'Eye on Venice: The Sacred and the Profane' Opens at Garibaldi-Meucci Museum 4/20

'Eye on Venice: The Sacred and the Profane' Opens at Garibaldi-Meucci Museum 4/20

On Saturday, April 20 at 2 p.m. the Garibaldi-Meucci Museum will host a free artist's reception for "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 program included extensive art history courses and travel with Professor Philip Rylands, Director of the Peggy Guggenheim Museum in Venice.

She explains "Eye on Venice:" "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.

Admission is free. After the opening, this show may be viewed during regular museum hours, with paid museum admission, until Saturday, July 13, 2013.

Don't miss your last chance to see "The Art Couple: Photographs by Vincent Verdi and Ann Marie McDonnell," currently in our gallery. This show will close on April 13.