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Ekphrastic Reversed

October 15


Art inspired by poetry
Show dates: April 3 to May 1, 2023

As a way to mix our media, CVAC has asked 12 well-known poets to compose poems on themes of isolation and invigoration. And now we are asking member artists to register to paint their interpretations of poems. The results will be included in a printed catalogue and also displayed in the art show.

It’s a variation on the popular Word and Vision event that CVAC last organized in 2015.

Art: Any two or three- dimensional medium (including photography, mixed media, sculpture, etc.)
Fee: $30 per poem (sign up for a maximum of 2 poems)
Maximum size: 24 by 36 inches (including frame)
Deadline to enter: As soon as possible!

Signup deadline: Oct.15, 2022

Submit your art by Jan. 15, 2023

Ek what?
Ekphrastic means a “description” in Greek. According to the Poetry Foundation, “an ekphrastic poem is a vivid description of a scene or, more commonly, a work of art. Through the imaginative act of narrating and reflecting on the “action” of a painting or sculpture, the poet may amplify and expand its meaning.”
From The Iliad to Moby Dick, there are plenty of examples of writers describing art.

In our show, instead of words describing art, we have art describing words. Ekphrastic Reversed!

To participate, select a poem from the list below. Artists can choose a maximum of 2 poems, and only 4 artists will be accepted per poem.

Poems (Click titles to download each poem)
1. The Unvisited…The Sequestered by Philip Allingham
2. Hazard, Home by Christine Lowther
3. Summer Dusk by Kamal Parmar
4. The Most Important Gift Comes at the End by Lorna Crozier
5. On Reading by Naomi Wakan
6. Do we ever Stop to Hear? by Teresa Schapansky
7. Drone by John Barton
8. Interruptions by Richard Osler
9. What Reconciliation Means to Me by Darin Corbiere
10. Portrait of a Lady, Sonnet 892 by John Edwards
11. Not Enough by Erin Blondeau
12. Seasonal Epistle by Fred Apstein


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Summer Dusk
Poem by Kamal Parmar.
$ 30.00
1 available
The Most Important Gift Comes at the End
Poem by Lorna Crozier.
$ 30.00
2 available
On Reading
Poem by Naomi Wakan. Theme: Invigoration.
$ 30.00
2 available
Do we ever Stop to Hear?
Poem by Teresa Schapansky.
$ 30.00
0 available
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Poem by John Barton. Theme: Invigoration.
$ 30.00
3 available
Poem by Richard Osler.
$ 30.00
3 available
What Reconciliation Means to Me
Poem by Darin Corbiere.
$ 30.00
4 available
Portrait of a Lady
Poem by John Edwards.
$ 30.00
1 available
Not Enough
Poem by Erin Blondeau.
$ 30.00
2 available
Seasonal Epistle
Poem by Fred Apstein
$ 30.00
3 available