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Ardest Gallery hosts Ekphrastic Poetry Reading with Texas Poet Laureate Dave Parsons

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On the evening of Saturday, July 29, Ardest Gallery, the new local local fine arts gallery located in The Woodlands, held an Ekphrastic Poetry Reading with Dave Parsons, 2011 Texas State Poet Laureate.

Dave Parsons read and discussed the ekphrasis process and his and other poets’ poems in response to the artwork that includes iconic paintings of contemporary artists and those of some of the masters such as Gustave Courbet, Auguste Renoir, and Van Gogh. Ekphrasis derives its meaning from the Greek words ek (out) and phrazein (tell). Ekphrasis denotes “telling in full.”

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A longtime resident and arts advocate of the Montgomery County community, Parsons is the author of six books of poetry, co-editor of the anthology, Far Out: Poems of the 60s, and has a memoir forthcoming from TCU Press, Austin Relativity: Coming of Age in the 60s. He is an Adjunct Professor of English at Lone Star College and Co-director of the Montgomery County Literary Arts Council. He is the co-founder of the Greater Conroe Arts Alliance and was inducted into the Texas Institute of Letters in 2009. He has four grown children and lives with his wife, award-winning artist Nancy Dazey Parsons.

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Ardest Gallery, a local fine arts gallery curated by Gallery Director Julie Verville, represents nearly 40, top Texas 2D and 3D visual artists. In addition to its core artists, the gallery will host ongoing events such as monthly group art shows, Coffee Talk with an Artist, Art to Lunch in partnership with local restaurants, poetry readings, musical performances, and art classes/workshops for all ages and skill levels. Ardest Gallery is located at at 25200 Grogan’s Park Drive, The Woodlands, TX 77380. View upcoming events and classes at