Bright Hill’s Word & Image Gallery will opens the 2014 season with “It’s Only a Paper Moon,” an exhibit of original collages and poems by Brooklyn poet and artist Steven Hartman.
The exhibit’s opening reception will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, during which the artist will discuss his work and answer questions about his process. The exhibit will continue through April 26. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to noon Wednesdays and Saturdays and by appointment. The reception, which includes refreshments, is free and open to the public and will take place at Bright Hill at 94 Church St. in Treadwell.
At the opening, The Mollin-Clay Jazz Duo, consisting of bassist Rich Mollin and trumpeter/composer Carleton Clay, will play standards from the Great American Songbook, including Harold Arlen’s “It’s Only a Paper Moon.”
Hartman is the author of two chapbooks, “Pinched Nerves” and “Coffeebreak Poems,” He has had poems published in Coffeehouse Poetry Anthology, broken land (NYU Press), and many small press journals and magazines. A nominee of Downtown Magazine Poet-of-the-Year, he has performed his work on WBAI radio and at the St. Mark’s Poetry Project in New York City. He has also served as a board member of two nonprofit Brooklyn-based literary organizations, New Prospects and Poetlink. As former co-editor of “Pinched Nerves Press” and “Make Room For Dada,” he began making collages for the covers of poetry chapbooks. Since then, his collages have appeared in “Found Street,” “Taproot Review,” “Nailed Magazine.com” and “Nietzsche’s Brolly” as well as on the CD “Unbearables Portfolio.” His work has been exhibited in group shows at the Hudson Bar and Grill, ABC No Rio, 440 Gallery and Atelier Herenplaats (Rotterdam).