Friday, January 8, 2016

Visual Homage for Maria

For Maria

This artwork is Howard Berelson's homage to Maria Gillan and her poety and teaching.

"It was my take on the crow and what it represented for Maria. I have been in her weekend retreat poetry workshops, co-jointly run with Laura Boss, as well as in her and Laura's workshops for mature adults for a number of years. The words as well as the symbolic images are mine alone as I am a visual artist, and my recent visual images, connected to poems have been informed by the words and  poems that I write. Needless to say, words are also visual, we see the images in our head as we write and hopefully the reader does the same.

An artist since childhood, Berelson illustrated children’s books, trade and text, studied mono printing with Roberto DeLaMonica, master printmaker and created collograph plates that were made from distressed sheet aluminum.

After a hiatus, when he won a teaching fellowship with the New Jersey State Arts Council's Art in Education Program, he taught for 24 years.

He took poetry workshops and began to look inward and finding the words and sentences around the same time that he began to work in Photoshop. he found the software to be "like opening a box of magic crayons" and began to think in layers of meaning alomg with the physical layers of visual transparencies.

Howard was awarded Honorable Mention in the 2015 and 2013 Allen Ginsberg Poetry Awards.

His website is

Maria's Official Site is at  Her latest publication is the poetry and art collection, The Girls in the Chartreuse Jackets.