On the Verge of a Story: An Exhibition of Paintings and Collages
by Linda Hillringhouse and Maria Mazziotti Gillan
ART EXHIBITION / RECEPTION & POETRY READING
AT THE HISTORIC HAMILTON CLUB IN PATERSON
On the Verge of a Story, an exhibition of paintings and collages by Linda Hillringhouse and Maria Mazziotti Gillan will be on display in the Hamilton Club Gallery at Passaic County Community College (PCCC) from November 15, 2023 – September 26, 2024.
A reception will be held on Saturday, November 18, 2023, from noon – 1 p.m. The same day beginning at 1:00 p.m., the Poetry Center’s Distinguished Poets Series will present a poetry reading featuring contributors to the Paterson Literary Review. The program is free. An open reading follows.
Both events will take place at the historic Hamilton Club Building, 32 Church Street, in downtown Paterson. Parking is available at the PCCC parking lot on College Blvd., between Memorial Drive and Church Street. For more information, write to [email protected] or call 973-684-5444.
Linda Hillringhouse is a self-taught painter and award-winning poet. She has exhibited her work at the Newark Museum, Paterson Museum, Yale School of Art, Ben Shan Center for the Visual Arts at William Paterson University, the Sandy Bennett Gallery at the Bergen Performing Arts Center, Englewood, NJ, among other venues. She is included in the 20th Century Self-Taught Artists Archive at the Museum of American Folk Art in New York. Hillringhouse says of her work that the figures she paints “seem stunned by the miraculous visible world but somehow know they are bound to the invisible world. My paintings seem to occur on the border between these realms.” Her book of poetry, The Things I Didn’t Know to Wish For (NY Quarterly Press, 2020), was shortlisted for The Eric Hoffer Book Award Grand Prize in 2021. lindahillringhouse.com
Maria Mazziotti Gillan is an award-winning, nationally known poet with more than twenty books to her credit, the latest being When the Stars Were Still Visible (Stephen F. Austin University Press, 2021). She is the founder/executive director of the Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College and editor of the Paterson Literary Review. She is Professor Emerita in Creative Writing at Binghamton University, SUNY. Gillan is a self-taught painter and collagist who says of her work: “My art comes from an instinctive place. In my watercolors and collages I try to do what I do in poetry—that is to let go, to allow the wise old woman who lives in my belly to take over.” She has exhibited her work at various venues on both the east and west coast. mariamazziottigillan.com
The Hamilton Club Building is wheelchair accessible; large print materials and FM assistive listening devices available on request. The Poetry Center at PCCC is funded, in part, by a grant from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. The Hamilton Club Gallery is open M-F from 8 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and on select Saturdays during poetry readings.