ARTEMIS JOURNAL will be featuring daily the art and poetry from our journals throughout the years. Today’s artist is Linda Atkinson who has been involved with Artemis throughout the years, serving on our Board of Directors in the 1990’s and has been a regular contributor to our journal.
Artemis Journal 2016 is almost sold out due to an enthusiastic response from our readers. We will put in a new print order to fulfill the demand. Order now if you are interested in supporting a small press and owning our latest edition.
“Art is essential. It heals us and keeps what life is all about real. It gives us hope,” said Jeri Rogers at the launch of the new Artemis Journal, the regional literary and art journal that she founded.
Rogers – a Floyd resident, professional photographer and editor of Artemis – thanked the Roanoke Arts Commission and the Taubman Museum of Art for their collaboration in hosting the special event, which began with a wine and cheese reception and featured a talk by Virginia Poet Laureate Ron Smith.
Smith –a writer in residence at St. Christopher’s School in Richmond with several published poetry collections – has three poems in the current journal. From the Taubman theater podium, he read those and others and engaged the audience with questions and answers, giving insight into the writing process.
By Jeri Rogers
While most of us are distracted by the trendy and fashionable, what really sustains, enriches and heals us are the arts and their legacy. Artists and writers are our visual story tellers creating bridges of understanding and healing.
I know this from a personal level. I was raised in southwest Texas. The art of Georgia O’Keefe, Monet, Ansel Adams, and Picasso were my early artistic influences. “Earth laughs in flowers”, Ralph Waldo Emerson reminds us with his unique vision into the natural world. “Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead”.
Betty Branch earned both her BA and MA in Studio Art from Hollins University. Proficient in both Painting and Sculpture, Betty served as an apprentice to acquire technical skills at Miles and Generalis Sculpture Services in Philadelphia, and then embarked on periods of independent study to expand and reinforce her knowledge of art history and art techniques in Greece, Italy, and the Bahamas. She spent a portion of many years working at Nicoli Studios in Carrara, Italy. And notably, she was the only American Exhibitor invited to the first Salon International de la Sculpture Contemporaine in Paris, 1990.
The Poet’s Poet
Virginia’s new poet laureate on the physicality of poetry, what drew him in – and his college life on the gridiron.
By Brent Baldwin