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An Art Exhibition
Ekphrastic Poetry Competition


In the Purple Urchin Online Gallery

The 2023 Ekphrastic Celebration gallery is now open!

Welcome to the 2023 Ekphrastic Gallery!

These amazing artists have put together a splendid showcase based around the theme “Ushering in Spring with Haiku.”

Additionally, this is the first year we will be holding a live, in-person Ekphrastic Celebration event! Please join the poets, artists, NAC members, and contributors alike for an evening of live poetry reading and art appreciation at 7 pm on July 25th at Lighthouse Bistro, located on Nanaimo’s Waterfront. Most prominently, the event will feature contributions from the judges and winners of the Ekphrastic Celebration!

Check out the top placing poetry below by clicking on the top placing artwork!