Emily’s Lace Curtains

Emily's Curtains (4th of 4): Grace, Russell Steven Powell oil on canvas, 18x24

Emily’s Curtains Grace (4 of 4), oil on canvas, 18×24

EMILY’S LACE CURTAINS, a suite of four paintings, a photograph, and three poems, will make its debut tonight, Thursday, June 8, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the opening reception for “Changing Perspectives,” my exhibit of 24 new oil and acrylic paintings at the Westhampton Public Library, 1 North Road. Refreshments will be served.

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Emily Dickinson's writing desk and window. (Jonathan A. Wright photo)

Emily Dickinson’s writing desk and window. (Jonathan A. Wright photo)

The series was inspired by an hour poet Jonathan A. Wright and I spent in silence in Emily Dickinson’s bedroom May 1 (two of the poems and the photograph are Jonathan’s).

Many of the two dozen paintings in the exhibit were made in the studio, but there is also work made during recent trips to Florida’s Atlantic coast and the White Mountains.

The exhibit continues through June. More of my paintings are currently on view at Hope and Olive Restaurant in Greenfield, through August.

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Emily's Curtains (1st of 4) Unrest, Russell Steven Powell oil on canvas, 18x24

Emily’s Curtains Unrest (1 of 4), oil on canvas, 18×24

I imagine myself lying in bed

or sitting at my writing table, listening

to the muffled sounds of the household below,

taking the scenery in,

chewing on my pencil.

At times my mind races, lost

in thought. At other times

my mind is quiet.

That is when the poetry begins.

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Emily's Curtains (2nd of 4): Repose, Russell Steven Powell oil on canvas, 14x11

Emily’s Curtains Repose (2 of 4), oil on canvas, 14×11

Bedroom Wall

Rose and vine travel

twine from board to panel,

base mold to ceiling,

door and casing,

in between window sill

and sash and screen.

More and more unseen,

a red and brightened mystery

of green, of figures

warmly dressed and passing

in the hollow in between

the roses and the winter,

no ink or word

or shadow brush

called their own.

— Jonathan A. Wright

Bedroom Window

The table shakes

a little —

traffic and breathless

hanging lace.

Cars and carriages pass

the hearse is last

coming down Main Street

the milk, the ice, the post.

— Jonathan A. Wright

Emily's Curtains (3rd of 4): Imagining, Russell Steven Powell oil on canvas, 18x24
Emily’s Curtains (3rd of 4): Imagining, oil on canvas, 18×24

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