Amherst Arts Night Plus: Poetry Night and Art Exhibit

Recent Work by Elizabeth Pols
December 1, 2016  5-8pm
Event Schedule: 

5-8pm Art Exhibit by Elizabeth Pols 

5-6pm Poetry Open Mic Sign-Up

6pm Poetry Open Mic begins followed by a program of readings from "Amherst Poets," a course taught at Amherst College.

FEATURED READING: Amherst College students of Amelia Worsley's seminar, "Amherst Poets", will present readings and context of works by Emily Dickinson, Richard Wilbur, Sylvia Plath,  James Tate, Martin Espada, Dan Chiasson, Robert Francis, Thomas Whitbread, Daniel Hall and more, exploring these poets' connections to the town of Amherst. 

Elizabeth Pols will show recent paintings and mixed media work at the Emily Dickinson Museum’s Arts Night Plus Poetry on December 1st. The work will offer a sort of call and response to a number of Dickinson’s better known poems. Using classical renaissance techniques and realism, Pols explores the roles that memory, light, color, and atmosphere play in enhancing both reality and mystery.  Her landscapes feature the natural world and its complicated intersections with the creations of humans. Pols sets up her zoologically-based still lifes as though they were landscapes: islands set in the context of a contrived continent. Other current work includes a series of cabinets and converted antique writing slopes which incorporate realist panel paintings with found objects—part Joseph Cornell, part Renaissance devotional paintings.

“At the Gate of Memory,” Pols’s one-person show – now at the Alumnae Gallery at Smith College through December 16 – offers a series of paintings and sculptures of the Syrian city of Palmyra and of Italy’s Venetian lagoon. Those of Venice are created from firsthand observation by the artist; the Palmyran works are her re-imaginings of that city based on antique travel slides. Read more at