#b#Ekphrastic Poetry:

Visual in Verse#/b#

If you have ever looked at a piece of sculpture and experienced a poetic moment, then you might be on the verge of creating an ekphrastic, defined as “a rhetorical device in which one medium of art relates to another medium by defining and describing its essence and form, and by doing so communicates more directly to the audience through its illuminative liveliness.”

The Grounds For Sculpture in Hamilton is inviting poets to experience the current exhibition season and use it as inspiration to compose an original ekphrastic poem based on the works on view. Selected works will be featured in a commemorative book. Each selected poet will be invited to read their work during its Poets’ Invitational on Sunday, August 30, at 2 p.m.

The deadline for entries is Monday, July 6, at 10 a.m. The submission form is available at www.groundsforsculpture.org.

The adviser for the project is Christine Salvatore, who received her MFA from the University of New Orleans and currently teaches literature and creative writing at Rosemont College, Stockton University, and Egg Harbor Township High School. She is also a visiting artist and consultant for the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Program.

#b#The Visually Diverse#/b#

The Princeton Photography Club seeks photographs, as well as small portfolios and bodies of work (as yet undefined) for a long-term project on “Diversity.”

“Each participating photographer is free to choose his or her own theme so long as it concerns New Jersey, its people, places, things, and history. It is still a very broad canvas but the focus is coming,” says Tom Marshall of the Photography Club. “There is no time limit on when the images are made and no restriction as to subject matter or theme so long as it has some connection with New Jersey. This is a long-term project that is expected to take years to come to fruition.”

The club also seeks recommendations of people who would be good subjects for the project. For more information about the project or about the Princeton Photography Club visit Marshall’s website at www.ImagesbyTFM.com or E-mail tfmarsh@me.com.

#b#Art as a Cure?#/b#

Can creativity and artistic expression play a significant role in raising awareness of the personal and community tolls caused by heroin abuse and addiction in New Jersey?

The Drug Enforcement Administration-New Jersey Division and the New York/New Jersey High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) in conjunction with the Partnership for a Drug Free New Jersey and the Governor’s Council on Alcoholism & Drug Abuse think the answer is yes. These groups are sponsoring a statewide Heroin Addiction Art Contest and Exhibition.

Angelo Valente, executive director of the Partnership for a Drug Free New Jersey said, “This exhibit will play a significant role in raising awareness about the toll heroin abuse can have.” Of the 26,835 admissions to treatment facilities for heroin abuse in 2013, approximately 30 percent were for individuals between 18 and 25, the largest total of any age group.

Open to all New Jersey residents, the contest offers a first prize of $500. The submission deadline is Tuesday, July 28. Entry forms are at www.drugfreenj.org/HeroinArtExhibit. Questions: Call Jessica Gonzalez at 973-776-5168.

Each year in the spring, the Princeton Public Library hosts a launch party when people come together to hear the poets read their work in a Quaker-style reading format.

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