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What Follows

The Birthing, 2019, mixed media on paper, 22″ x 30″

The Art of Grief and What Follows
Paintings and Writings by Tremain Smith


May 1 thru June 1, 2019

Old City Jewish Arts Center
119 North 3rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
215-627-2792
Gallery Hours: Mon-Fri 10-5, Sat & Sun 12-5
www.ocjac.org
www.tremainsmith.com

May 3, 5-9 pm: First Friday Opening
Sun, May 19, 2-4 pm: Art & writing workshop led by the artist
Wed, May 29, 6-8 pm: Closing Reception/Poetry Reading

All events are free and open to the public.

Rare Orchid

Let it blossom in its time
Let it unfold of its own accord
Slowly gently imperceptibly 
Like that rare orchid you spoke of, Mom
It’s multiplied
In my window in the light of my window
protected by the pine and nestled in peace 
Brand new bold stems have come 
It’s you.
I made it, Mom. I made it through the grief.
I’m happy now. I’m living again.
Changed and sustained by your life and death I love you.
You fell into my soil
like the leaves from the trees
Bountifully nourishing my essence
I grow,
strong, deep, solid
I can touch the sky
I touch the sky indeed.
You smile.
Ever my encourager, now you are my guide, my holy being.

Remember how we said as you were leaving this earth:
“I place myself in the hands of holy beings.”

I do that now, while still on earth.
Thank you.
Always.
That line that stretches back
Before time
And forever
That’s where I meet you
Thank you to Tremain Smith for the content of this post.

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Waxing Poetic

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Waxing Poetic

Lyric Fest unveils an exciting new commission from LF’s first ever composer in residence, Kile Smith. This cross-fertilization of visual, poetic and musical arts features works of four Philadelphia poets inspired by Laura Pritchard’s imaginative paintings of fine-art batik. Join us for a unique and lively art happening ~ art viewing, poetry reading and musical premiere all wrapped in one. With baritone, David Teadt and mezzo soprano, Suzanne DuPlantis and Laura Ward, piano.You are invited to an extraordinary collaboration of paintings, poetry, and song. – Lyric Fest

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“Waxing Poetic, presented by Lyric Fest features my paintings and the premier of the song cycle In This Blue Room by composer Kile Smith. The lyrics are the poems written in response to my paintings by poets Julia Blumenreich, Susan Fleshman, Siobhan Lyons, and Donna Wolf-Palacio.

Susan DuPlantis, mezzo soprano, Daniel Teadt, baritone, Laura Ward, piano, and Kaylee Goodwin and Jake Miller, readers, perform. Come join us for a glass or two of wine and experience this multi-dimensional event.” – Laura Pritchard

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Friday, March 13, 2015 at 7:30pm in Widener Hall at The Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill and Sunday, March 15, 2015 at 3pm at The Academy of Vocal Arts.

Venue and Parking Information:
The Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill
8855 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19118, http://www.chestnuthillpres.org/about/contact/location/ (On-site and street parking available)
Academy of Vocal Arts, Helen Corning Warden Theater
1920 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103, http://avaopera.org/venue/warden.php near Rittenhouse Square. (Garage parking at 226 W. Rittenhouse Square or 1945 Walnut Street)

The Fantastic World of Laura Pritchard, video by John Thornton

“Some who have inquired about the event, Waxing Poetic, (information in previous post). My paintings are part of this multidimensional experience that involves performance of poetry and song. The paintings are not being exhibited separately. However, my other work is often available for viewing (for free!) at galleries throughout the Philadelphia area. I would be happy to add you to my mailing list so that you receive information about future shows. I have lots of thoughts re. the relationship of time and art which I will not expound about here but this exhibition/performance is going to be worth every nickel. . . .” – Laura Pritchard

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