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Cumming Library hosts poetry print exhibit

by Lindsey Conway

February 17, 2014

CUMMING, Ga. — The Cumming Library will display the exhibit "No Small Measure: Collaborations between Artists and Poets," a portfolio of letterpress-printed broadsides, now through March 24.

A broadside includes a one-page poem with letterpress-printed text as well an illustration or design to compliment the poem.

Organized by Margot Ecke, artist, Beth Sale, University of North Georgia curator, and Ezekiel Black, poet, the exhibit includes 15 original broadside prints written and illustrated by a variety of poets and artists.

Funds for the exhibit were received from the University of North Georgia Art Galleries and the Forsyth County Art Alliance.

"The funding will go toward visual artists working in the letterpress tradition. It will also bring more knowledge about the letterpress tradition to Forsyth County residents through a workshop and artist talk, in conjunction with an exhibit at the Cumming Library," said Sale.

In addition to the exhibit, the Cumming Library will also host several exclusive broadside-related programs in February:

Thursday, Feb. 20 at 6:30 p.m. The library will host a poetry reading of the 15 pieces. Guest readers will include local authors and artists such as Gloria Bennett, Black, Karen Dodson, Kyle McCord, Samuel Prestridge, B.J. Robinson and Heidi Staples. No registration is required.

Saturday, Feb. 22 from 1 to 3:30 p.m. The library will host a broadside artist workshop, facilitated by Ecke. Each participant will be supplied with a one-page letterpress poem to illustrate. The workshop is limited to 25 participants. Register online at the library's website to attend.

Saturday, Feb. 22 at 4 p.m. The library will host a lecture led by Ecke, who will discuss the history of broadsides in America and famous poets and printers who popularized the art form. The lecture will showcase the methods, tools and expertise used to create broadsides. No registration is required.

For more information about the exhibit or programs, please visit