KENOSHA – The Pollard Gallery, 518 56th St., is hosting an opening reception for its new April exhibitions from 1-4 p.m. on Saturday, April 2.
At the reception – free and open to the public – Tim Venturella will provide music on his guitar.
Light refreshments will be served.
The theme for the April exhibit on the gallery’s south wall is “Spring Fling.”
This exhibition will present the works of Pollard artists in 2D and 3D.
The gallery’s north wall – known as the “Art for $100 or Less” wall – will feature various works by Pollard artists.
Additionally, on April 2, the gallery partnered with the Kenosha/Racine Poets Laureate program to celebrate National Poetry Month.
The poetry event will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. and will include readings by two local poets: Stephen Kalmar II and Susan Larkin. There will also be an interactive workshop with Kalmar, where participants can ask for feedback on their own poetry.
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The public is invited to bring poems they have written, to discuss with Kalmar one-on-one after reading.
Kalmar began writing and publishing poems when he was a teenager.
In 1977, after moving from Canada to Wisconsin, he joined the Root River Poets Writers Consortium. After a short military service, he returned to Racine to study philosophy, photography, creative writing, spelling, and web design at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside.
He has worked as the editor of Poetry Anthologies and has published many of his works in newsprint, online and in books, as well as in academic and indexing journals.
He gave hundreds of public readings. Along with his children, he also acted on state, radio and television.
In 2011, he was named Racine Poet Laureate. He spends his time judging poetry competitions and leading writing workshops. He also works on immigration issues with Voces de La Fronter and other marginalized communities.
‘Creative Time’ and other activities
The gallery’s next “Creative Time” will take place on Wednesday, April 6 from 10 a.m. to noon.
It is a time when people are invited to “get together, share ideas and work together”.
Participants can bring a current project to work on, start a new project, or talk about a project “that’s got you stuck”.
- The next “Sketch Night” is from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 5.
Participants will draw a still life. Bring your own supplies or use ours. There is a suggested donation of $10.
- The gallery’s Women’s Soul Circle will meet from 2-4 p.m. on Sundays, April 3 and 17. The group will discuss “The Better Boundaries Workbook” by Sharon Martin.
- Also in April, the gallery’s “Kid’s Kraft” is from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 16.
The April project consists of making a basket out of woven paper. (There may be candy involved.)
The gallery also accepts new artists. If interested, send a short bio and photos of your work to [email protected]
The gallery is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Free entry.