‘Painted Poetry’ Exhibit at LBI Library for August

Aug 02, 2017

People with a gift for verse or a paintbrush are combining their talents for a “Painted Poetry” exhibit this month at the Long Beach Island branch of the Ocean County Library in Surf City. Coordinated by poet Richard Morgan 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 Morgan. “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.”

A special reception is scheduled on Wednesday, Aug. 16, beginning at 6 p.m. At 7 p.m., poetry readings will begin, with the paintings projected behind them. Morgan said both poets and painters will be in attendance.

“Painting is silent poetry and poetry is painting that speaks,” said Morgan, whose credits include his I Am Sea Glass trilogy and Hebrew Lessons: Poems From My Jewish Heart.

“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 I thought there were many people here with an interest in poetry and painting. So Richard and I put our creative muses together. The show has been well received, and the branch manager, Linda Feaster, told me that the show becomes more spectacular each year.”

For more information, call the branch at 609-494-2480. —E.E.

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