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Playing with Words (and Art) with Cindy Beer-Fouhy

September 25, 11-4 PM

Vision and Voice: *Ekphrastic Writing Workshop

Creative Writing in Response to Visual Art at HVCCA

Vision and Voice: is an Ekphrastic Writing Workshop which will examine the literal
translation of “A picture is worth a thousand words.” We will explore connections between
writing and visual art as conceived by many poets and writers including W.H. Auden, Adrienne
Rich, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Silvia Plath, Rita Dove and the Writing the Walls II word artists. Through poetry, fiction and/or personal essays, participants will express, in writing, their individual responses to visual art located in the gallery of HVCCA.

*Ekphrasis writing is a literary response to another form of art, most often a painting, but it could be a sculpture, dance, music or other art form. The words of a poem may explain or analyze what is happening in the painting or the poem may derive a meaning from the painting and go from there. The written response may be in the form of a story, a poem, personal essay or other
literary genre. Keats “Ode on a Grecian Urn” is an example of this type of writing, as the entire poem concerns the appearance and meaning of an ancient piece of pottery. “The Girl with a Pearl Earring” is a novel by Tracy Chevalier (later made into a film) inspired by Johannes Vermeer’s painting.

Cindy Beer-Fouhy is a freelance writer, arts consultant and writing teacher. Cindy earned at BA in English and an MS in education and is certified as a NY State teacher from pre-k through high school. She is former Director of Literary Arts at Northern Westchester Center for the Arts where she founded the award winning weekly poetry series “The Creative Arts Café.” She studied poetry writing with Billy Collins, Patricia Spears Jones and Molly Peacock.  She has been a panel judge for the National Jewish Book Awards Poetry Competition and Slapering Hol Press Chapbook Competition. Cindy’s poetry and essays have been published widely in literary journals, magazines and anthologies including Bronx Accent: A Literary and Pictorial History of the Borough (Rutgers University Press) and her articles and interviews have appeared in Westchester Arts Council’s Arts News, Westchester Family and Roll Magazine. Three of her poems have been winners of the Greenburgh Poetry Competition, 2011, 2012 and 2013. Cindy facilitates “Life Stories,” a writing workshop she created for senior residents at various senior living facilities and special needs organizations. She is a Teaching Artist through ArtsWestchester and BOCES and she currently teaches writing at the Writing Institute at Sarah Lawrence College.

Event Location and Ticket Information

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1701 Main Street
Peekskill, NY 10556
Handicap Accessible? Yes

Date: Sunday, September 25, 2016
Times: 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Ticket pricing:

Presenter: HVCCA
Presenter Phone: 914-788-0100
Presenter Website: www.hvcca.org

Sponsor Message

This program is funded in part by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.