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Arts, Culture & Fun: Birds as Metaphors with Elana Amity

Saturday, March 18, 2017

2:00 p.m.4:00 p.m.

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Join Elana Amity as she reads passages from the "The Raven" by Edgar Allen Poe, followed by an art workshop. Participants will create a bird(s) that represents hope, love, anger, fear, faith, or any other emotion inspired by the poem. Elana will give a lesson on drawing birds and offer useful references. Draw, cut and paste, to create birds in your imaginary setting, ending with a brief show and tell. 

About City Birds
Visit Poe Park Visitor Center for our new exhibit City Birds by Elana Amity. The exhibit will be on view at the Poe Park Visitor Center on Tuedays through Saturdays from March 4 through March 29. There will be an opening reception with a Q&A session on Saturday, March 11. 

Raised in the Bronx, Elana Amity visited Poe Park numerous times. As a young child she roamed in and around the cottage, and as a teenager she and her friends danced while a band played in the gazebo. Edgar Allan Poe’s poem "The Raven" was brought to life by her father who loved reciting poetry. Ironically, Poe completed his final revision of "The Raven" while living on 85 Amity Street, now West Third Street, in New York’s Greenwich Village. Amity’s current work includes numerous paintings and monotypes of birds found in New York City’s parks, sidewalks, and window sills. Her birch bark paintings reflect images and textures found in natural settings. Her illustrated poems include the works of Wallace Steven, Edgar Allan Poe, William Wordsworth, and Wilfred Owen.

Artist Bio
New York City artist, Elana Amity, began her career as a teacher and freelance illustrator. She served on the board of the Society of Illustrators for many years. In 1984 she joined the faculty of LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts where she taught illustration, painting and drawing. In 2010 she opened a studio in Manhattan’s Garment District. Her paintings, drawings and prints capture both fleeting and enduring moments of life in cities, nature and beyond. Her work has been exhibited in galleries and public spaces at home and abroad.

Related Events

  • March 11: Opening Reception
  • March 25: Book Presentation: Elana Amity will speak about her illustrated book, The Raven ; and Angel Hernandez, The Bronx County Historical Society will give a talk about Poe and "The Raven"

Admission is free for the Related Events but space is limited. To RSVP please email or call (718) 367-3657.

Image: Elana Amity, Silhouette, 2015, Monotype -


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