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Poetic partnership

Visual arts students appear in Waterford anthology

By Pamela Gill

Students in an intaglio class at Grenfell College have had the opportunity to collaborate on a poetically artistic endeavour with the Waterford Institute of Technology in Waterford, Ireland – an anthology that was launched in conjunction with the April Rabbit in Corner Brook earlier this month.

“Eleven of my students each produced an image based on a poem of their choice from this new anthology of Canadian poetry,” said Kent Jones, visual arts professor. “The anthology is now complete, with 65 poets and some 650 pages of text. There are more 30 artworks in the anthology, including work by all my students, myself, students and faculty from the Rhode Island School of Design, and Waterford Institute of Technology.”

Titled How the Light Gets in … (from Anthem by Leonard Cohen), the anthology also includes Canadian artists Gerald Squires, Wesley Bates and John Conway.

The anthology includes the students’ images and bios.

The artwork of third-year visual arts student Mark Adams is featured in the anthology, a piece based on Carl Leggo’s poem “Come by Chance.”

“This is a wonderful experience,” said Mr. Adams, who praised Prof. Jones for his efforts to connect the class with professional experiences. “It goes to show the opportunities for outreach there are for Grenfell students.”

The anthology was released in Waterford, Ireland, in mid-March as part of the new Sean Dunne International Festival of Arts and Culture. On April 23, UNESCO World Book Day, the anthology was launched at the Canadian Embassy in Dublin by Canada's ambassador to Ireland. This embassy launch also included the students’ work.

“The anthology will also have an important slot at Cuirt, the biggest of the Irish international literary festivals,” said Prof. Jones.