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This nearly square, abstract painting is filled with circles within circles, like nested rings, each of a single bright color against the ivory color of the canvas. Each ring is made up of a series of short, rectangular strokes and some bands are narrower while others are a bit wider. The majority of the rings are crimson and brick reds, and they’re interspersed with several bands of lapis blue, two army green rings, and two pale pink rings. The single pumpkin orange band is the smallest, innermost ring at the center. There is one aqua colored ring just inside the lone white ring, which is the first to get cut by the edges of the canvas. A few red, green, and blue rings beyond the white band are only seen at the corners of the canvas.

Alma Thomas, Pansies in Washington, 1969, acrylic on canvas, Corcoran Collection (Gift of Vincent Melzac), 2015.19.144

Poetry: Alma Thomas’s View from Above

  • Saturday, September 25, 2021
  • 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Registration Required
  • Virtual Program

Guided by local teaching artist Mary Hall Surface

Discover how poetry can help you explore, connect with, and respond to art. Come play with diverse poetic forms and find inspiration in the colorful compositions of Alma Thomas. This creative writing workshop is designed for the curious and will accommodate writers of all levels.

You will need your preferred writing implements or software for this workshop.

Questions? Send a message to [email protected].

Made possible by a grant from the Alice L. Walton Foundation.