WomenSpeak Art & Poetry Exhibit Opens Today

I’m thrilled to have my poetry featured in this exquisite ekphrastic exhibit…

WOMENSPEAK Press Release

Portraits, Poetry and Prose of the Feminine Experience

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In honor of International Women’s Day, Frank Community Gallery of Chapel Hill is hosting WomenSpeak, a celebration of women giving voice to the feminine experience through portraits, poetry and prose.

The three-day event will include a display of works by artist Nancy L. Smith and written works from women beginning Friday, March 8 through Sunday, March 10. The event will include an artist reception on Friday night and a poetry reading on Sunday. More than 15 special guests will read their responses to Smith’s work.

During the past year, Smith has invited women from all over the world to respond to the art works that will be on display. Once a month for six months, Smith released four or five images of her works and invited written responses of 300 words or less. During this period, Smith received over 300 submissions from 100 women living in nine different countries. From these, Smith and a panel of judges selected 30 winners. Many of the authors will read their works at the March 10 event.

Inspiration for this event came from Smith’s body of work based on exploration of the female form. “During my creative process I discovered my paintings were giving voice to my unconscious inner landscape. They spoke of a wide range of my experiences including peace, loss, angst about prescribed roles and determination to be myself. I invited women writers to join me in the complex exploration of what it means to be a woman today. Women had a lot to say and said it beautifully.”

Their topics cover a wide range including inspirational muses, relationships with themselves and others, migraines and mastectomies, lost loves and loved ones, changing roles, mistreatment of women and the state of our country.

The Orange County Arts Commission is sponsoring this event.

Gallery Show Dates: March 8th – 10th 2019
Gallery Hours: Fri-Sat 11-7 pm / Sun 1-6 pm

Special events:

March 8th Artist Opening Reception 6-9 pm -Music provided by Leigh Aiyyer

March 10th 2-4 pm Writers’ Poetry Reading/ Book Launch

Frank Community Gallery
201 Estes Dr.
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
919-423-5153

A portion of all sales will be donated to the Compass Center of Chapel Hill to help women and families navigate their journey to self-sufficiency, safety, and health.

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