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New additions to our Guest Poets section: Celia Brown and Richard Rensberry.
Newly posted "Poem of the Month" from Dean Blehert for your pleasure.
Restless autumn: Brothers, sisters,
parents, homework, and television
closed in around me, seventeen,
but when I reached out to push them away,
they were too far away to touch.
I had to move out
through the musty front hall and heavy
oak door to find space enough
for me to reach out toward the boundaries
of what I would become.
Long arcades of elms: From an airplane,
green fuzz for a child to finger flat;
on a map nothing at all,
but from the sidewalk a universe
of leaf-shadow, leaf-song--at night, endless
echoing, branch-vaulted darkness, always a breeze
to carry the sounds of home away behind me.
Wind river sweeps leaves and stars
past my head, and me,
I drift out of myself
and have to catch up
by some invisible silken anchor line
to the body with the dark coarse hair
striding slowly through me.
Endless stream of wind-rush
fills me up, as the world
fills up our idea of it.
Houses, lit up or dark, silent
or, wind-walkers themselves, adding muffled
TV and piano sounds to the wind's song,
each house so utterly strange
that it is no longer strange, but only
mine, as a child owns anthill and stars;
to each car a face that looks at me,
Adam, naming the new beasts,
claiming my neighborhood, my universe,
by being it all;
the only world this hugeness
I fill up, nothing to do
with school and newspapers,
admitting, perhaps, a few friendships,
promise in one girl's smile, another's
looking back over her shoulder,
the companionship of Tolstoy's people...
Tell the cat, brushing past my legs,
. . . .read the whole poem
my thoughts arched against the leaves,
tell the unexpected passing person
(to whose hello I reply as royalty waving
to the cheering world from my parade of dreams),
tell the whole symphony: "BRAVO! ENCORE!"
Tell a world of strangers it belongs to me
On Finding Out I've Been Doing Something Right
Freeing people is not done by waving signs,
flaunting slogans on T-shirts, writing scathing letters
to editors and politicians, collecting signatures
or slashing chains with cleavers and swords.
It’s a precision thing, asking the right question,
being by being, one at a time,
letting nothing distract you from seeing
the obvious and making the obvious,
but exact-as-a-well-honed-scalpel response. . .
read the whole poem
On Making it to the Big Time
essay by Dean Blehert
A poet (or anyone in a challenging field where many aspire and few achieve fame) often seems to be on the brink of being discovered or making a leap into the “big time,” only to have it fizzle out, then feel that nothing came of it. After a series of such “failures,” he slopes toward despair.
Actually, few or none of these disappointments were entirely failures. Something of use came of each—or did if one notices . . . read more
Read more on the poetry archive. . .
Dean's e-book, is now available for reading on
the web or for printing as an e-book
A Doll's Journey
The Doll's Journey (a blank verse poem and story by Dean Blehert)
is now available as a "print-on-demand"
coloring book (40 Pages from lulu.com) and a colored work-in-progress,
using a Wacom Stylus, is on the web. Drawings through No. 19
(of 32 drawings) are in color.
Now you can listen
to Dean read his own poems a new dimension!
for 2006 is on the web. (Prior years are also available.)
After 2006, he began
to blog them. (See Deanotations
for short poems and Dear
Reader for longer poems and essays.)
A new addition (more poems) to the collection of poetry on
Mental Health for Dummies
(or How Psychiatry is Destructive Only When Used As Directed)
by Dean Blehert is included on the Lots
of Poetry link.
Words & Pictures now hosts the
Federal Poet Website. The Federal Poets meet monthly,
usually on the 3rd Saturday at 2 pm at the Tenleytown Library
in Washington DC.
Online Gallery: check out my new artist's website: pamcoulterart.com.
Art Students note:
Essay on the Third Dimension
Recommended Paint Supply Lists
Supplies for Color Theory Class
Powerpoint presentation on materials for art students -- I haven't firgured out how to embed a powerpoint or PDF file. If you are one of my students and would like a copy of the PDF, please email me and I will send to you by email.
Recent and Coming Events
Pam Coulter Blehert
August 2015: "Bradley Wharf, Rockport MA" was awarded Third Place in the USGS annual show.
August 2015: "Giverny in Autumn" (oil) is accepted in the August 'Scapes show at the Torpedo Factory, sponsored by the Art League of Alexandria.
