Beginning on Monday, Aug. 9, the Farnsworth Art Museum will present a five-day workshop led by poet Kathleen Ellis. The class will meet weekdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the museum’s Gamble Education Center, on the corner of Union and Grace streets.

Using writing exercises, word games, found objects and daily group critiques, the workshop will explore connections between poetry and the visual arts. Participants will use the museum’s exhibitions, Rockland’s waterfront and the historic Olson House as sources for writing with this year’s workshop focusing on the exhibition “Alex Katz: New Work” and Louise Nevelson’s sculpture.

Ellis has published four collections of poetry and received poetry fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Maine Arts Commission. She teaches literature and creative writing at the University of Maine at Orono.

Enrollment for this class is limited to 12 students and the cost is $180. $150 for museum members. For more information or to register, call 596-0949 or visit

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to