Monday, December 23, 2019

Maria Mazziotti Gillan and State of the Arts

Cat Woman With Leaf Hat
In addition to being an award-winning poet, Maria Mazziotti Gillan is a visual artist as well. In their December newsletter, State of the Arts featured her new website dedicated to her painting portfolio and where her artworks are also for sale.

One viewer, who learned of Maria Mazziotti Gillan on an earlier State of the Arts broadcast, then discovered her visual art and bought a piece: "I feel blessed to have a visual expression of [Maria's] thoughts in my very home."

The television program State of the Arts, which covers creative people in New Jersey is a New York and Mid-Atlantic Emmy Award-winning program that features documentary shorts about artists, musicians, dancers, playwrights, and poets.

Below is an earlier episode of the program featuring Maria talking about her childhood memories of Paterson, New Jersey in its Italian immigrant neighborhood, and how she found her way into poetry and found her own voice - and then returned to Paterson to share it with others.

Video produced by Susan Wallner; Narrated by Dan Gordon; Videography by Joe Conlon.
State of the Arts debuted on NJN Public Television in 1981, and aired as a co-production of NJN and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts until 2011. It is now a cornerstone program of NJTV, with new episodes co-produced by the Arts Council and Stockton University in cooperation with PCK Media. Tune in every week on NJTVWNET, and WHYY, and ALL ARTS.

Maria Mazziotti Gillan's most recent books are the poetry and photography collection, Paterson Light and Shadow  and the poetry collection, What Blooms in Winter. Her collection of poems paired with some of her paintings is The Girls in the Chartreuse Jackets. Her new artist website is at Maria's poetry website is

1 comment:

  1. it is what we all hope for :
    “It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child.”
    ― Pablo Picasso.
    we struggle - only to arrive where we really belong. from the heart