Museum offering painting class
The Ormond Memorial Art Museum will host an adult plein air acrylic painting in the garden class from 1:30 to 3:30 each Tuesday beginning April 2.
The cost of the three-week class is $80 for members and $90 for non-members.
Spend afternoons learning how to paint organic shapes, form and color in the natural landscape of our beautiful gardens. Students will learn to capture the essence, light and color of a scene in an impressionistic way.
The instructor will provide a list for students to furnish their own supplies, including an easel.
To register, call (386) 676-3347 or visit ormondartmuseum.org.
Poetry slam planned
Cinematique will continue the popular Late & Local series on Saturday, March 30, with a spoken word poetry slam.
The weekly series includes first-look festival films, improv comedy, live music, cult classic cinema and the fifth Saturday of the month will feature a spoken word poetry slam. All shows start at 9:30 p.m. and are $5.
Poetry slams are an opportunity for poets to show off their talent in competition. Students from Bethune-Cookman University's Tongues of Fire spoken-word performances will be on hand to show their often dramatic, rhythmic, high-energy poetry. The event also will include poets showcased in Bethune-Cookman History Professor Raphael Jackson's anthology, Jackson's Temple.
The March 30 poetry slam will feature a competition between an Orlando contingent of spoken-word poetry performers and Daytona area poets, but poets from the general public are encouraged to come and compete, too.
The competition is limited to 12 poets, early registration is suggested. First prize is $50 cash. Second prize a $25 Cinematique gift certificate.
The Cinematique Theater is at 242 S. Beach St. For more information and competition rules, visit www.cinemaique.org.
To register for the competition, call (386) 252-3118.
Poetry class offered
Creative Happiness Institute, a non-profit educational organization, will offer a series of poetry classes as a fund-raiser for future literary events.
The purpose of the classes will be to help poets at any level to write better poetry. Sessions will be from 7 to 9 p.m. on April 4 and May 2.
Classes will include:
guidelines for what makes good or bad poetry
exercises to help write strong poetic images
tools to better edit and revise poems.
advice on publishing and performing poetry.
The classes will be taught by the institute's director, Dr. Mark Axelrod, whose credentials include a master's degree. from the Johns Hopkins University Writing Seminars; a master's degree from the University of Iowa Writing Workshops and a Ph.D. from Union Institute.
Dr. Axelrod has won three Fulbright Awards, including his being the first official Poet in Residence in the People's Republic of China. In addition to teaching creative writing and poetry for more than 40 years, internationally and in the State University of New York system, 20 of his books of poetry have been published and his poetry has been translated into 15 languages.
Space in the classes will be limited to 10 poets. The cost will be $15 per workshop or $50 prepaid in advance for all four workshops. Reservations are required at least one week before class.
For more information or to register, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (386) 337-4567.
Book signing slated
Author Marguerite Rocholl will sign her memoir "Before You Were Born" from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, March 23, at
Jason's Corner at 135 Canal St., New Smyrna Beach.
"Before You Were Born" is also available on Amazon.com and at major book stores.
New Smyrna Beach library hosts blackout poetry contest
Poetry has been described as writing without rules, and there's a new form of poetry that defies even that rule.
With blackout poetry, a writer creates a poem by taking a book page and using a marker to delete the words he or she doesn't want.
The Friends of the New Smyrna Beach Library invite Volusia County teens to submit their blackout poems for judging and cash prizes of $75, $50 and $25. Prizes will be available in two categories -- middle school and high school.
Entry forms are available at the library. Students may use a book page provided by the library or a page of their own that is 5 inches by 7 inches or less. For more information, call the library at (386) 424-2910, Ext. 111.
Entries must be received by 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 12, at 1001 S. Dixie Freeway.
Participants will share their poems at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, at the library.
Open house planned
The Port Orange Parks & Recreation Department and Bertha Kirby's Painting will host a free open house from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Monday, March 25, at the Port Orange Adult Center, 4790 S. Ridgewood Ave.
Come and view works of watercolor, acrylics and oils by the students.
There will be a special exhibit of photographs taken by members of the Port Orange Camera Club painted by some of the artists.
Light refreshments will be served.
For more information, call (386) 506-5867.