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'Broadsides: Poetry Off the Shelf' at the Alliance Thursday, April 17

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What happens when keyboards meet palettes, brushes meet pens, and visual arts are united with verse on the same page? The answer is “Broadsides: Poetry off the Shelf,” a special National Poetry Month celebration on April 17 at the Alliance for the Arts.

This inaugural event will unite the words of poets from the Alliance’s Poetry Initiative with visual artists in the blending of literary and visual art into printed pieces called “Broadsides.” A broadside is a form of written communication, typically designed to be posted in a public place. Traditionally, broadsides contain a mixture of text and images. 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. Indeed, our Declaration of Independence was first printed as a broadside. Today, the broadside is a popular artistic medium wherein poems are united with compatible visuals and reproduced on single sheets of quality paper.

This event is the centerpiece of a new initiative at the Alliance. During the summer of 2013 a group of poets began to meet regularly at the Alliance to discuss their own work, learn from one another, and seek ways to increase awareness and appreciation for poetry throughout Southwest Florida. Bringing visual artists together with poets was a natural step, especially since there is a specific historical means for this artistic union in what is known as a “broadside.”

The inaugural showing and reading of “Broadsides: Poetry Off the Shelf” will be held on Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 7 p.m. Artists will exhibit the broadsides they created based on poems written by local poets who will read the associated poems on stage in the Alliance’s Foulds Theatre. The public is invited to celebrate National Poetry Month during this unique event. There is a $10 suggested donation. Limited edition prints of the broadsides will be available for purchase. For more information, please visit ArtInLee.org or call 239-939-2787.

Participating Artists include:

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

Participating poets are:

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

The Alliance for the Arts is the state designated Local Arts Agency for Lee County. The Alliance campus and galleries are open to the public from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturdays.

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