Thursday poetry reading keys off art show

PORT ANGELES — The Port Angeles Fine Arts Center and Olympic Peninsula Authors will host an Ekphrastic Reading on Thursday.

The reading from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the center at 1203 E. Lauridsen Blvd. incorporates poetry inspired by artworks in the “Home — The Essence of Place” exhibition currently on display. Admission is free with donations accepted.

For this ekphrastic reading, poets were invited to view the artworks on display in “Home — The Essence of Place,” and then create original poems based on pieces that inspired them.

Poets were able to choose among paintings, prints, sculptures and photographs from 29 artists.

“The heart within the artwork of the ‘Home’ exhibition is a perfect catalyst for an ekphrastic reading, and the poetry selected beautifully interprets the exhibit themes,” said Rachel Storck, community engagement director for the center.

The presenting poets — Linda B. Myers, Eelke Franziska Lampe, Chris Kleinfelter, Dianne Lynn Knox, Eva McGinnis, Joan Enoch, Gary Bullock, Roger Briggs, Angela Terry, and Judith R. Duncan — each bring a unique perspective that further interprets the concept of home.

“We are grateful for our partnership with Olympic Peninsula Authors that allows us to host literary events like this one, and thank them for the work they’ve done in organizing this event and others that create access to poetry for our community,” Storck said.

The Port Angeles Fine Arts Center will continue their collaboration with Olympic Peninsula Authors for a spooky reading at the third annual Celebration of Shadows Fall Festival on Oct. 21.

Writers are invited to submit stories, essays, poems featuring the eerie time of year for witches and goblins; or bountiful harvests and autumn fantasies.

The deadline for the call for stories and verses is Thursday, and submissions can be sent as Word document attachments to

More details about all of the calls for art can be found online at

An additional workshop in conjunction with the “Home — The Essence of Place” exhibition will take place from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 11.

Olympic Peninsula Arts Association artist Andréa Woods will lead a Mini-Landscape Workshop at the center. Attendees will learn how to create Mini-Landscape artworks and gather tips for making a compact travel kit for painting supplies. Tickets are $60 for center members and $65 for the general public and can be purchased at:

“Home — The Essence of Place” will remain on display during regular hours at the Esther Webster Gallery, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Oct. 29.

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