We began a little after six with MC Margaret Ingram warming up the crowd of 30 or more. She introduced Paul Moses, President of the Rome Area Writers, to thunderous applause! Paul is always an engaging and entertaining speaker. He discussed the mission of the Writers, how non-members could join, and requested that attendees take promos for the coming Rome Area Writers 2015 Writers Forum, which will take place on Saturday, March 21 from 9am-4pm.
Margaret, then, introduced me as President of the Rome Art Coterie to equally thunderous applause! I called for lightning but... we stuck to thunder. I discussed the mission of the Coterie being to support the visual arts locally and also mentioned that the next Coterie meeting will take place on March 10th, featuring critiques of the works created from the Birdhouse Arrangement Rebecca Duncan created at our November 12 meeting. Professor Brian Barr will be the critiquer / critiquist and will select the Best Work presented to be framed by / displayed at Michaels for 1-2 weeks in the Spring. The work will also automatically be juried into the next Art at the Hall exhibition. Finally, I mentioned the 2nd Annual Jane McCord Art Educators Mini-Grant which will be awarded to 2 local public arts teachers in the month of March and turned the program over to MC Ingram.
We all worked from the prompt:
"That bleak winter night, his world had shrunk to the four walls of this lonely cabin. He could no longer remember why he volunteered in the first place."
I don't have a roster of who all went when nor where but I do know the proceedings began with Dekie and ended with Margaret. In between, there was a mix of readings, singings, paintings, pizza and cookies - coffee, too! The writings / visuals ranged from humorous to morbid with some blending the two. Who can forget the Writer who wrote of a man who dreamt of shooting his mother-in-law in the face and reveling in the possibility!? Or BBQ copperheads? Or the isolated man who saw a UFO? Or Kelly Mills' singing and George Jones? Or Linda Angio listing off possible suicide methods? No bunnies in sight.
Having shared a digital arts piece myself, it was a great night to be amongst my peers enjoying their creativity and their varied responses to our chosen strand of words!
I look forward to future endeavors with the Writers. Maybe we'll work from a prompt. Maybe we'll do another workshop (longer this time. Or maybe we'll go slightly different and have an artist create a visual prompt for everyone to work from. Or insert your idea here.
Thanks to Paul Moses and the Writers for inviting us to share time with them on their monthly meeting night. Also, a multitude of thanks to Linda Angio, Randy Eidson, Dekie Hicks and Margaret Ingram for putting the event together. Finally, to everyone who came out, I say thank you!