#Poetry Friday–TREES BREATH & Online Art Exhibit

Trees, © 2020 Michelle Kogan, Pen sketch

  Happy Poetry Friday!

I’ve been thinking about …space in poems… negative space, tree’s space, and people’s space…

Above is the flyer for an online exhibit I’m in, Where Are We Now? Activism of the Everyday, An International Juried Virtual Exhibition of Art by Women. If you are interested in attending the Meet the Artists you can Register in advance here. Here is the link for the online exhibit once it goes “live” on Monday (it is not up yet).

Jama’s our host for this weeks Poetry Friday roundup at her delectable, and overflowing cornucopia of poetry goodness blog, Jama’s Alphabet Soup, featuring books and more. Thanks for hosting Jama, Im looking forward to gobbling up your offerings!

Sending wishes for all to be safe, wear your mask, and vote!

Visit Renée LaTulippe at No Water River to find out more about what Poetry Friday is.

About Michelle Kogan Art, Illustration, & Writing

Michelle Kogan is an artist, illustrator, instructor, and writer, creating colorful allegorical figure, flora and fauna paintings and children's illustrations, which have a sensitivity to endangered species, and the environment. She is an art instructor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Evanston Art Center and offers Plein Air Painting Workshops at nature venues in the Chicago area including the Lincoln Park Conservatory, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, and Lurie Gardens at Millennium Park. Visit her online Etsy Shop at: http://www.MichelleKoganFineArt.etsy.com and her website: http://www.michellekogan.com
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15 Responses to #Poetry Friday–TREES BREATH & Online Art Exhibit

  1. This art for justice event looks potent, MIchelle. Congratulations on being involved.
    And I’m hugging your tree poem.
    Weekend Wonders to you!

  2. cvarsalona says:

    Michelle, space is an important topic and so is breath. Your illustration and poem make a statement and the form enhances your thought. I registered for you exhibit that looks fascinating. Hope to be there.

  3. Your use of space in this poem is brilliant, Michelle. “ourmindmayoverrun”…wow! Your Meet the Artist event is intriguing. Is it something to revisit later? It would be the middle of the night for me to participate ‘live’. 🙂

  4. haitiruth says:

    Thanks for the space and the breath! Ruth, thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown.blogspot.com

  5. lindabaie says:

    As a visual artist, you showed us how to make a poem “shout” on the page, Michelle. This is a beautiful capture of our time right now. Linking to trees, so good, too! Congratulations for being in that new art event!

  6. jama says:

    Love your unique and insightful poem, Michelle. It’s quite a meditation all its own. Couldn’t help but thinking of physical distancing — purposely putting space between human beings in the name of health and wellness. I like the mention of trees needing space to grow, and people needing space to be open to change. Open mindedness, acceptance, and tolerance are sorely needed in the world right now.

  7. Kimberly Hutmacher says:

    Love the look and feel of your space poem, Michelle!

  8. Your poem is creative, as is all your artwork, Michelle! We all need space, especially now. Very appropriate timing for your post! I also took a quick peek at your Etsy shop – love the Karner Blue in the sidebar… Thanks for inspiring us to this about space and breathing!

  9. Janet F. says:

    I am finding so much use of trees lately. Their stately, strong, brilliantly colorful clothes right now in certain climes…..you poem about needing space to grow and change and breathe……lovely and formatted in a way that draws right to your tree. Glad you are featured in the exhibit. We all need to be moving for change and growth and caring. And masking.

  10. Linda KulpTrout says:

    Your poem is amazing! I am in love with trees, especially right now. I love the space between the limbs where the light shines through. Congratulations on the exhibit!

  11. janicescully says:

    I love the way you used space to reflect the meaning of your poem. I’m in love with trees all year, but fall is special and when they have space, we do too.

  12. macrush53 says:

    Ooh I love the tree poem. The negative and positive space so works. Congrats on the virtual art show.

  13. maryleehahn says:

    Your poem is a double work of art! LOVE it!

    I am noticing as the trees shift to their November-March skeletons and the shade in the street becomes less dense and more perforated. I love that moment in April when I realize that shade is back!

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