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ArtPoems was a creative collaboration of artists and poets. As a platform for the creation of new art and poetry it added a unique vision and voice to the Southwest Florida cultural landscape each year. Founded in 2007 by Lorraine Walker Williams and Joe Pacheco, ArtPoems celebrated its fourteenth year in 2020.

Each season ArtPoems artists and poets were paired and exchanged art and poetry. The artists created new art works inspired by poetry and the poets wrote new poems inspired by artwork. New creations emerged from this shared inspiration and collaboration.

Each year ArtPoems was performed at two venues and was a featured exhibit in a gallery in downtown Fort Myers. 

Presented here are highlights from previous seasons along with the complete set of collaborations created for the twelfth, thirteenth and fourteenth seasons of ArtPoems.  
ArtPoems   by Myra Roberts   ArtPoems 2014

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        2019

Past Events

ArtPoems 2020

Multimedia Stage Presentation
Wednesday, February 26, 2020
Reception 7:00pm
Stage Presentation 7:30pm
Alliance for the Arts
10091 McGregor Blvd
Fort Myers, Florida

Multimedia Stage Presentation
Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Reception 7:00pm
Stage Presentation 7:30pm
Rush Auditorium
Florida SW College
8099 College Pkwy
Fort Myers, Florida

July 2 - 30, 2020
Arts for ACT
2265 First St
Fort Myers, Florida

More Past Events

ArtPoems 2019

Multimedia Stage Presentation
February 2019
Alliance for the Arts
Fort Myers, Florida

Multimedia Stage Presentation
March 2019
Rush Auditorium
Florida SW College
Fort Myers, Florida

April 2019
Art League of Fort Myers
Fort Myers, Florida​
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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 President of the Board     Lorraine Walker Williams

Director and Vice-President   Joseph Pacheco

Director and Secretary-Treasurer    Gary McLouth

2020 ArtPoems Producer    Jamilla D. Brooks

2020 ArtPoems Book Designer    Patti Brassard Jefferson

Webmaster    Carolina Solomon and Jaansi Parsa
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 2020 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
    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
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ArtPoems 2020

Art Works and Poems
in Collaboration

paperback, 56 pages
A Message from the President of the Board of ArtPoems 

Since 2007 ArtPoems has generated creativity through collaborations with artists and poets. The purpose of ArtPoems has always been to create new work and bring it to the Lee county community through the cooperation and support of many Arts organizations. Audiences have been touched by our performances and publications. Individual artists and poets have discovered a variety of ways to inspire and be inspired.

With the concurrence of the Board, it has been decided to end the ArtPoems Program. The remaining balance in the Treasury, after this year’s expenses have been paid, will be donated to Arts organizations that have supported us over the years. Remaining physical properties will be donated or recycled.

With much appreciation to all who have made ArtPoems grow and become a viable force for creative collaboration, I wish you success. 

Lorraine Walker Williams
ArtPoems Founder and President of the Board