West Allis - Inspiration Studios welcomes to its gallery walls the works of the League of Milwaukee Artists. “POE-etry—An Art Exhibit” will be on display at Inspiration Studios, 1500 S. 73rd Street, West Allis, Oct. 7-Nov. 5. An Opening Reception will take place Friday, Oct. 7, 7-10 p.m. Admission is free and refreshments will be served.

For the last few years, the league has shown an interest in combining visual art with verbal art. Last year around Halloween, while in Manitowoc attending a reading of the poetry of Edgar Allan Poe, Carol Christ considered the possibility of a Halloween-based exhibit that would showcase new artworks based on Poe’s poetry and prose.

“I had forgotten what an incredible poet he was,” says Christ. “With Halloween approaching, creating artworks based on the poetry and prose of Edgar Allan Poe was a natural choice, as was the venue.

"Inspiration Studios houses an art gallery and a community theater group in a building that was formerly a funeral home. As a member of the exhibition committee I brought the idea up to some of our members and it turned out that many of our members are Poe aficionados and were very enthusiastic about this type of show.”

Many members of the league’s more than 110 artists have submitted entries in a variety of media including encaustic, collage, sculpture, and oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings. Artists include Thomas Buchs, Debbie Callahan, Terri Lockwood, Scott Olson, Laura Easey-Jones, Donna Staats, Carol Christ, Audrey Casey, Suzanne Eli-Germaine, Deb Mortl, Julie San Felipe, David Kurtz, Janet Hudachek, Tom Smith, Beth Stoddard, Carolyn Simpson, Cherie Raffel, and Gwen Granzow.

Many will be in attendance at the reception. Artwork will be for sale.

“POE-etry” is a juried exhibition. An awards presentation, along with cash prizes, will take place at 7:15 p.m. by jurist Frank Hoefler, who has juried many exhibits over the years. Following the awards will be a multimedia show of artwork accompanied by a poetry reading by members of the Village Playhouse, whose dark, Greek-inspired, underworld play, “Eurydice” will be presented in the same space this month.

Information about the league, artists and photo samples of their art are available at www.leagueofmilwaukeeartists.org or the Inspiration Studios website: www.inspirationstudiosgallery.com.

This article was submitted by Erico Ortiz, owner of Inspiration Studios.

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