Members of the Ormond Beach Art Guild will be displaying their artwork at the Casements in Ormond Beach starting on Oct. 5, and ending Oct. 30.
There will be a reception with refreshments from 6 to 7 p.m. Friday,, Oct. 5. The art is a collection of watercolors, oils, acrylics and pastels done by the members of the Art Guild.
Photography exhibit opens
"Anthology 2012: A Biennial of Contemporary Photography" will be from Oct. 5 to Feb. 3, 2013, at the Southeast Museum of Photography.
An artist's talk and opening reception will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, at 1200 W. International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach.
For detailed exhibition and program information, call (386)506-4475 or visit www.smponline.org.
Daytona Beach becomes literary hot spot
The Florida State Poets Association will host its annual conference Oct. 12-14 at La Playa Hotel and Resort, 2500 N. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach.
With news of the recent passing of Dr. Edmund Skellings, Florida 's State Poet Laureate, what was planned as a tribute to him for more than 30 years of service, will now be a remembrance as well as a tribute, drawing literary and cultural notables from around the state.
The association is not just visiting in Daytona Beach. All four of its new officers are from the area. Running unopposed are Joseph Cavanaugh for president and Mary-Ann Westbrook for secretary, both from Ormond Beach; David B. Axelrod, of Daytona Beach, as vice president; and Judy Krum of DeLand as treasurer. With the new slate, the area will experience a resurgence of literary activities.
Dr. Axelrod, who is coordinating the tribute for the late Dr. Skellings, reports that poets, literary and cultural figures from around the state will be here to honor Dr. Skellings.
The tribute to Dr. Skellings will be free and open to the public from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, Oct.12.
The Saturday conference includes readings, workshops and discussions from "Sunrise on the Beach" at 7 a.m. to open readings that start at 9 p.m.
Dr. Peter Meinke, Poet Laureate of St. Petersburg and often mentioned as a successor to Dr. Skellings as the next Poet Laureate, will be the featured poet for the FSPA conference. He will offer a poetry workshop on Saturday afternoon and a reading at Saturday evening's dinner.
For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call (386) 337-4567.