Visual artist/poet/author Mimi Aloia will read poems and journal entries related to her exhibit, "Eye on Venice: The Sacred and the Profane," currently in our gallery.
The poems and journal entries were written during her time living and working at a studio in Venice while exploring the art history of that city and its environs. Ms. Aloia will also lead discussion about her exhibit and the mixed media art process.
As an instructor in the visual arts as well as poetry, creative writing and journal-keeping, Ms. Aloia is a strong advocate of journal-keeping, and will also discuss the importance of creative writing in general, offering interaction and learning opportunities for all present.
Admission of $10, $5 for members includes a light reception.
IN OUR GALLERY
"EYE ON VENICE: THE SACRED AND THE PROFANE" BY MIMI ALOIA
Mimi Aloia is both a visual artist and poet/author of books, essays and journals. This current exhibit began during her 1983 summer session in Venice, Italy as part of New York University Master's Studio Art Program.
"The underlying and original works of the digital photos presented are mixed media collages, made in my studio at the Institute of Architecture in Venice, Italy in the summer of 1983. Last year I updated these collages by incorporating cut pieces of photos I had taken in Venice during that same time. I built these pieces into the original collages to add additional structure and color to the compositions. I then decided to digitally photograph these completed works.This exhibit is the result of this three-step process accomplishing these mixed media digital collage photos which were ultimately enlarged."
Ms. Aloia taught acrylic painting and poetry and creative writing classes at the United Federation of Teachers in Staten Island for 15 years, retiring in 2009. She also instructed classes in oil painting for 15 years at an Adult Continuing Education program at Susan Wagner High School. She has published and illustrated two books of poetry, and is currently working on an autobiographical book that includes poems and prose, drawings and photo collage. She has exhibited her works and read her poems at numerous venues throughout Staten Island and Palm Beach, Florida She is a member of the Staten Island Poetry Society, Poets of the Palm Beaches and the National League of American Pen Women.
"Eye on Venice: the Sacred and the Profane" may be viewed during regular museum hours, with paid museum admission, until Saturday, July 13, 2013
The Garibaldi-Meucci Museum is owned and administered by the Order Sons of Italy in America.
The Garibaldi-Meucci Museum was the home of Antonio Meucci, the true inventor of the telephone, and a refuge to Giuseppe Garibaldi, the legendary hero who championed the unification of Italy. For over 50 years the museum has fulfilled its mission to preserve the legacies of these great men, and to promote understanding of the Italian-American heritage through cultural, artistic and educational programs and classes.
Regular museum hours are 1 p.m.-5 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday. Admission is $5 per person, members and children under 10 are free. Call ahead for groups of 10 or more. The first floor of the museum is wheelchair accessible, but the restroom is on the second floor. At press time, program funding has been provided through the Order Sons of Italy in America; by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; the Office of the Staten Island Borough President, Richmond County Savings Foundation; Northfield Bank Foundation; The Staten Island Foundation; The Lois and Richard Nicotra Foundation and by grants allocated by New York State Senator Diane Savino and New York City Council members Vincent Ignizio and James Oddo.