Saturday afternoon tea
Arts in August series
The Morning Room at the Sanctuary
Kiawah Island, SC
Lese Corrigan and I got to know each other when we each held a year's residency at the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, SC. In 2004-05 she was the artist in residence there, and I was the poet in residence. We enjoyed working with school classes that came to the museum for mornings of art and creative writing. I admired the oil painting that she did after studying Anna Heyward Taylor's Coming Storm, the woodblock print in the permanent collection that we selected to respond to. Depicting an old tractor in a field, Lese's painting adhered to Taylor's composition of diagonal lines, the ominous mood set by weather, and the suggestion of hard physical labor. I knew early in the Gibbes experience that I liked Lese and her art. So it has been a joy for me that she gave permission for her painting, Cultured Pomegranates, to be on the cover of my poetry book. And I'm delighted that we'll be joining forces again on Kiawah Island, all for the good of poetry and art.