Broadsides: Poetry off the Shelf

Berry van Boekel and Allison Serraes
Berry van Boekel and Allison Serraes

On Thursday, April 17 twenty poetry-inspired works of art will be presented to the public during Broadsides: Poetry off the Shelf. Several months ago 11 visual artists were asked to create works inspired by poems from 13 writers. The artwork they created was then digitized and the poet’s words added, creating the 20 finished Broadsides which comprise the exhibit.

Historically, broadsides are a form of printed communication containing a mixture of text and images, typically designed to be posted in a public place. From the 1600s to the early twentieth century, this visual medium was used to convey information, issue proclamations, make revolutionary statements, or publish the lyrics to poetry and songs.

Come celebrate National Poetry Month during this inaugural showing and reading of Broadsides: Poetry off the Shelf on Thursday, April 17 at 7PM at the Alliance for the Arts. The public is invited to see the finished broadsides and hear the poets read their works during a reception in the Foulds Theatre lobby. A $10 suggested donation is appreciated. Limited edition framed Broadsides will be available for sale for $90. Posters are $15 each or 3 for $40. LCEC and Matsumoto Framing are the event sponsors. For more information visit or call 239-939-2787.

Participating Artists and Poets:

Collin Davis
Phillip Heubeck
Leo Johnson
Megan Kissinger
Reina Lombardi
Jason McDonald
Jan Palmer
Paul Rodino
Berry van Boekel
Barbara Yeomans
Peter Zell

James Brock
Dorothy Howe Brooks
Carol Drummond
Jim Gustafson
Bob Lerew
Gary McLouth
Jesse Millner
Joe Pacheco
Naomi Rosado
Allison Serraes
Larry Stiles
Lorraine Walker Williams
Joan Heller Winokur

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