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Aug. 3 Art Walk features Verity Martin poetry festival

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DCI file photo Cedaredge poet Verity Martin (1930-2016), is the inspiration for the Grand Mesa Arts & Events Center's first poetry festival scheduled for 7-9 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 3.

The August version of Cedaredge's popular First Friday Art Walk will add new wrinkles to its typical menu of artisan booths and restaurant treats. The monthly art walk will take place as usual along Main Street from 5-7 p.m on Friday, Aug. 3, but there will be lots to do inside the new Grand Mesa Arts & Events Center (GMAEC).

That afternoon children and families are invited to visit the GMAEC's art classroom to create hand-print plaques to be added to the center's "Hall of Helping Hands." A donation to the center is requested for each plaque completed.

Then later that day from 7 to 9 p.m. fans of the spoken word will assemble in the Bank of Colorado Theater for a poetry festival. The festival will celebrate the legacy of Verity Martin, the late Cedaredge poet and Colorado native who chronicled her love for the west in original poems and stories. Verity was born in 1930 on the high plains of southeastern Colorado and promptly named for the doctor who delivered her. As a child, she survived both the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression. When she was 10, her mother died and Verity began looking after her father and two younger brothers. She later became a teacher, married, and raised four children in Boulder.

Her husband Bill died in 1981 and by then Verity -- who was already skilled in the roles of teacher, mother, and grandmother -- made her way to Cedaredge where she gave full voice to her avocations as author and poet. Poetry led her to the second love of her life when she and local Surface Creek poet, Phil Ellsworth, became companions in their golden years.

Verity died in September 2016 but those who knew and loved her continue to honor her memory in spirit and verse. The Aug. 4 evening of poetry will feature poems by and about Verity as well as other poems shared by participants. Donations will be accepted to cover the cost of building rental with any excess funds going to support the GMAEC. For more information contact karenmcline@yahoo.com

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