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In Conversation with Art -- Deep Ekphrasis at the San Juan Islands Museum of Art

The Artsmith Peer Review Panel has been hard at work reading applications for our 2018 Artist Residency. As we eagerly await their review, here's a little art distraction from my Advanced Composition class at Skagit Valley College. This morning, the staff at the San Juan Islands Museum of Art opened the doors two hours early and allowed our class to visit a stunning exhibit of First Nations artists from the Washington, British Columbia, and Alaska coasts, ranging from Coastal Salish to Northwest Coast Indian to Inuit traditions. The exhibit, Emergence, showcases the works of recent generations while honoring the legacy of their mentors.

After spending time with the exhibits, students then selected a piece whose properties spoke to them in certain ways. Students then did quick sketches to better familiarize themselves and spend time in contemplative, close observation.

Students then did a freewrite, asking the essence of the piece any questions that came to them. Questions ranged …

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