Monday, October 12, 2015

Monday Muse: Poetry + Art = Ekphrasis

Eleven poets' and two artists' ekphrastic work is on view at Valkarie Fine Art Gallery, Lakewood, Colorado. As defined in The Oxford Classical Dictionary (see the current online version), the word "ekphrasis" means "an extended and detailed literary description of any object, real or imaginary". For this exhibition, titled "Ekphrastic: Valerie Savarie & Sharon Eisley", the artists have interpreted visually a poem submitted by a guest poet.

The participating poets are Lincoln Carr, Bree Davies, Susan Froyd, Nicole Haag, Trinity La Fey, Toni Lefton, a professor a Colorado School of Mines; Rob Lessig, Drew Myron, author of Thin Skin and founder of Push Pull Books; Kimberly O'Connor, a Youth Program Coordinator for Lighthouse Writers Workshop whose poems have appeared in Colorado Review and other literary periodicals; Rebecca Snow, author of the novel Glassmusic and the recipient of the 2015 Seaside Writers Conference poetry fellowship; and Colleen Teitgen, who also is a visual artist.

In the Gallery section of Valkarie Fine Art's Website, you'll find an image of each of Savarie's and Eisley's artworks, and the name of the poet paired with that artwork. Denver-based Savarie interpreted poems via carved or otherwise altered books, while Eisley contributed visual narratives in oils and watercolors. The artworks (all are available to purchase; many have sold) are rich and rewarding.

The gallery held a poetry reading last Saturday, October 10. The exhibition continues through October 18. See it if you're in the area!

Valerie Savarie on FaceBook

Sharon Eisley on FaceBook

Valkarie Fine Art Gallery on FaceBook and Twitter

(My thanks to Drew for mentioning the exhibition at her blog, Off the Page.)

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