Painter and Poets: An Ekphrastic Exhibit
April is National Poetry Month and the Belfast Free Library is celebrating with an exhibit and an open reading. The creative work of Marjorie Arnett and twenty-seven poets come together in an Ekphrastic Exhibition, “Painter & Poets” to be held in the Kramer Gallery of the Belfast Free Library for the month.
Belfast artist, Marjorie Arnett, asked poets to select one of her colorful paintings and write a poem interpreting the work through vivid, often dramatic, verbal descriptions. The term ekphrastic refers to a form of writing, mostly poetry, wherein the author describes another work of art, usually visual.
There will be an opening reception on Tuesday April 2 from 5-6pm, just prior to the “Open Poetry Reading” which will take place in the Abbott Room at 6:30. Sign up for the reading begins at 6:00, Belfast’s new Poet Laureate, Arielle Greenberg, will start the evening of poetry, so come early and enjoy the exhibit and the reading!
About the Gallery:
The Barbara Kramer Gallery at the Belfast Free Library, located on the ground floor, was named in memory of Barbara Kramer who was an ardent supporter of the visual arts in the Midcoast area in the 1980s until her death in 1998. When the library was undergoing a significant expansion in the late 1990s, a group of area residents with the encouragement of the Library Board of Trustees raised funds to create this special exhibition space where art and or other materials relating to the history of the library or Belfast can be displayed.