Join the Bainbridge Public Library for the 8th Annual ARS POETICA

One of the four exhibits of the 8th Annual ARS POETICA is being hosted this year for the first time at the Bainbridge Public Library, from March 1 to March 30. This exhibit will feature the work of fourteen photographers and fourteen poets. On display will be the photographers’ artistic interpretations of the poems, along with the printed poems that inspired them.

Overall, ARS POETICA celebrates the fusion of poetry and art from March through May in Kitsap County. For this project, West Sound poets (from Kitsap, Jefferson, & Mason Counties) submit their poems to be jury selected for West Sound artists to choose and respond to artistically in any medium. Over the past years, Collective Visions Gallery in Bremerton, Front Street Gallery in Poulsbo, and the Poulsbohemian Coffeehouse have hosted ARS POETICA Exhibitions in the spring—where poets and artists gather to celebrate with a reading of the poems, a display of the artworks, and a slide show for the public to enjoy.

Participating poets:  Amy Genova: Janetmarie Valiga; Marsha Cutting; Judy Drechsler; Diane Lee Moser; Junay Johanson; Cindy Vandersluis;  Beverley West; Rebecca Rekow; Dawn Henthorn; Kenneth Enright; Jayne Marek; Anne Kundtz; Sue Hylen

Participating photographers:  Gerald Young; Pat Egaas; Genevieve Moyer; Diane Hutchings; Rob Wagoner; Norm James; Steve Hannuksela; Cindy McGregor; Paul Brians; Bob Rosenbladt; Irma Suplee; Dawn Bockus; Betsy Leuner; Adelia Ritchie 

Salish Sea Garden – Farmhouse Shadows – The Snow Geese

Please join the Bainbridge Public Library on March 1st from 5-7 pm at the library for a First Friday Ars Poetica Celebration. This will include an exhibit and a slideshow of images by local photographers to illustrate the displayed poems they have selected to interpret. There will be a scheduled reading at 6 pm. 

You can view this exhibit for the month of March during regular library hours and online at  A podcast interview with Sue Hylen, organizer, is available here:

As always, thank you for supporting your Bainbridge Public Library and local artists – Linda Meier, art coordinator.

PS:  If you have interest in exhibiting your work, feel free to contact me at


***Content and images provided by Linda Meier, Bainbridge Public Library




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