Poets and painters inspire one another for new exhibit

'Celebration of Kindred Spirits': Artists and poets will explain their creative process at April 1 reception


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  • Poem by Celena London inspired by the artwork of Ari Mir-Pontier



Participating poets and artists

Poets:
Tricia Adler
Nancy Dymond
Norma Ketzis Bernstock
William Conway
Penelope Ghartey
Tracey Gass Ranze
Sally Hendee
Patricia Kett
Bonnie Law
Celena London
Mort Malkin
Z’Ka
Artists:
Isabelle Bajda
Mef Gannon
Debbie Gioello
Woody Goldberg
Alexis Brianna-Kramer
Claudine Luchsinger
Susan Miller
Ann Marie Nitti
Ari Mir-Pontier
Dianna Potts
Dixie Rich
Lynn Rideout
Nick Roes
Joan Standora
Elva Zingaro

— “Poets and painters constitute a special class of their own, like the circus people,” said writer Gerald Brenan.

Brenan's quote inspired “Celebration of Kindred Spirits,” a project sponsored by the Barryville Area Arts Association for National Poetry Month. More than 20 local artists and poets have collaborated to create poetry based on art, and art based on poetry.

For several months, artists have been creating works inspired by the poetry of local poets. At the same time, poets have been writing poems inspired by the creations of local artists. The result is the “Painting and Poems” Exhibit, on display through April.

“Whoever said artists and poets are difficult to work with never met any of our local talent,” said the show’s curator, Nick Roes. “Working with these prima donnas is almost impossible! Of course, that’s a joke. Each participant rose to the challenge to create something truly magnificent, with almost no fuss at all.”

A reception, free and open to the public, will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 1, at the Artists’ Market Community Center, 114 Richardson Ave., Shohola. Many of the poets and artists will be in attendance to read their poetry and explain their creative process.

For more information call 914-799-0180.


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