2018-06-09 / News

Island Photographers and Poets Featured in Milford Art Exhibit


Natalia Wohletz and her father, Dan, enjoy the Poetry and Art Night reception at Milford in March. They and Natalia’s mother, Jennifer, entered art accompanied by the poetry of Philip Rice and Susan Allen, all of which was featured in the exhibit hosted by the Village Fine Arts Association. (Photograph by Jennifer Wohletz) Natalia Wohletz and her father, Dan, enjoy the Poetry and Art Night reception at Milford in March. They and Natalia’s mother, Jennifer, entered art accompanied by the poetry of Philip Rice and Susan Allen, all of which was featured in the exhibit hosted by the Village Fine Arts Association. (Photograph by Jennifer Wohletz) Artwork and poetry by Mackinac Island artists was featured in the 2018 Poetry and Art Night Exhibit hosted by the Village Fine Arts Association in Milford, which was on display in March and April. Photographer Jennifer Wohletz and her daughter, Natalia, a printmaker, and her husband and fellow photographer, Dan, created two-dimensional art that was accompanied by poetry by Susan Allen and Philip Rice.

Nine pairings were selected as finalists for the show and three of the works were recognized with awards.

Receiving third place honors and the Village Fine Arts Association Award of Merit was Mrs. Wohletz’s photograph “Mist Over Blue Ice” and Dr. Rice’s poem “First Snow.”


Above: Jennifer Wohletz’s photograph, “Mist Over Blue Ice,” and Dr. Rice’s poem, “First Snow,” received third place honors and the Village Fine Arts Association Award of Merit. Above: Jennifer Wohletz’s photograph, “Mist Over Blue Ice,” and Dr. Rice’s poem, “First Snow,” received third place honors and the Village Fine Arts Association Award of Merit. Dr. Rice’s poem “The East Bluff,” which was paired with Mr. Wohletz’s photograph “Ice Orbs,” earned the Honorable Mention Poetry Award.

Miss Wohletz’s linoleum block print “Home – Sunset View,” which was accompanied by Ms. Allen’s poem “Hungry Eye,” received the Honorable Mention Art Award.

The program offered the artists an opportunity to collaborate in the creative process, Mrs. Wohletz said, whether drawing inspiration from the poems or vice versa. Miss Wohletz and her mother have participated in the exhibit for three years.


Philip Rice’s poem, “The East Bluff,” which was paired with this photograph, “Ice Orbs,” by Dan Wohletz, earned the Honorable Mention Poetry Award in the Village Fine Arts Association Poetry and Art Night exhibit this year. Philip Rice’s poem, “The East Bluff,” which was paired with this photograph, “Ice Orbs,” by Dan Wohletz, earned the Honorable Mention Poetry Award in the Village Fine Arts Association Poetry and Art Night exhibit this year. “It was fun to work together with Sue and Philip to express our creative visions in the written and visual art forms,” she said. “Working with fellow Islanders made it easy to pair our artwork because they share our love of Mackinac.”

The Poetry and Art Night inspired the Poetic Visions of Mackinac program, which is a collaboration between the Mackinac Island Public School and Mackinac Arts Council.

First Snow

By Philip Rice, original unpublished

I love the way the light changes when it snows how when you awake after the night of a November storm your room is filled


At left: Natalia Wohletz’s linoleum block print ,“Home – Sunset View,” which was accompanied by Susan Allen’s poem “Hungry Eye,” received the Honorable Mention Art Award in the Village Fine Arts Association Poetry and Art Night exhibit. At left: Natalia Wohletz’s linoleum block print ,“Home – Sunset View,” which was accompanied by Susan Allen’s poem “Hungry Eye,” received the Honorable Mention Art Award in the Village Fine Arts Association Poetry and Art Night exhibit. with a pale, diffuse glow and you know, beyond any doubt that winter is here at last

despite this, when you rise out of bed and draw the curtains to reveal a world remade in shades of white, you gasp

THE EAST BLUFF

By Philip Rice, original unpublished

What has come to pass by this island?

What lights have drifted along the glossy waters,

Up the edge of our smaller world?

A great floating orb–a beautiful boat comes

Around the bend– somebody, quick, look at the radar,

Where is the Pearl Mist headed in all her shining splendor

Which surely gives Venus a run for her hard-earned money–

Ah yes, of course, to Sault Ste. Marie, where else?

And what was the name of that

poet, you know, the

One who wrote so beautifully about silence and

Summer? Can somebody please look it up? I can’t

Recall her name. I guess all poets have written

About those things. I’ll think of it later.

It will come to me.

By the way, whatever became of asking the stars

About our fate without ever knowing their names–

Whatever became, after all, of naming the stars to begin with?

Whatever became of sailing into the mist, toward

The edge of a bigger world, not knowing if you

Would ever arrive, let alone return.

Hungry Eye

By Susan Allen, original unpublished

A view can sustain me

Spooned from the sea and sky, it feeds my hungry eyes

The platinum bridge, its twin towers scrawl an M from South to North, surely protein

The crenulated waves cresting upon a silver fondant, dessert

Mossy green Round Island, a salad,

And all the sky sweeping edge to edge, filling in the places, empty, glorious calories for the starving heart

I am gluttonous for this feast

When mainland meals with their busy confections bring rampant indigestion

My heart rumbles for the big eight-course view.

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