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Wickford Art Association will hold an opening reception for its 7th annual Poetry and Art on Sept. 13. The exhibit will run through Oct. 6 and is free to the public. Above, a patron of a previous Poetry and Art exhibition looks at some of the work on display.

NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. — The Wickford Art Association has announced their seventh annual Poetry and Art exhibition, with this year’s theme being “Harmony.”

The exhibition, which is set to run from Sept. 13 to Oct. 6 at 36 Beach Street, will feature 41 pieces that were hand selected from a field of nearly 200 entries by Berge Zobian, owner of Gallery Z in Providence, each of which has been paired up with a poem inspired by the individual piece.

All poets were selected by Kim Baker, associate director of administration for the Cotuit Center for the Arts in Cotuit, Mass., with each poet submitting three poems for Baker, who doesn’t see their names, selecting the best poets and assigning them to an art piece with two months to commission the inspired poem in a process called “ekphrasis,” or writing inspired by art.

Both the artwork and poems will be displayed together with their corresponding piece.

This is a departure from last year’s exhibition, whose theme was “Educate, Encourage and Inspire,” when the artwork was commissioned for specific poems.

Neither the artist nor poet know who they are working with until the opening reception, which this year will be held Sept. 13 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and admission is free. The poems will be read alongside their artwork outside overlooking Narragansett Bay.

For Gallery Director Judy Salvadore, “Harmony” is the perfect theme for this year.

“This theme was suggested by the committee chair and everybody loved it because we all feel that we need to be a little more harmonious in the world,” Salvadore said. “We try to keep an upbeat but inspirational theme and we felt like harmony was a good one.”

Though she hasn’t seen this year’s artwork in person yet, Salvadore said she was already impressed by the previews she’s received.

“I’ve only seen the work digitally… but from what I’ve seen, it’s just beautiful, they did a fantastic job,” Salvadore said.

After the opening event on Sept. 13, the exhibition will be open to the public during normal gallery hours, Tuesday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturdays from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. until Oct. 6. A limited edition book featuring the artwork and poetry from the exhibition will be on sale at the gallery and on their website for $25.

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