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The William Meredith Foundation and Center for the Arts
ART AND LITERATURE FLOURISH IN 2015
ART
THE SLATER MUSEUM OF NORWICH
Bridge of Light
Artistic Illumination from the Balkans

Opening Reception: June 21, 1:00 - 3:00 pm


June 21 through August 28, the Slater Memorial Museum will
present Bridge of Light, tracing the important artistic bridge first
begun by William Meredith decades ago when he served as US
Poet Laureate. The bridge became a major part of Meredith's
legacy as a teacher, poet and friend to artists. For more
information please visit the following links:
http://www.slatermuseum.org/cf_news/view.cfm?newsid=382

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CcNQZtp2rSk
"BRIDGE OF LIGHT: Artistic Illumination from the Balkans" will feature Bulgarian and American artists who have shared their talent over three decades.This two-month long exhibition will also highlight the numerous publications and translations that have been produced by poets and writers from Bulgaria and America. A literary program and a musical performance will take place during the summer exhibition period.

Congressman Joe Courtney has been particularly supportive of this effort as well as the special event at the Bulgarian Embassy where the 2013 William Meredith Award was presented to Lyubomir Levchev (See Recent and Past Events)
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“PRECARIOUS BALANCE” ART AND LITERATURE FLOURISH IN 2015

The sculpture of Meredith Foundation Treasurer
Nancy Frankel

will be featured in a major exhibition at the
Black Rock Center
this coming May 6-30th.
Opening reception May 9th from 5:00-7:00

BlackRock Center for the Arts
12901 Town Commons Dr,
Germantown, MD 20874


For more detailed information please visit:
http://www.blackrockcenter.org/galleries/current-exhibits/

Nancy Frankel
Nancy Frankel sculpture
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LITERATURE
BREAKING NEWS
The William Meredith Foundation announces the establishment
of a publishing house dedicated to poetry:

Rick Koster's report in The New London Day
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Poets-Choice.com is proud to announce the recent publications of
GUY WIRES, Elisavietta Ritche’s 17th volume of poetry and
WMD, A Memoir by Richard Harteis, and CONGREGATION, the
2012 William Meredith Award for Poetry given to Natasha
Trethewey, former US Poet Laureate. The 2015 award for Poetry
will be presented posthumously to Andrew Oreke for THE WALL
during the opening reception for the Slater reception, June 21st.
THE 2015 WILLIAM MEREDITH AWARD FOR POETRY WILL BE PRESENTED POSTHUMOUSLY TO POET ANDREW OERKE
INCLUDING PUBLICATION OF HIS NEW AND SELECTED POEM, THE WALL
BY POETS CHOICE PUBLISHING.


FOR FULL INFORMATION AND THE PRESS RELEASE
PLEASE CLICK HERE
Andrew Oerke
 


Praise for Elisavietta Ritchie’s Work:

“Elisavietta Ritchie’s work is original, varied and exciting, and has been growing steadily in scope and control. The core of her poems is vitality.
Grim, joyous, exuberant or erotic, they have a strong and vivid life.”

Josephine Jacobsen
US Poet Laureate, 1971-73

“Witty, sharp, sensual, possessed of a scientist’s eye for the precise detail, the memorable image. Elisavietta Ritchie is in love with the natural world
of maggot, freezing bilge, the “owl on unheard wings,” “berries fed on ash and blood,” “branches with lavender fire.” She brings a tuned ear for the music of language, a storyteller’s gift and a generosity of spirit that delights as it informs.”
Colette Inez

“Elisavietta Ritchie’s poetry combines a Byzantine elegance with straightforward
plain style honesty. The extraordinary range of her interests: work,
love, sensuality, and man’s plight in a forlorn civilization—is reinforced by
her exquisite regard for language and lively fascination with the possibilities
of form.”

William Packard
 
 
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ABOUT THE WILLIAM MEREDITH FOUNDATION
A visit to the Two Trees Garden where William's ashes lie.

The William Meredith Foundation is proud to announce the establishment of the William Meredith Center for the Arts to remember and honor a great American spirit. Friends who have come together as a foundation wish never to forget this extraordinary human being and the impact he has had on so many lives. Poet, pilot, arborist, beloved teacher and friend, his legacy is a treasure we wish to pass on to future generations. The Meredith Center will keep the flame of generosity and artistic camaraderie burning at Riverrun, William's home on the Thames River in Connecticut where he lived and worked for 60 years and which has recently been added to the State Registry of Historic Landmarks.

The center sponsors educational programs during the year to provide cultural enrichment through a diverse selection of artistic programming. It fosters an appreciation for the work of local and regional artists and develops artist exchange programs internationally as well, particularly with the Republic of Bulgaria where Mr. Meredith was made a citizen by presidential decree for his work in the culture. Artists invited for residencies at the Meredith Center share their talents through art exhibitions, readings, publications and academic seminars. The center serves as a retreat where artists can create new works in the same spirit of peace, equality, and serious endeavor that characterized William's life and work at Riverrun.

First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton wrote a letter joining Connecticut College in a celebration of William's 80th birthday in which she says, "The arts have always been a unifying force in our world, bringing people together across vast cultural, social, economic and geographical divisions. Through his work, William Meredith both enhances and strengthens the American spirit. As you honor Mr. Meredith, you celebrate the timeless power of poetry and poets as our American memory, our purveyors of insight and culture, our eyes and ears who silence the white noise around us, and express the very heart of what connects us, plagues us, and makes us fully human."

The William Meredith Center for the Arts offers another window on the world through which we can enhance our spirit, a window through which artists may search their private worlds and speak for us as we make our slow progress as members of the human tribe. A short signature poem by William Meredith inspires us in our efforts to honor his memory as a model of courage, good will, civility and achievement:

A Major Work

Poems are hard to read
Pictures are hard to see
Music is hard to hear
And people are hard to love

But whether from brute need
Or divine energy
At last mind eye and ear
And the great sloth heart will move.

Printable brochure for the William Meredith Foundation (pdf)

 


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