Call for mail-in ‘Poetry & Art’

Feb 12, 2014

Rockland — April is National Poetry Month and the Rockland Public Library, local bookstores and other venues are offering special exhibitions and events in its honor. Lois Anne, curator of the Good Tern Cafe Gallery, thought it would be fun and quite interesting to have a mail in exhibition of poetry and art again this year since the last two years’ exhibitions and related events were so well received. The exhibition will run April 1 through May 1.

The Good Tern Cafe Gallery usually features work by co-op members, but opens its mail-in exhibition to the larger community. Last year, entries were received from as far away as South Carolina and western Ontario.

Anyone of any age is invited to submit a piece or two or three for “Poetry & Art III, A Mail Art Exhibition." The call is for poetry, visual art about poetry, drawings inspired by poetry, poems inspired by sculptures, poems by artists, visual art by poets, etc.

“There are so many possibilities that this could be quite exciting,” said Anne. "

“Poetry & Art III, A Mail Art Exhibition, Submission Guidelines are as follows: make a poem, painting, drawing, collage or other creation on a postcard (or in an envelope) relating the theme of Poetry & Art; entries may be signed or anonymous; entries must be postmarked by March 20; and entries should be sent to Lois Anne, Curator of Poetry & Art, P.O. Box 1661, Rockland, ME 04841.

For a mail art exhibition, each participant creates a piece on a postcard and sends it in; the work is usually not returned. However, for three weeks after this exhibition is taken down, the pieces will be available to be picked up at the Good Tern. Those out-of-area should send a self-addressed stamped envelope. For more information, email with Poetry & Art in the subject line or call the Good Tern at 594-8822.

The Good Tern Natural Foods Co-op and Cafe, 750 Main St. is open Mondays through Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or

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