Poetry to Art in Lake Oswego, Oregon

Eighteen artists from William Stafford’s home town of Lake Oswego, Oregon honored the poet with visual art inspired by his work. His poetry is filled with images of the natural world — flowing water, waving grass, passing seasons — and that inspires many artists. Dave Haslett, one of the artists, was moved by images of night, darkness and the moon. From Stafford’s poetry he created stars, moon and roiling seas in a round universe incised on scratchboard, a thin layer of ink-covered clay.

All of these wonderful original works of art based on poetry will be unveiled in a reception from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 6 at Graham’s Book & Stationery, 460 Second St., Lake Oswego. Next door, students from Lakeridge and Lake Oswego high schools will show their Stafford-inspired works at Chrisman Picture Frame and Gallery, 420 Second St.

Both exhibits will remain open through February, 2014 to honor the centennial birthday of William Stafford.

Words_Beneath_My_WingMary Burgess painted “The Word Beneath My Wing” from the Stafford poem “Juncos,” which describes the birds as wearing “their clean little coveralls.”
     – Courtesy of Lake Oswego Reads