(Sturgeon Bay, WI)—February 28, 2020—The Miller Art Museum in downtown Sturgeon Bay is pleased to present, in collaboration with Write On, Door County, Art/Speaks: Writing in Response to Art on Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 10:30 am. Part of the Miller Art Museum's popular Second Thursday Program Series, this ekphrasis workshop connects writing with the visual arts through inviting participants to write about the emotions evoked by a piece of art, resulting in a cross-pollination between artistic mediums.

The term “ekphrasis” comes from ancient Greek, and in English it roughly means “a description.” The tradition of ekphrastic poetry is a long, rich, and varied one, with poets from Ovid to Frank O’Hara taking delight in the mirroring (or reconstructing or deconstructing) a visual image via the use of a written text. Ekphrastic poems utilize a myriad of forms and strategies, and they respond to, incorporate, investigate, embellish, interpret and/or reflect upon a vital work of art—usually either a painting, photograph, or sculpture.

The program is being presented in conjunction with the Miller’s newest exhibition, Wade in Water, Into the Field: Paintings by Judi Ekholm. Ekholm’s bold, romantic Impressionist paintings will serve as inspiration. Write On, Door County representative Francha Barnard will lead the 60-minute activity, guiding participants into writing a poem or prose piece in response to chosen works. Following the writing, participants will share their work aloud with other participants, should they choose to do so. The program is FREE and open to all, but registration is requested. No previous writing or art experience is necessary.

Wade in Water, Into the Field will be on display through Monday, April 6, 2020. The exhibition is supported, in part, by the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts and has been generously sponsored by Jack and Sue Anderson, the MMG Foundation and Third Avenue Playhouse.

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