Walking Around: Poetry, Photos and Paintings of Carnegie
November 2, 2017, 7:00 p.m.
Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall
Observations and findings from walks around Carnegie, finding insights in everyday things and events, the extraordinary in the ordinary, including a poetry reading and exhibit of photos and paintings.
It’s been a while since I had the chance to have a poetry reading, and I’ve always included my art and photography because all those inspirations come from the same place. The most amazing things and thoughts can be found just walking around in your own back yard, literally or metaphorically. I’m expanding the boundaries beyond Carnegie’s outline to the surrounding communities and areas along Chartiers Creek.
I’ll have a dozen poems as well as new paintings and and photos I’ve added to my earlier exhibits, My Home Town, Carnegie Photographed and Of Harps and Fig Leaves as well as The Light in the Darkness and Foggy Morning Walk.
The event is free and I’d love to know if I’ll see you!
The poems I’ll read were inspired by my neighborhood and neighborhoods around me, events, and details of daily life in a small town, and the thoughts I’m led to from that starting point. Here’s a sample:
The dogwoods are blooming up and down my street.
The breaking of the cold,
The unusually warm, brilliant spring day
Has brought my neighbors out to wash cars and cut grass.
Like the returning birds
Their conversations drift and circle from yard to yard
And cross the street on capricious breezes;
We have been put away all winter
Like articles of summer clothing
Our potential at rest,
Yet now, even at night,
Pale, airy clouds of blossoms
Hover in the darkness all over the neighborhood.
poem “Dogwoods” ©2005 Bernadette E. Kazmarski
I participated in the exhibit “Carnegie Painted” from 2000 until 2010, entering one or more paintings each year. In 2009 I hosted a solo show of all the originals I had plus prints of all the others entitled My Home Town. I’ve continued adding paintings and sketches to that each year including one I just painted last month.
From familiar scenes of Main Street to details of the flowers in the planters and the geese along Chartiers Creek, I’ve walked through town and around it with a camera for nearly two decades. Many photos were used for websites and flyers and promotions, but many more are just nice photos of seasons, day and night, unique sights. I’ll have prints on paper and canvas and a limited number of framed prints as well.
Other photos and art of Carnegie
You can find a special collections in the galleries:
- The Light in the Darkness, featuring winter wildflowers along Chartiers Creek
- Of Harps and Fig Leaves, photos of Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall
- My Home Town, my 2009 art exhibit and ongoing art gallery
You can also visit Today, my photography website, in these categories to see others I’ve taken in between:
I look forward to seeing you if you can make it.
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