Art/Speaks is Write On’s first-ever ekphrasis challenge, presented in collaboration with Edgewood Orchard Galleries. Edgewood’s final show of the 2015 season opens Saturday, September 26, and runs through Sunday, November 1. We invite you to write to images in the gallery’s collection or to select from one of the images below.
Ekphrasis is a literary description of, or a commentary on, a visual work of art. Though most often associated with poetry (John Keats’s “Ode On a Grecian Urn” is a notable example), prose can also be used for ekphrastic writing. (Mark Doty’s essays in Still Life With Oysters and Lemon is a good example of ekphrastic prose.)
Write On and Edgewood invite you to write poems, essays, stories, short plays, children’s stories — whatever genre moves you — to the artwork in the galleries and sculpture garden. For those of you not in Door County, we have chosen nine pieces to inspire your writing and the artists have generously allowed us to show the images here as part of the Art/Speaks ekphrasis challenge.
Submit your work via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Selected works will be posted on our website. Edgewood Orchard Galleries will link their website to our postings so that their followers can read the work as well. In addition, each of the artists will receive copies of the writing inspired by their work.
Visit Edgewood Orchard Galleries, 4140 Peninsula Players Road in Fish Creek, and get writing! The gallery is open from 10 am to 5 pm daily. Staff have writing supplies on hand if you should need them.
Ten percent of proceeds from all artwork sales made during the course of the show — September 26 to November 1 — will be donated to Write On, so come prepared to shop as well as write!
Read responses to these pieces and others on display at Edgewood on our Writers’ Gallery page — click here to view!