Shirley Woodson/Artists

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Shirley Woodson is a veteran of the arts and is an award-winning artist, a gallerist, educator, administrator and much more.  She has mentored many of today's artists and continues to do so while at the same time creating her own art, writing for art journals, creating poetry, and current president of the National Conference of Artists, Michigan Chapter. 

 

Shirley shares one of her inspired poems, as she pays homage to two of the greats, Betty Carter and Betye Saar.  Shirley allows us to know what is possible if we are dedicated to our art in it's many forms.

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 Photographer Bill Sanders 

 Art by VF

BETTY CARTER SINGS for BETYE SAAR #2

Rip, wrangle, swing, push the tune and glide

Roll it out to rhythms afar free from madrigal

Open  the stars with true blue notes and delicious scatting

And tell me the truth.

Sing to my Red Room

Serenade my Jemima in Full Service

Sooth my questioning of predatory silences

Show me how we keep the magic in a watchful, joyous realm

Choreograph and concertize and sway

Push the tune, open the window to see stars on fire

Experience our hipness as methodology

In our repertoire of truth telling

April 2018

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