During the month of September, Dr. Colette Tennant, Professor of English and Humanities at Corban, shares a wonderful collection of photographic images in the Psalm Visual Arts Gallery. Come view her artistic images of Europe, shown September 1–30, weekdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., in the Psalm Performing Arts Center. Admission is free. Call 503-375-7005 for information.
Tennant has taught at Corban for 14 years. She enjoys writing poetry and music and playing the piano. She serves as advisor for the Pen & Chalice poetry club at the College. She is an active poet with work widely published in journals and anthologies, including Southern Poetry Review, Dos Passos Review, Earth’s Daughters, and Natural Bridge. One of her earlier poems, “Petals on the Ground,” was set to music to memorialize those killed in the tragedy at Columbine. Her first poetry book, Commotion of Wings, was a finalist in Main Street Rag’s poetry book contest and will be published in January 2010.
Colette and her husband, Stuart, have three children: daughter Shannon works for Portland Habitat for Humanity; Jeremy is a Portland musician and entrepreneur; and Andrew is a freshman at Corban.
This show resulted from an invitation Tennant received to give a paper at the Oxford Round Table in July 2007. She used the opportunity to visit and photograph Italy, France and England. Tennant said, “I was awestruck viewing the wonderful art—in Rome’s Borghese Museum, the Vatican Museum, the Roman forum, the Uffizi in Florence, St. Mark’s in Venice, the Paris Louvre, the British Museum, and the National Gallery in London. I sometimes was so overwhelmed I just had to cry.”
She added, “I was thrilled to be seeing, finally, what I’d taught in ‘World Thought’ for so long.”
Psalm Visual Arts Gallery Archive (2012-2013 school year):