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The Visual Poetry of Nancy Howe

Amazingly, Nancy Howe is a self-taught artist

Nancy HoweShe began developing her art seriously in 1988 from her rural studio in Vermont.  Her paintings in oils exhibit a refined quality of realism and quiet presence that emphasize light and strong design. They span the range of subject matter from animals and birds, to landscape, still life, and King Eidersfigures.Howe made history in 1990 by being selected as the first woman artist in the history of the U.S. Department of Interior’s Federal Duck Stamp Program, established in 1934, and her artwork became the design for the 1991-2 stamp.




Liquid Light, Frozen Shadows

Liquid Light, Frozen Shadows, Oil on Belgian Linen, 18 x 26, 2013.
On view this fall at the Woodson Art Museum’s Birds in Art exhibit.
















She has been a signature member of the Society of Animal Artists since 1992 and a signature member of Oil Painters of America since 2002.  Her paintings have become part of several museum permanent collections and been the recipient of numerous national exhibition awards.  She has been a contributing artist in several art publications, including the 2001 Wildlife Art: Sixty Contemporary Masters and Their Work.  For more information, go to:


Grace Note,  Oil on Belgian Linen, 26 x 21, 2011

Grace Note, Oil on Belgian Linen, 26 x 21, 2011

In 2007 Howe created a fundraising project, “Painting a Brighter Future for Women”, in partnership with The Boma Project,  The project is a series of original oil paintings of the native pastoral nomadic people of northern Kenya, and fine art giclee prints from these images, the sale of which benefit women in these communities. It expanded in 2011 to include other areas of the world, including Bhutan in 2011 and the Kuna Indians of the San Blas Islands of Panama in 2012.

We will be recording Nancy in the fall of 2013.

Nancy has generously made several paintings available for  Story Preservation Initiative’s Silent Auction, which will take place in August 2013.

Bruce McEver ⎟ At the Intersection of Ethics, Education, and Economy


H. Bruce McEver has spent the better part of his life building connections between those things about which he is passionate: poetry, literacy, religion, and business.

He holds degrees from Georgia Tech, Harvard Business School, and Harvard Divinity School and is the Founder and Chairman of Berkshire Capital, a multi-national financial services advisory firm that pioneered the concept of providing independent merger, acquisition, and strategic advisory services to investment managers and securities firms.

It may come as a surprise to learn that Bruce believes that poetry formed the foundation of his business acumen and success. 

Poetry has the capacity to transform and enrich the lives of both writers and readers of poems.


Bruce’s story, although rich in the prelude, begins for our purposes in 1968, the year he graduated from Georgia Tech with a degree in Industrial Engineering, a proficiency in mathematics, a reverence for nature, and, thanks to a great teacher, a newly found passion for poetry. In the intervening years, he has gone on to write three chapbooks and is the author of two books of poetry Full Horizon (Jeanne Duval Editions, 2005) and Scaring Up the Morning (C&R Press, 2013). In addition, his poems have appeared in many national publications including: Ploughshares, Westview, The Berkshire Review, Courtland Review, The Atlanta Review and others.

In 2002, giving back to the school that gave so much to him, Bruce, together with Henry C. Bourne, Jr., established Poetry at Tech, working to ensure that in a highly specialized and technological environment students’ aptitudes in the humanities are nurtured and supported as a foundation for life-long learning. Believing that access to the broader aspects of liberal arts, including poetry, literature, and travel, will better enable students to understand the context and impact of the specialized education they are gaining.  The Poetry at Tech program has evolved into one of the premier showcases of poetry in the Southeast.

To listen to Bruce talk about Poetry at Tech in a video titled “Poetry at Work”, go to:

Others agree:  The poet Tony Hoagland, in an article written for Harper’s Magazine, makes the case that poetry, among other things, teaches the ethical nature of choice, respects solitude and self-discovery, and builds our capacity for imaginative thinking.  Reference: Twenty Little Poems That Could Save America, found at:

And former US Poet Laureate Billy Collins is involved in Poetry 180, a joint project with the Library of Congress that is working to bring poetry into American high schools.  See:

The study of religion has played an equally important role in his life, both personal and business.

From The Foundation for Religious Literacy (TFRL) website:

TFRL was created by Bruce McEver and Ronald Thiemann to foster inter-religious literacy and understanding among leaders in business, education, journalism, law, and politics. The Foundation supports educational outreach programs that assist leaders in realizing how religion affects the global society in which we live.

Religious literacy and inter-religious understanding enable a deeper appreciation of the cultures within which we conduct our work. Sympathetic understanding of the religious influences that shape the workplace enhance professional effectiveness, ethical leadership, and personal conduct.

He also was the visionary benefactor behind Harvard University’s Business Across Religious Traditions (BART) program, through which he and Ron Thiemann created educational modules on economic ethics in Buddhism, Confucianism, Christianity, Taoism, Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism. Programs have been offered in Boston, London, New York City, and San Francisco, often in collaboration with local Harvard Business School Clubs.

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