Ekphrastic Writing Workshop: JAcob Lambert's "To The Muse"

Join creative writing instructor Tessa Cheek for an hour-long generative writing workshop in response to 610 Arts Collective's latest exhibition.
This fun and inspiring class is open to writers of every level, from beginner to pro. We'll discuss the ancient art of ekphrastic writing -- i.e. writing in response to a work of art. Through a series of guided viewing and writing exercises, we'll practice both art appreciation and art creation! Bring a notebook, writing utensil and a sense of wonder.

*This exhibition features a short film component as well as still photography, attendance of film screening on February 3 strongly encouraged

"To The Muse" is a a collection of still photos taken by Jacob Lambert during his time filming in Cuba. The artist reception will feature both the stills from his time in Cuba as well as a screenign of the short film he shot with young adults he met in his travels.

Bound by fear and led by the whisper of his muse, a young Cuban musician discovers the power of forgiveness as the key to his creative freedom. In order to forgive, he must first venture on a sobering journey of self-discovery, exploring the pain of broken relationships, the fear of his uncertain and changing future, and his desire to break free from a culture nuanced in tradition.

Artist Statement:
If there's anything I've learned in my travels, it's that we are fundamentally united by our need for meaning, for purpose, for love. Stories speak to satisfy that need, the human narrative that gives shape to all culture, faith, our celebrations and our grievings. After a few trips to Cuba, visually journaling my experiences and creating portraits of people I met, I snuck past a large metal gate, where I could hear the rhythmic thumping of a basketball and where I met the Crespo Kids, a group of young and charismatic teenagers living in the heart of Centro, Habana's poorest neighborhood. At that time, I had no idea our relationship would blossom and grow into brotherhood, and that eventually the film we would create together, To The Muse, would speak to these universal truths, a story of fatherhood, of loss and forgiveness. Alongside the stories I observed and heard during my travels to the island prior to making the film, the still images from this collection served as a visual diary, informing much of the narrative we chose to tell and the locations I chose to shoot. I am forever indebted to these kids and this community. They've treated me like a brother.

Instructor Tessa Cheek is a writer devoted to building artistic community through creative writing workshops, readings and storytelling events. As co-director of the Open Bard Literary Series, she helps bring talented writers to give readings at The Sherbino and workshops through Weehawken Creative Arts. When she isn't hanging at 610 Arts Collective and spreading the word about upcoming programs, Tessa sits on the Ridgway Town Council and Planning Commission. She also copy edits for a small poetry press. Tessa holds an MFA from Hollins University, where she served as a Teaching Fellow, Graduate Assistant and Assistant Poetry Editor of the Hollins Critic. Prior to moving to Ridgway, Tessa reported from Colorado’s state Capitol. In 2017, Tessa’s novel-in-progress won the Melanie Hook Rice Award in the Novel and her short story, “The Devil’s Terrible Nearness”, was nominated for the Best of the Net Anthology and a Pushcart Prize. You can find more of her creative and journalistic work at tessacheek.com or follow her @tessacheek.
  • February 10th
  • 6:00-7:00 pm
  • 610 Arts Collecitce (610 Clinton St)
  • $10 tuition

610 Arts Collective

610 Clinton Street, Ridgway CO 81432

The Sherbino Theater

604 Clinton Street, Ridgway CO 81432

Montrose Field House

25 Colorado Avenue, Montrose CO 81401

Weehawken Ridgway

1075 Sherman Street, Ridgway CO 81432


It’s important to know that some classes may be held in other locations that may not be listed above. Locations will be specified accordingly in class descriptions.

Our staff is  located at 610 Arts Collective.

Mailing address

PO Box 734, Ridgway CO 81432
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