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Hear local words, poems inspired by the elements

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Local ARTful Women fiber artists and well known Bay Area poets are presenting a unique exhibition, "Earth, Water, Fire and Air: Fiber and Poetry," at the The Center for the Arts, through Sunday.

From noon to 2 p.m, Sunday, there will be a special event where the poets will read original poems inspired by fiber artists. A reception will follow. The public is invited to attend.

With focus on the classical ideas of Earth's elements, the four local fiber artists — Sandra Poteet, Ann Sanderson, Lin Schiffner and Gail Sims — have created a series of personal and striking interpretations in cloth. As a group, the ARTful Women have been showing their work together for over five years and have had numerous exhibits regionally throughout California. Individually their work has been exhibited in venues both National and International.

The 16 fiber works are the roots of inspiration for ekphrastic poems created specifically for this exhibition by exceptionally talented writers, according to a press release. Sally Ashton is former Santa Clara County Poet Laureate (2011-2013) and is a faculty member at San Jose State University; Persis Karim is a professor at San Jose State University; Parthenia M. Hicks is Poet Laureate Emerita of Los Gatos (2010-2013), and Jennifer Swanton Brown served as Poet Laureate for Cupertino (2013-2015).

The exhibition promises to be an intriguing opportunity to share the melded work of women skilled in different art forms, the release states. Together they create a beautiful exploration of ancient fundamentals in texture, color and words.

To learn more about the ARTful Women visit: http://www.artfulwomen.net.

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