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Intriguing Conversation: Art Speaks


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Thursday, May 31
7:00 PM | Free Admission | Cash Bar

Featuring poet Elizabeth Kerlikowske, & artist Mary Hatch.
Enjoy an intimate illustrated reading, celebrating how art speaks, how artists inspire and collaborate. Mary Hatch calls her paintings little novels. Elizabeth Kerlikowske put the paintings into words. Hear the poems. See the paintings. Discover the method to their madness.

Guests will view a pop-up gallery of Mary's paintings, encouraged to reflect on their own thoughts, memories, ideas, and feelings. Elizabeth will share her writings during this multi-disciplinary event.

Mary states, "My work is about the beautiful social surface of America. Like Tom Wolfe and Robert Altman, I love looking at small sections of our lives. Each painting usually begins with a single figure in a position to inexplicably connect to my inner view. Other figures & the environment arrive gradually as the painting evolves. It’s hard to say exactly why I’m so fascinated with the figure but it’s truly the only subject that interests me."

Mary Hatch is an artist and printmaker who received her B.S. and M.A. degrees at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, where she currently resides and creates. Her work has been shown in more than 30 one-person exhibits in as many years and is included in more than 300 public and private collections throughout the US and Canada.

Elizabeth Kerilkowske is the author of several books and chapbooks. She has been publishing her poetry and fiction for more than 20 years in such journals and magazines as Encore, Cincinnati Review, Passager, and Poemeleon, among others. She also creates visual art and has recently completed the Hester Prynne Chair, first of a series of literary women chairs.

Retirement, Elizabeth Kerlikowske says with a grin, has her busier than ever, deep in art projects and encouraging other artists. A retired professor of English at Kellogg Community College in Battle Creek, Kerlikowske served 25 years as president of Friends of Poetry in Kalamazoo.