writing from pictures — writing with no idea. All levels of experience are welcome. Space is limited; the cost of the workshop is $85.

Waterfall Arts is a nonprofit arts organization dedicated to building community through the transformative power of art. Gallery hours are Tuesdays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and by appointment. For more information on the exhibit, gallery talk or to register for the writing workshop, call 338-2222 or visit waterfallarts.org.