'Expressions: Art and Verse 2022' exhibit opens Feb. 19 at Addison Center for the Arts

The Addison Center for the Arts is hosting its second "Expressions: Art and Verse 2022," a collaboration between visual artists and the Illinois State Poetry Society.

Participating artists will display original artworks inspired by an original poem submitted by one of the members of the poetry society.

The community is invited to attend the free art reception and poetry program on Saturday, Feb. 19, from 1 to 4 p.m.

Julie Mars, the organizer of the "Expressions: Art and Verse 2022," explains, "This exhibition is intended to celebrate the mingling of art forms. In this case, how poetry paints pictures and stimulates our senses. The art of poetry evokes a personal, subjective experience within our minds. In this art and poetry show, the artists have captured their inner experiences of poetry in each of their works of art."

Hanover Park artist Joan Ladendorf's digital artwork on paper "Threes" for Carole Croll's poem of the same name. Courtesy of Joan Ladendorf

For those who cannot attend the exhibit, the images of the artwork and the poems, some in text and some audio recordings and a video, will be available to enjoy on in the coming weeks.

Illinois artists exhibiting in "Expressions: Art and Verse 2022" are: Tania Blanco, RocaVaron, Margaret Bucholz, Benjamin F. Calvert III, Susan Cargill, Emily Dormier, Ashley Ehrhardt, Andrea Fox, Jeanne Garrett, Re Kielar, Joan Ladendorf, Annette Perone Leiber, Marlene Vitek, Carly Palmer, Jan Reagan, and Julie Mars.

The Illinois State Poetry Society's featured members are: Mary Beth Bretzlauf, Marie Samuel, M.E. Hope, Idella Pearls Edwards, Linda Wallin, Lennart Lundh, Marie Asner, Maggie Kennedy, Charlotte Digregorio, Carole Croll, Susan T. Moss, Mark Hudson, Gail Denham, Hanh Chau, René Parks, Carole R. Bolinski, Dr. Emory D. Jones, Wilda Morris, Curt Vevang, S. Michael Kozubek, Diane Lotko Baker, and Kathy Lohrum Cotton.

"In the early 1970s, ISPS began as a single chapter and became a charter member of the National Federation of State Poetry Societies in 1991. Presently, there are seven chapters throughout the state, and all are committed to creating and promoting poetry in all its forms. ISPS appreciates the opportunity to blend art and poetry that results in a collaboration of these artistic forms in order to present a greater expressive whole," said Susan T. Moss, president of the Illinois State Poetry Society.

The exhibit continues to March 19.

Villa Park artist Benjamin Calvert III's woodblock relief print, edition 32, an oil ink on kozo paper, for Emory D. Jones' poem, "Deep Freeze." Courtesy of Benjamin Calvert III

Gallery hours are 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday.

The Addison Center for the Arts at 213 N. Lombard Road is a nonprofit organization created to advance the arts in Addison and its surrounding communities.

For information, call (630) 458-4500 or visit or

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