Featuring Lowcountry Artists Norma Morris Cable and Kathy Clark .
Lowcountry Artists Gallery, 148 East Bay Street, Charleston, SC, will feature an exhibition of new works by artists Norma Morris Cable and Kathy Clark, inspired by the well known poem of Joyce Kilmer, from May 5 to June 2, 2017. A reception will be held at the Gallery on May 5, from 5pm to 8pm.
Who is Joyce Kilmer?
When vacationing in the NC Appalachian mountains, we came upon the Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forrest. Who was Joyce Kilmer? And, why is the forest designated as a memorial to him? Having always been fascinated with all types of trees, we couldn’t wait to solve the mystery. The only way to see the memorial was on foot. As we entered the area, we were surrounded by magnificent towering ancient trees in a peaceful wilderness setting. What a fitting tribute to Joyce Kilmer, the author of the poem, ‘Trees’. His poem echoed constantly in our heads while, climbing the two mile moss covered trail featuring wildflowers and towering tulip poplars. We learned that some of the trees were over 450 years old, over 20 feet in diameter, and more than 100 feet high. This stand of virgin forest was set aside to serve as a fitting memorial to Joyce Kilmer, a WWI solder killed in action in World War 1 and poet most famous for his poem, ‘Trees’.
Norma Morris Cable and Kathy Clark teamed up to paint various trees that were inspired by the well known poem of Kilmer. You won’t have to breathlessly climb up a trail, just come to our gallery, Lowcountry Artists at 148 East Bay, to reflect on the poem as you enjoy ‘TREES’.
“I think that I shall never see a poem as lovely as a tree.
A tree whose hungry mouth is prest against the earth’s sweet flowing breast.
A tree that looks at God all day and lifts her leafy arms to pray.
A tree that my in summer wear a nest of robins in her hair.
Upon whose bosom snow has lain. Who intimately lives with rain.
Poems are made by fools like me, but only God can make a tree.”
by, Joyce Kilmer
Although we didn’t recognize his name, of course we knew his poem! Simple thoughts of nature at its best.