The 'Taste of the Fair' event will provide many wonderful tastes fairgoers are accustomed to. Attendees will be able to drive straight into the Midway, park their cars, purchase their food, and enjoy while socially distancing in or around their car. There will be no seating available. This may not be the full Champlain Valley Fair we all look forward to, but this event will surely keep the spirit of the Fair thriving!
If you love words and art, the ancient form of “ekphrastic” (art-inspired) poetry is a rich field of inspiration and collaboration for telling our stories and describing our experiences through poems. As a Vermont-based poet, visual artist and founder of The Poartry Project, instructor JC Wayne’s special mission is making poetry accessible by helping people find the “poet within” that lives inside all of us. Taking a painting as our muse, we’ll open the door to creative inspiration and unblock common beliefs that poetry is intimidating, hard or takes some kind of almost magical natural skill that can’t be learned by writing a poem inspired by the art of Gallery 46 Vermont-based artist, Cynthia Rosen. As a special bonus, Cynthia will be in attendance to answer questions and share her inspiration and creative process around the painting we’ll be writing about. Through concrete examples of different types of ekphrastic poems, the rare gift of being able to speak with the artist whose work is serving as our muse and the unique opportunity to engage with poetry in an accessible way, you will come away from this workshop with the joy and confidence of having written a poem that celebrates both words and art through your unique perspective and voice.