MADISON – The Madison Art Society’s 35th Annual Juried Show runs through May 28 at the Scranton Memorial Library. The show includes 100 works of art from Connecticut artists on display during normal library hours. A portion of the proceeds from sales will be donated to Scranton Memorial Library and a scholarship for a talented visual arts high school student.
Members of the Guilford Poets Guild, inspired by the show’s artwork, have written poems that will be hung next to the paintings/sculptures, and the poems will be read at an evening poetry reception sponsored jointly by the Guilford Poets Guild and the Madison Art Society. The reception will be held at the library on May 20, from 7 to 9 p.m. Refreshments will be served.
Eileen Eder was named the winner for her painting “Midday Sun.” Second prize went to Sara Drought Nebel for her oil painting, “Daisy Drawing.”
At the Guilford Poets Guild’s annual Poets Day, which took place on April 23rd at the Guilford High School, local poets Jane Muir, Gordy Whiteman, Gwen Gunn, Pat O’Brien, Pat Bullard, Audrey Fitting, Julie Harris, Jane Ulrich and Dan Goldberg, along with the GHS prize winners, read poems to over 500 students spread out over several morning sessions. Every year the Guild sponsors a youth poetry contest and this year we received nearly 100 poems from Guilford High School students. The top three winners, Andy Gottlieb (1st prize), Jaclyn Triebel (2nd prize), and Emily Breeze (3rd prize), along with Sonya Zhou, the winner of our new prize this year, the Gordy Whiteman Prize for historical Guilford poems, and runner-up Greg Veitch, will be our featured readers at the next “Second Thursday” Guilford Poets Guild gathering, Thursday, May 13 at the Greene Art Gallery (29 Whitfield Street, 7 p.m.). The evening begins with an open mike to which high-school-aged poets are welcome to come read their own poems. Read about the day of readings at Guilford High School in an article from the May 6th Guilford Courier here.