Paradise Cities: Urban Art in Florida Ekphrastic Workshop

September 10, 2016 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
LitSpace Literary Arts Institute at Morean Arts Center
719 Central Ave
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Keep St. Pete Lit

Participants will write an ekphrastic story or poem inspired by the exhibition, Paradise Cities: Urban Art in Florida.

The exhibition features the work of female artists in the Sunshine State who incorporate a street art aesthetic into their studio practice. Participants include Hilary White of Gainesville, Joelle Dietrick of Tallahassee, and Jennifer Kosharek, Cecilia Lueza and Sarah Sheppard of St. Pete. This show will coincide with the 2nd annual SHINE St. Petersburg Mural Festival.

Participants will pick the artwork that most inspires them (no two writers will write about the same piece) and after viewing the work we will go to a classroom above the gallery to flesh out our thoughts/writing.

For more info about the exhibit:

About the Instructor:
Maureen McDole was born in St. Petersburg. She is a direct descendant of carnies, carpenters and fishermen. This do-it-yourself ethos in her DNA infuses every area of her life. As far back as she can remember she loved to write. Her first book of poems, Exploring My Options, came out in 2006. This was the first title from Summerfolk Press, which she founded with Gabriel Garling. In December 2008, Maureen graduated from USF-St. Petersburg with a BA in English Literature. Her second poetry book, Longing for the Deep End, was released in December 2011. Maureen is currently working on her third collection of poems. In 2013 she graduated from the National Speakers Associations Speakers Academy. She is the recipient of St. Petersburg Art Alliances 2016 MUSE Award for Literary Arts. Maureen has been leading workshops and speaking about creativity for over 15 years. She founded Keep St. Pete Lit because she believes wholeheartedly in the power of literature to change the world.

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