Bryan Memorial Gallery
Bryan Memorial Gallery


Painting with Words: Poetic Expression and Fine Art

Who:  Rick Agran (poet, kids book author, photographer, journalist, radio producer, writing teacher)

What: Teaching ekphrastic poetry and creativity to write about art.

When: June 5th, 2022 Jeffersonville Art Jam Time: 11:00am to 1:00pm

At its simplest, ekphrasis paints pictures with words. Ekphrasis is a Greek word translating roughly as "a describing process." Writers, artists, and art appreciators enjoy reading and writing ekphrastic poems because they provide new ways of interpreting and sharing fine art with eyes, ears, and imagination. At its best, ekphrasis is collaborative sense-making. Poems borne from two and three-dimensional art evoke new perspectives, thoughts and feelings, and new ways to enter an artwork. They offer readers new images, objects, colors, and interpretations. Sometimes they create a parallel life for works of art or characters in them.

As part of Bryan Memorial Gallery's participation in Jeffersonville Art Jam, writers and artists will select a compelling (visual) work and seek explore it, describe it, and/or recreate it using (textual) words. In this spirit of collaboration, writers will endeavor to describe, interpret, and free associate. Ready to give it a try? Bring a note or sketch book and a favorite trusty writing implement.

We'll have a brief introduction and share examples of ekphrastic poems. We'll learn about artistic and poetic vocabulary and ways to see and describe. We'll explore risk taking and experimentation as vital parts of the early stages of creativity. Then we'll attempt ekphrasis using this year's show for inspiration. In the end we'll gather and share our impressions and reflections on the process, maybe even our drafts or poems. This is designed for writers of all skills and ages. Even little kids can do it if they have scribes to write for them.

"Painting with Words: Poetic Expression and Fine Art" will be free and open to the public.


Pianist David Feurzeig

Bryan Gallery welcomes pianist David Feurzeig on Saturday, June 25th at 4pm. This event is part of David's Play Every Town 251-concert series for a cooler climate. 

Composer-pianist David Feur­zeig specializes in wide-ranging, genre-defying recitals that bring together music of an astonishing variety of musical styles, from ancient and classical to jazz, avant-garde, and popular traditions. Currently a professor of music composition and theory at UVM, and performed with and been commissioned by groups including the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, the Vermont Contemporary Music Ensemble, and the Bella Voce Women’s Choir. David is the silver medalist of the 2001 World Championship Old-Time Piano Playing Contest and recipient of the 2003 “Best New Rag” competition of the Old-Time Music Preservation Association (OM-PA).

This event is being held in conjunction with the Jeffersonville Art Jam, and is free and open to the public. Registration is not required. Seating is limited, and is on a first come basis.

When: Saturday, June 25, 2022 at 4:00pm

Full program details coming soon.

Raffle Fundraiser

Bryan Memorial Gallery is pleased to announce our 2022 fundraising raffle!

Do not miss out on the chance to win this original oil painting by local, plein air artist, Eric Tobin. 

"Peaceful Summer Morning" oil 20"x24" framed

The winner will be drawn and announced during the Gallery's opening reception of Land & Light & Water & Air held on Sunday, September 11, 2022.

Raffle tickets can be purchased online: buy tickets online or at the Gallery.

Painting can be seen on display in the Gallery.

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