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“The Gratitude Project”: Paintings and Poetry of the Poets Laureate by Hilda Demsky

“The Gratitude Project”: Paintings and Poetry of the Poets Laureate by Hilda Demsky

November 1st – November 29

I’m a Larchmont artist (lived here for 50 years). member of Mamaroneck Artists Guild, have given workshops and am very involved in the Larchmont community. On Thanksgiving 2020, The New York Times invited poets laureate of the United States to submit, in 100 words or less, “what the people in their States would be thankful for” after the difficult year of COVID 19. More than thirty State poets laureate responded. After reading the submitted verses, I felt deeply grateful to each of the poets laureate for their beautiful words. I was inspired to create a series of paintings interpreting each State poet’s submission to capture visually the spirit of the poetry.  My oil paintings are on 20” X 16” on canvas and contain geographic elements, symbolic use of color, and a subliminal outline of the State within it. My proposed art exhibit, entitled “The Gratitude Project”, highlights The New York Times articles, the responding poets laureate poems, and the paintings they have inspired.


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