February is the month of celebrating love, and for those who dare, there’s nothing more romantic than giving a poem to your beloved. Lyric poems, free verse, ballads, limericks, haikus, or sonnets--take your pick. Island poets will be in residence at VALISE on Saturdays during February to write custom poems and letters. Personalized poetry recordings and 1-1 performances will be available.
Art that interacts and plays with words fills the Gallery, including: Jessie Johnson’s “A Dozen Roses,” with each rose created in text and inspired by a different poet; Pascale Judet’s drawing of a woman taking refuge in nature with words in French; Dot Cherch's warm mixed media of love and home; Sharon Shaver’s paintings of animals and humans paired with original sonnets; and Julian Dahl's short experimental Super 8 film installation will be playing, along with other work by members of the collective.
One wall in the Gallery will be designated "The Wall of Devotion" for the Vashon community to leave love poems and notes. Come bear your heart and share your love on the VALISE wall.