2023 SPW Poets & Painters Event

SPW is delighted to announce another Poets and Painters event, in collaboration with the Sangamon Watercolor Society, beginning Friday, October 6!

On that night, the Sangamon Watercolor Society Annual Members Exhibition opens at the Springfield Art Association’s M.G. Nelson Gallery, with a reception from 5:30-7:30 PM. Paintings will remain on exhibition through November 1. See the Gallery web page for hours. You can also view the paintings on our virtual gallery page.

Poets and Painters Event schedule:

October 6, 5:30-7:30 PM: SPW members and friends are invited to the reception at the M.G. Nelson Gallery – but may view the Sangamon Watercolor Society Members Exhibition during any hours the Gallery is open --  to choose one or two paintings to inspire their writing. Images of the paintings will also be available on this website (see this page), for those unable to visit the Gallery.

Note: Because the paintings were not on the website until October 12,  deadlines are revised:

October 20, midnight CDT: Those who want to participate in this event must send an email to springfieldpoetsandwriters@gmail.com to let SPW know which painting(s) they’ve chosen to write about. Although there is no cost to participate, a $5 donation (payable by check  to SPW, PO Box 5357, Springfield IL 62701 or PayPal -- click the "Donate" button) would be appreciated to help defray the cost of the printed event catalog each participant will receive.

October 27, midnight CDT: participants must email their completed written submissions to springfieldpoetsandwriters@gmail.com . These will be printed for display with the corresponding paintings from October 30-November 1.

November 1, 5:30-7:30 PM: Closing reception at the M.G. Nelson Gallery, with readings by the participating writers, and commentary by the artists. The printed event catalog will be distributed to participating writers and to the artists whose work was selected. 

The event was well-attended and appreciated. Another Poets and Painters collaboration at the 2024 Sangamon Watercolor Society was discussed, and is very likely -- we hope you'll join us in October 2024!

Click to see a PDF of the printed catalog for this event.

The catalogs of 2 previous Poets and Painters events may be viewed here and here.