Ekphrastic Poetry Featured at Blue Whole Gallery on April 24th

Done for the Day by Jolene Sandborn is one of the pieces of art that inspired an ekphrastic poem.

Artwork at the Blue Whole Gallery will once again be the inspiration for an afternoon of ekphrastic poetry written by the Olympic Peninsula Authors (OPA) on Wednesday, April 24th from 2-3pm at the Blue Whole Gallery, 129 W. Washington St. As always, this event is free and open to the public.

Ekphrastic poetry is a centuries old tradition of poets translating the images of art into the cadence of words. Thirteen poets have written interpretations of twenty-four pieces of art by eighteen artists. There are plans to incorporate some of these poems into a book that will be for sale later in the year.

“Bringing together our local authors and artists with these ekphrastic poems is a powerful way to connect the arts in Sequim,” said the Blue Whole Gallery Board President Jolene Sanborn.

Artist Jean Glaser holds her artwork as poet Dianne Knox reads her ekphrastic poem.

Selected authors will read their pieces, offering attendees a chance to connect with the creators behind the narratives. As much as possible, the artists will be showcasing their artwork while the poem is read. Attendees are encouraged to explore the gallery before and after the event.

The Blue Whole Gallery hours are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Saturday, and 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Sundays. For more information, visit bluewholegallery.com

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