August 2015: "Great Falls, Early Spring" is displayed in the annual U.S. Geological Survey show sponsored by the League of Reston Artists and awarded third place. The painting is oil, 24 x 36.
April, 2015: "Conversation, North Point Starbucks" was awarded 2nd place in the annual Founder's Exhibit at the Rose Gallery in Reston.
July 2014: Rainy Day Blues, oil, 16 x 20, is accepted in the monthly Art League of Alexandria show.
June 2014: "Sunday Morning Papers" was a painting done of my mother, from "life" many years ago (1976), as she was reading the Sunday papers. It was featured on cover of Elan magazine April 2009. It has just sold in June 2014.
May 2014: Great Falls VA, 11 x 14, oil, was painted (plein air) in 2006 and sold in May 2014. It won best of show LRA at USGS Aug 2008 and was accepted in Art League show at Torpedo Factory in April 2010. It's a favorite of mine. I think it has a slightly "Japanese" woodcut feel to it.
April, 2014: Sold a small (8 x 10) Plein Air painting called "Artist in Field."
January 2014: Large abstract: "20 Years of Clutter" was accepted in the Art League of Alexandria " Abstract Expressionism Revisited" show.
Also, Chasen Gallery sold my third view of Hanover Avenue (titled: "Hanover Avenue III").
December 2013: I showcased a selection of recent works at the Reston Association, 12001 Sunrise ValleyDrive, Reston VA 20191.
December 2013: My painting of "Carousel at Glen Echo" was accepted in the Art League of Alexandria December show.
November 2013 — Entered "Large Works" show at the Art League, Torpedo Factory show. My Painting "Aftermath — Tsunami" was one of 16 paintings selected from 65 entrants and won one of 4 Honorable Mentions. (There were only 5 awards given, one Best of Show and 4 Hon. Mentions.)
October 12 - January 11, 2014 — "Small Wonders" show at Parkridge 5, including 4 paintings:
- "Memories of Bethany" -- awarded First Place;
- "Small Boat Dock, St. Kitts,"
- "St. Eustasius, Volcano," and
- "Snail in the Garden" (mosaic)
October, 2013 — I was in a number of shows:
- artReston, with "Orange Trees", "Lake Fairfax Park", and "Waiting, Model in Black;"
- A portrait show at ArtSpace Herndon with "Cellist;"
- Annual "Red Barn Exhibit" in Waterford VA with "Carousel in Glen Echo," and "Great Falls in Early Spring;"
- Annual "Art at the Mill" show in Millwood VA showing "Lucketts Antiques" and "June Morning Riverbend;"
- Art at the Park show in Quiet Waters park, Annapolis VA, Oct 19-20 with 20 paintings, including "View of the Harbor, Annapolis" which sold.
October 2013 — Sold "James River Railway Bridge" thru Chasen Galleries.
September 2013 — Participated in annual group show "Art Mirrors Culture", submitting "Fishing Boats Unloading" (Greece, 1966), "Pine and Station Sts" (Herndon VA), and "Universal Liquor" (Washington DC). I was also in a one-day Glen Echo Show with "Glen Echo View" which sold.
August 2013 — Participated in the annual "Paint & Beyond" show at the US Geological Survey National Headquarters. I entered "Poppy Fields", "Shack in the Foothills", and "Lilies and Oranges."
June 15 to July 31 — Participated in League of Reston Artists "Summer Vibes" show at Hunters Woods with "Nancy's Place, Reflections."
June 2013 — June 1-30, participated in a group show "Colors of Summer" of abstracts at DéCOR showroom in Richmond VA, showing my abstract: "Gypsy."
June, 2013 — "Memories of Bethany" (12"x12", acrylic) is accepted for display by the Art League of Alexandria.
April-May 2013 — awarded Best of Show for Stream with Rapids at Parkridge show in Reston. I originally called it "Stream in Autumn, Martinique" but was later unsure that it was actually in Martinique so shortened it to current name.
April, 2013 — Awarded second place for Luckett's Antiques at the League of Reston Artists' Founder's show, Rose Gallery.
February 2013 — I was awarded an Honorable Mention for "Floral with Brown Pitcher" which I donated to the Art League of Alexandria's annual Patron's Show.
January 2013 — sold Hanover Street II through Chasen Galleries.
See more on the Gallery page