FIRST THURSDAY AT THE STUDIOS

HOW TO TAKE THE WORDS OUT OF A POEM

O, Miami

Sanger Gallery 

Every April since 2011, the O, Miami Poetry Festival has embraced the goal that each and every person in Greater Miami encounter a poem during the month of April. Working with artists and organizations of all kinds, they’ve painted poems on rooftops, made them into tattoos, gold-leafed them into urinals, flown them behind airplanes, and sewn them into clothing tags.

sponsored by Team Kaufelt

Annie Dillard

Zabar Project Gallery 

Presenting portraits in oil of writers when they were young, before they were known for their work, Dillard hopes to show that they “were just ordinary people.”

“My hope is that future young writers will not despair that they look ordinary. Almost everyone does. That’s what ordinary means. Appearance has nothing to do with genius or talent or originality or anything else important. Appearance is misinformation.”

sponsored by Archeo and Grace on Frances

GLIMPSES: INSIDE PERSONAL SPACE

Rhonda Bristol

XOJ Gallery 

Bristol began her career as a portrait painter before adding clay to her repertoire. These days, she thrives in the dichotomy of the two mediums, imparting elements of West African and Caribbean design. This exhibition of works on canvas and in clay focus on The Grand Feminine and those experiences powerful enough she classifies as “soul captured moments.”

sponsored by Debra Butler Design Studio

DUAL VISIONS

Larry Blackburn

Zabar Lobby Gallery 

Photographer Larry Blackburn has created a body of collaborative works with the help of our local arts community. Artists such as Rick Worth and Pam Hobbs have layered their signature styles onto Blackburn’s photographs, creating dual visions of Key West scenes.

sponsored by Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory

FROM THE PRESS

“Giant poems to greet fliers at Miami International Airport”
Harriet Baskas, Special for USA TODAY

“Each year during April, National Poetry Month, the annual O, Miami poetry festival tries to fulfill its mission of having everyone in Miami-Dade County encounter a poem at least once during the month. In the past, program participants have put lines of poetry on bandannas worn by dogs and painted poems inside urinals. This year’s festival includes verse disguised as 15- and 30-second radio commercials and “Poems To The Sky,” a project by Randy Burman…”

Read more at USA Today
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Friends new and old are invited to join us for each month’s First Thursday Open House event, when we keep our lights on late and throw our doors open to celebrate the newest work in our galleries. Stop in to say hello, relax with a glass of wine, tour the third floor artist studios and see the just-installed exhibitions in the Sanger, XOJ, Zabar Project and Zabar Lobby Galleries. Books & Books is the next stop, where you can browse the latest titles and catch up with old friends.

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