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What a Character

Obituaries are the final stories of our lives. And while they vary in length and detail, even the most cut-and-dried provoke questions about their subject. Poet Hilary DePolo based a series of 32 poems on obituaries she researched, then turned them over to artists who created pieces for Character Sketches, now hanging in the Loveland Museum/Gallery (503 North Lincoln Avenue in Loveland).

While usually resistant to this kind of project, painter Peter Illig admits, "I was knocked out by her work, and so I agreed." Artist Vincent Comparetto concurs: "The idea of pairing a bunch of artists with a poet can be a disaster, but in the case of Hilary, you can tell by the way she writes that she, too, is a visual artist. Her prose elicits imagery."

View DePolo's Character Sketches through March 30; the gallery is open Tuesday through Sunday. Visit or call 1-970-962-2410 for hours.
May 31-Aug. 10, 2008


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