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Ekphrastic Reversed: Art Inspired By Poetry

Sat, Oct 15


Cowichan Valley Arts Council

Ekphrastic Reversed: Art Inspired By Poetry

A callout for member artists to register to paint interpretations of poems on themes of isolation and invigoration, written by 12 well-known poets.

Time & Location

Oct 15, 2022, 7:00 p.m.

Cowichan Valley Arts Council, 2687 James St, Duncan, BC V9L 2X5, Canada

About the event


As a way to mix our media, CVAC has asked 12 well-known poets to compose poems on themes of isolation and invigoration. And now we are asking member artists to register to paint their interpretations of poems. The results will be included in a printed catalogue and also displayed in the art show.

It’s a variation on the popular Word and Vision event that CVAC last organized in 2015.

Art: Any two or three- dimensional medium (including photography, mixed media, sculpture, etc.) Fee: $30 per poem (sign up for a maximum of 2 poems) Maximum size: 24 by 36 inches (including frame) Deadline to enter: As soon as possible!

Signup deadline: Oct.15, 2022

Submit your art by Jan. 15, 2023

Ek what? Ekphrastic means a “description” in Greek. According to the Poetry Foundation, “an ekphrastic poem is a vivid description of a scene or, more commonly, a work of art. Through the imaginative act of narrating and reflecting on the “action” of a painting or sculpture, the poet may amplify and expand its meaning.” From The Iliad to Moby Dick, there are plenty of examples of writers describing art.

In our show, instead of words describing art, we have art describing words. Ekphrastic Reversed!

To participate, select a poem from here. Artists can choose a maximum of 2 poems, and only 4 artists will be accepted per poem.

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