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ArtPoems is a creative collaboration of artists and poets. As a platform for the creation of new art and poetry it adds a unique vision and voice to the Southwest Florida cultural landscape each year. Founded in 2007 by Lorraine Walker Williams and Joe Pacheco, ArtPoems will celebrate its thirteenth year in 2019.

Each season ArtPoems artists and poets are paired and exchange art and poetry. The artists create new art works inspired by poetry and the poets write new poems inspired by artwork. New creations emerge from this shared inspiration and collaboration.

This year ArtPoems will be performed at two venues and exhibited at the Art League of Fort Myers gallery in downtown Fort Myers. 

Presented here are highlights from previous seasons along with the complete set of collaborations created for the eleventh, twelfth and thirteenth seasons of ArtPoems. Enjoy these works and join us in this coming year. 
ArtPoems   by Myra Roberts   ArtPoems 2014

Upcoming Events

Past Events

ArtPoems 2019

Multimedia Stage Presentation
Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Reception 7:00pm
Stage Presentation 7:30pm
Alliance for the Arts
10091 McGregor Blvd
Fort Myers, Florida


Multimedia Stage Presentation
Thursday, March 14, 2019
Stage Presentation 7:30pm
Rush Auditorium
Florida SW College
8099 College Pkwy
Fort Myers, Florida

Gallery
April 2 - 25, 2019
Reception Friday, April 5, 2019 6:00pm
Art League of Fort Myers
1451 Monroe St
Fort Myers, Florida


ArtPoems 2018


Multimedia Stage Presentation
March 2018
Alliance for the Arts
Fort Myers, Florida


Multimedia Stage Presentation
March 2018
Schein Hall, BIGarts
Sanibel, Florida


Gallery
April 2018
Arts for ACT
Fort Myers, Florida​

NOTICE:  The copyright for all images of art works and all poems on this site are retained by the original artist and poet respectively.  The ArtPoems name and ArtPoems logo are copyright Lorraine Walker Williams.    All rights reserved.

ArtPoems, Inc. is a Florida not-for-profit corporation and an IRS 501(c)(3) public charity.

Financial Statements:    2017        2018 

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The ArtPoems collections are available as books from Amazon
ArtPoems 2016

Art Works and Poems
     in Collaboration

   paperback, 48 pages
Still available --

ArtPoems: 2014


   paperback, 50 pages
ArtPoems 2015

Art Works and Poems
     in Collaboration

   paperback, 46 pages
ArtPoems 2018

Art Works and Poems in Collaboration

 paperback, 52 pages
ArtPoems 2017

Art Works and Poems in Collaboration

 paperback, 48 pages
Director and Board Chair        Lorraine Walker Williams

Director and Vice-Chair          Joseph Pacheco

Secretary - Treasurer             Larry Stiles


2019 ArtPoems Producer   Jamilla D. Brooks

2019 ArtPoems Book Designer    Patti Brassard Jefferson


Webmaster             Larry Stiles
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She struts forward on
She is gold and red and black
Tall and proud she glides
crossing the now vacant lot
through concrete alien structures

Concrete left to fade
crumbling struggling forms
to fight rain and sun
Monuments to who knows what
to a time of better times

When men said this place
this place is to make our own
made in our image
Long ago the easy parts stripped
left to the weeds and wild chickens

ArtPoems 2019 Leadership

from Earlier Seasons
The proud wild chicken
she walks through and pauses
scratching shallow dirt
digging for a bite to eat
scratching, forever hopeful

In her wake seven chicks
yellow fluffs tinged with soft brown
peeping, skittering
drifting to find their own way
Running back to her shadow



    - Dan Reed England
Wild Chickens for a New Tomorrow   by Roy Rodriguez   ArtPoems 2016
Immokalee
    Inspiration for artist Roy Rodriguez' "Wild Chickens for a New Tomorrow"
Bourbon Street
Inspired by Scott Guelcher’s "Oh My NOLA"

The early sun sizzles.
It glistens on Bourbon Street’s
hosed down, steaming
pavement. Sleepy 
revelers return to life, 
propelled like bullets
seeking a target
into shops, cafes, bars.
Each trajectory finds its center.

By afternoon, the ascent begins:
The raw, the ridiculous, the ripe, the pungent
commingling of Cajun and Creole.
Heavy scents: the fried, the sautéed waft 
from secret crevices and creep into 
the moist, dank evening air.
The music of the street awaits.

In dark places, a bluesy sax sings.
A burlesque of exotic dancers,
the plump, the boney drape
on doorways like dreamy curtains
beckoning the curious.
A cacophony of endless rhythms beats:
jazz, rock-a-billy, zydeco.

Before the first morning light,
Bourbon Street is rancid and stale,
rank with the evening’s bacchanalia.
Abandoned festival beads lay errant
on sticky, litter strewn pavement,
remnants of the night’s orgy.

    - Joyce Berrian Ferrari
Oh My NOLA   by Scott Guelcher   ArtPoems 2016
ArtPoems 2019

Art Works and Poems
in Collaboration

paperback, 56 pages