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Words as art
Averitt displays Dublin artists Painted Poetry exhibit
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Carol Porter (center, in black blouse) talks with attendees Friday evening during the opening night reception for an exhibit of her work, titled "Painted Poetry," at the Averitt Center for the Arts. - photo by JASON WERMERS/staff

    An author who harnesses the power of words can write colorful poems and vivid books. But when an artist taps into the power of words, the result can be visually dramatic.
    This was Dublin artist Carol Porter’s goal when she took some of her favorite words and made paintings out of them.
The Averitt Center for the Arts is showcasing an exhibit of her work. It hosted an opening night reception Friday. 
    Porter has been painting for 20 years. She mainly painted for charities, but has just recently started showing her work. She started integrating her favorite quotes or poems into her work with her sons. 
    “I started out wanting to impart wisdom more than justY saying it once,” Porter said. “So I would write backwards on the bathroom wall behind the mirror these wonderful quotes I found, when they were brushing their teeth they would have to read them. Then I thought, ‘That’s good, maybe I should include that in my art.’”
    Porter describes her art as a “representation of life.” The vibrant images take the viewer on a journey, she said.
“It’s very chaotic and very colorful, it’s just like life. If you lose the chaos, then you can find the messages of peace and wisdom that come through the art,” she said.
    Porter’s artwork brings a new artistic dimension to the Averitt Center, gallery coordinator Sheila Stewart-Leach said. 
     “Carol is obviously an accomplished painter,” Stewart-Leach said. “She integrates her favorite poems or quotes from literature or the Bible. It’s unique in that her work uses other people’s real work.”
Patrick and Theresa Novotny sponsored the reception. Theresa Novotny is on the Averitt’s Board of the Directors and connected artist Carol Porter to the center.
    “One of the ways we have centers like the Averitt Center and the Emma Kelly Theater is through sponsorship,” Theresa Novotny said. “Without sponsorships, these types of programs couldn’t really happen. We just love and appreciate art.”
During the reception, people leisurely walked through the gallery taking in Porter’s artwork. Many viewers enjoyed the paintings as they snacked on hors d'oeuvres and sipped wine.
“I think it’s lovely,” attendee Karen Wells said. “I have heard a lot about her.”
Porter’s artwork will be displayed in the Averitt Center until Sept. 7. The center is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

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