Poets, Painters Combined Their Talents at LBI Branch Exhibit

By Eric Englund | Aug 07, 2019

Surf City — People with a gift for verse or the paintbrush are combining their talents for a “Painted Poetry” exhibit this month and September at the Long Beach Island branch of the Ocean County Library in Surf City. Coordinated by poet Sue Cummings and painter Carol Freas, the exhibit features the works of 16 poets and 16 painters.

“We matched a painter and a poet and had them work together,” said Cummings, who coordinates the monthly Poet’s Studio at the branch. “One would write a poem and the artist would make a painting based on the poem. Then the poet would submit a poem based on the painting.”

New this year is a companion book produced by Cummings, featuring the poems and paintings of the exhibit. The book is selling for $10, with proceeds benefiting the library, Pine Shores Art Association, the LBI Poets Studio and the Barnegat Poets Society.

“You can take the exhibit home with you,” she said. “I plan to do this for upcoming painted poetry exhibits.”

A special reception is scheduled for the poets and artists on Wednesday, Aug. 14, at 6 p.m.

“I knew someone who had a similar display in South Jersey,” said Freas. “I thought it would be a great idea to do it here because there were many people here with an interest in poetry and painting. It’s been very well received.”

Freas originally coordinated the display with Richard Morgan, who last year moved to North Carolina. For more information, call the branch at 609-494-2480.  —E.E.

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