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article imageArt works inspired by poet Elizabeth Bishop go on display Special

By Lynn Curwin     Jul 14, 2011 in Entertainment
Truro - Works of art inspired by Pulitzer prize-winning poet Elizabeth Bishop, and her childhood home in Nova Scotia, went on display recently.
Elizabeth Bishop was a poet and short story writer, and served as Poet Laureate of the United States from 1949 to 1950.
She was born in Massachusetts, but spent several years during her childhood in Great Village, Nova Scotia.
She described herself as “3/4th Canadian and 1/4th New Englander.”
Bishop died in 1979 but, because 2011 marks the hundredth year since Bishop’s birth, the Elizabeth Bishop Society of Nova Scotia is holding celebratory events throughout the year.
One of the events marking the centenary is an art show at the Truro campus of the Nova Scotia Community College.
A pastel on ink called The Singing Sisters  by Bruce Gray. He played the piano and many of his famil...
A pastel on ink called The Singing Sisters, by Bruce Gray. He played the piano and many of his family members sang. The animals were included because his father was a veterinarian and there were a lot of animals around during his childhood.
Bruce Gray, one of the event organizers, retired science professor and artist, opened the reception. He introduced artist and poet Sandra Barry, who did a reading. Barry said that Elizabeth Bishop was once told that she painted with words. Barry has written a book called "Elizabeth Bishop: Nova Scotia’s “Home-made” Poet."
Photographer Laurie Gunn and Elinor Maher enjoying the show.
Photographer Laurie Gunn and Elinor Maher enjoying the show.
Janice Guinan
Photographs by Laurie Gunn  taken at the Elizabeth Bishop house in Great Village. They are entitled ...
Photographs by Laurie Gunn, taken at the Elizabeth Bishop house in Great Village. They are entitled "Looking out her Window Towards the Blacksmith's Shop" and "Words of Welcome on Lacey Paper."
John A. Barnstead Halifax poet and president of the Elizabeth Bishop Society of Nova Scotia also did a reading.
Bishop had also created some paintings, which she gave to friends and family. These paintings can be viewed online.
The show at the community college runs until August 17. It will then move to the Legion Hall in Great Village for the Elizabeth Bishop 100 Arts Festival, which is being held August 19-21.
Joy Laking with her painting  In the Marsh.  Embedded in her self-portrait are portraits of herself ...
Joy Laking with her painting "In the Marsh." Embedded in her self-portrait are portraits of herself as a child, her children, a friend, husband and their puppy. At her neck, where she has health problems, she has included an image of "pain and isolation."
Janice Guinan
A polymer and watercolour art work called  My Mother s Door  by Taiya Barss. The artist has added gh...
A polymer and watercolour art work called "My Mother's Door" by Taiya Barss. The artist has added ghosts from her past, which can be seen upon close inspection, to the door. She said her mother is on the lower right with her arms around five children, and her father is in the upper middle "isolating himself from us, trapped in a life where he didn't belong."
More information on the celebrations can be found on the Elizabeth Bishop Centenary Festival website.
Some of the art work on display.
Some of the art work on display.
Sandra Barry reading a poem by Elizabeth Bishop.
Sandra Barry reading a poem by Elizabeth Bishop.
Janice Guinan
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