“Poetry, Music & Art”, February 25
We are especially pleased to present a “Poetry, Music & Art” event on Sunday, February 25 from 2 – 4 pm.
Poetry, Music & Art will be a rare opportunity and unique afternoon to enjoy. The presentation will consist of four experienced poetry writers who will read their poetry with musical interludes; simply a delightful event and a presentation that is not to be missed.
The scheduled program will be poetry reading by Mori McRae. Mori is a Fine Arts Graduate of the Ontario College of Art: Drawing and Painting, 1982-1986. She has lived and worked in Niagara for the past 27 years, developing strong ties to the region and the artistic community. She is a member of the Niagara Artist Centre, a founding member of the Jordan Art Gallery and a member of the Canadian Authors Association. She began writing poetry late in life. Her debut chapbook titled Shelf Life was launched in 2017. She is currently working on a new collection of poetry called Passersby which will be released this April, at In the Soil, in downtown St. Catharines. Both chapbooks are published by Grey Borders Books.
Following Mori’s readings, James Millhaven will read his work. James was born in St. Catharines in 1987. His published works include three chapbooks–Edges, As Well, and Thirty–and a new and selected collection–new & used–published in 2017. In 2015, he wrote and co-produced a one-act play (Untitled #33) as part of the In The Soil Festival. He can usually be found downtown, avoiding his deadlines.
A brief intermission will take place before Poetry reading by Adam Richards, who began writing poetry at the age of 13. He stopped soon after, and started again when he realized that girls like it. Since then, he’s earned a B.A. in French Language and Literature, an M.A. in Comparative Literature and the Arts, and is presently enjoying a peaceful lull before completing his Ph.D. in Digital Humanities, investigating the power of the word to shape human perception. He’ll be reading from “Andrea’s Book of Love”, the single edition of which belongs to her, and which he presents, with her permission, as proof that poetry really does get the girl.
Finally, our Gallery Coordinator and host, Joyce Honsberger, will read from her poems, “The Interiors of Intimacy”. Joyce is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art, Toronto and a member of the S.S.C and S.C.A., has exhibited extensively and is well known for her space sculpture. Her Windpoppy Studio is located adjacent to Arts Place Gallery which she founded & has been the coordinator since 1991. Joyce is also a member of the Jordan Art Gallery. Joyce is currently focusing on writing & has compiled 39 theme booklets of her poetry musings . . . exploring the behind scenes of emotional content and the weaving of daily living bombarding the psyche. Each musing is placed in a space on a companion page of colourful imagery.
The Gallery is especially pleased to be able to have musical interludes provided by Mary Lou Minor. Mary Lou is a Port Colborne-born singer-songwriter whose writing is eclectic, being influenced by her classical piano background, classic country, her brother’s jazz collection, and folk. Her stories tell of real emotions lived by real people. While living north of Toronto she co-founded an acoustic roots band, Three Penny Opus, that took ‘Gold’ at Havelock’s Ontario Country Music Showdown and ‘Best Country’ at the Barrie New Music Fest in 2009. Moving back to Niagara, she was nominated for ‘Country Group of the Year‘ and ‘Folk Group of the Year‘ at the Niagara Music Awards, 2012, and ‘Country Group of the Year‘ in 2013. Minor was a finalist in the Ontario Arts Council’s ‘Colleen Peterson Songwriting Award’ in 2015 and again in 2016.
The Gallery is both very honoured and appreciative to have these creative professionals take the time to share their passions in this venue. We hope you can attend this occasion.