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Date: October 3, 2005
Media Contact: Elizabeth Homan, 301-251-7970; Steve Simon, 301-251-7952

Montgomery College Hosts Inter-Media Exhibit of Poems and Drawings
Works from Colored Pencil Society of America, Poets Anonymous, and Lake Anne Poets on Display through Oct. 30

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An exhibit of poems and colored pencil drawings inspired by each other’s art form, entitled “Pen & Pencil,” is on display at Montgomery College’s Communication Arts Technologies (CAT) Gallery through October 30. An opening reception and poetry reading will be held Saturday, October 15 at 4 p.m. The reception and poetry reading are free and open to the public. The CAT Gallery is located in the Technical Center at the Rockville Campus of Montgomery College.

Two innovative poetry groups, Poets Anonymous and Lake Anne Poets, have joined forces to collaborate with well-known visual artists of the local chapter of the Colored Pencil Society of America (CPSA). The poets selected an existing drawing by their partner that inspired them to create a new poem, and the CPSA artists selected an existing poem by their poet-partner that inspired them to create a new drawing. A total of 52 pieces of art are on display at the CAT Gallery.

This is the first time Poets Anonymous has partnered with another poetry group to work with visual artists in a project to inspire the creation of cross-media art. This is also the first time Poets Anonymous has teamed exclusively with CPSA artists. The resulting creations demonstrate the collaborative synergy and multiple layers of interpretation and experience that can be achieved through cross-media inspiration.

Samuel Hurst, founder of Poets Anonymous and one of the leaders of the project, and Barbara Quast, a visual artist, developed the concept of Large Group Inter-inspirational Art in 1995. Since then, Poets Anonymous has organized and participated in more than a dozen projects, including two on an international level. 

Gallery hours are Monday–Thursday, 9 a.m.–10 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m.–3 p.m.; and Saturday, 9 a.m.–1 p.m. For more information about the “Pen & Pencil” exhibit or the Communication Arts Technologies program at Montgomery College, contact Professor Mike Cantwell at 301-251-7535 or e-mail  For more information about Poets Anonymous, contact Samuel Hurst at 202-646-2172 (days), 703-569-4887 (evenings), or e-mail


Montgomery College is a public, open admissions community college with campuses in Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park/Silver Spring, plus workforce development/continuing education centers and off-site programs throughout Montgomery County, Md.  The College serves more than 55,000 students a year, through both credit and noncredit programs, in more than 100 areas of study.

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