Visual art, poetry combine at PAFAC ekphrastic reading

The Port Angeles Fine Arts Center and Olympic Peninsula Authors to host an ekphrastic reading from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 5, at the center, 1203 E. Laurdisen Blvd.

The reading incorporates poetry inspired by artworks in the “Home – The Essence of Place” exhibition, now on display; the exhibit is rooted in the region’s landscapes and inhabitants. It will be on display at the historic Esther Webster Gallery during regular gallery hours (11 a.m.-5 p.m.) through Oct. 29.

For this ekphrastic reading, poets were invited to view the artworks on display in the exhibit and then create original poems based on pieces that inspired them. Poets were able to choose amongst paintings, prints, sculptures and photographs from 29 artists. The reading is free to attend and open to the public, with donations welcomed.

“The heart within the artwork of the ‘Home’ exhibition is a perfect catalyst for an ekphrastic reading, and the poetry selected beautifully interprets the exhibit themes,” said Rachel Storck, Community Engagement Director for the Port Angeles Fine Arts Center, in a press release.

Presenting poets include Linda B. Myers, Eelke Franziska Lampe, Chris Kleinfelter, Dianne Lynn Knox, Eva McGinnis, Joan Enoch, Gary Bullock, Roger Briggs, Angela Terry and Judith R. Duncan.

The Port Angeles Fine Arts Center will continue their collaboration with Olympic Peninsula Authors for a spooky reading at the third annual Celebration of Shadows Fall Festival on Saturday, Oct. 21. Writers are invited to submit stories, essays, poems featuring the eerie time of year for witches and goblins; or bountiful harvests and autumn fantasies.

The deadline for the call for stories and verses is Oct. 5, and submissions can be sent as Word document attachments to

More details about all of the calls for art can be found online at

An additional workshop in conjunction with the “Home- The Essence of Place” exhibition will take place from 4-6 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 11. Olympic Peninsula Arts Association artist Andréa Woods will lead a Mini-Landscape Workshop at the PAFAC. Attendees will learn how to create Mini-Landscape artworks and gather tips for making a compact travel kit for painting supplies.

Tickets are $60 for PAFAC members and $65 for the general public and can be purchased at

“Home- The Essence of Place” will remain on display at the historic Esther Webster Gallery during regular gallery hours (11 a.m.-5 p.m.) through Oct. 29.

The Port Angeles Fine Arts Center exists to honor the legacy of Esther Webster by connecting people to the arts and inspiring the artist within each person. Learn more about the organization by visiting