The unique and collaborative “ArtPoems” returns to the Alliance for the Arts on Thursday, March 7 at 7:30PM. The trans-media poet and artist project is celebrating its seventh year. A group of 12 visual artists was paired with 12 poets, each receiving inspiration from the other to create new works to be presented on the night of the event. Poets will perform their poems, sonnets, ballads, villanelle and free verse while the paired paintings, sculptures, photography and mixed media artwork are exhibited on stage and on the screen. Local musicians and Dance Alliance will accompany several of the ArtPoems presentations.
This year visual artists Lucas Century (spiritual photography), Lawrence Voytek (sonic sculpture), Alicia Koyanis (fantasies in 3d), Mary Ann Devos (jewelry) and Jan Palmer (photography) will join last year’s collaborating artists, Peg Cullen, Cheryl Fausel, Sheila Hoen, Hollis Jeffcoat, David King, Andi McCarter and J.R. Roberts. New poets j.d. Daniels, Jim Gustafson and Pat Washington will join last year’s poet team of Jim Brock, Dorothy Brooks, Carol Drummond, Sandy Greco, Joseph Pacheco, Marsha Perlman, Sid Simon, Larry Stiles and Lorraine Walker Williams.
The event begins at 7:30PM. It is preceded by a reception at 6:45PM. Tickets are $10 at the door. Visit www.artpoems.org for more information. The ArtPoems event will also be presented at BIG ARTS on Sanibel on Thursday, February 28 at 7:00PM.