we’re floating adrift
across a pallid landscape
in a thawing rift
after static winter months
forge devastating new paths
Kim M. Russell, 2017
Jane Friedlicher (1924-2014) Landscape, 1984, Lithograph on Paper
Margaret says that she recently visited The Hickory Museum of Art in a small town in North Carolina not far from where she lives. She explains that Hickory has a beautiful museum that fosters and preserves American art, with approximately 1,500 items currently in the collection. Margaret viewed Paul Whitener’s landscape paintings; he was the visionary for the museum and was the Museum Director since 1944 and held that position for fifteen years.
She says that small museums really are gems of local talent and creativity. Her local poetry group was eager to see the poetry of their friend, Beverly, who participated in “The Art of Poetry”, and ekphrastic walking tour in honor of Woman’s History Month. The main focus of the tour and poems was WOMAN MADE: Women Artists from the Hickory of Art Collection. The rules were simple: Go to the exhibit and write poems about the works on display.
Margaret has selected three of her favorite art works from this exhibit, which she has shared, together with Paul Whitener’s paintings. She has also selected three intriguing art pieces from the local public schools’ end of year celebration of children’s art work displayed at their museum. The challenge today is simple: to find something in one (or more) of these images which inspires us to write a new poem.