The Cream Literary Alliance in West Palm Beach is hosting an event on climate change and I’ve been invited as the featured presenter to show my photographs, read a few poems, and discuss how my work is in support of the love of nature. This 90-minute program is part of the Norton’s Art After Dark series — free events at the museum on Friday nights.
I am grateful to be included in this program. The Norton is personal and special to me. I used to attend the earlier Art After Dark events when I was caring for my mom in Palm Beach. She was in her 90’s and had Alzheimer’s. Visits to the Norton were ‘artist dates’ for me, both recharging my creativity and resetting my mood when the going got tough. They’ve undergone an expansion in the past two years; it was already huge and richly populated when I was last there. Being able to see the changes in person — as a guest artist — is a peak experience for me.
Can you come? If not, please share it with your south Florida friends. We’ll have several poets reading their work, a presentation by the West Palm Beach Mayor’s Sustainability group, and my poetry and photography. You can also share the hashtag, #nortonnow. Art After Dark runs from 5-10 pm, so we’ll have plenty of time to visit outside of the program.
Things Fall Apart
Friday, 11 October 2019
Norton Museum of Art
1450 S. Dixie Highway
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
I like this idea of using my images and words to create an activist-style poster. I’d love to see any pics of how and where you use it. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or post them to Instagram and tag me @roxannedarling.
From Ann Mallen, The Cream Literary Alliance:
As Roxanne explored her personal relationship to nature in her recent talk at the Norton, she shared her courageous and intimate encounters with Mother Earth. In doing so, I believe she is asking for a deeper acceptance of the female qualities in all of us, no matter our gender. Her work asks us to honor ourselves and our bodies, as part of the natural world. We humans have forgotten that we and nature are one. Only by recognizing this can we begin to solve the problems of climate change. Her presentation moved many to tears as her vulnerability displayed quiet courage and a call to self-acceptance.