Sun, Nov 19|
Sheryl Massaro, Artist Reception and Book Signing
Meet the artist and enjoy light refreshments (beer and wine available for purchase). Free event, donations welcome. The reception will also mark the first book signing of Massaro’s translation of the Duino Elegies, a series of ten mystical poems by Austrian poet Rainer Maria Rilke (1875–1926).
Time & Location
Nov 19, 2023, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Poolesville, 19929 Fisher Ave, Poolesville, MD 20837, USA
About the event
With visions of celestial beings, flashes of nature, and everyday scenes both dreamlike and real, Sheryl Massaro connects the cosmic with the commonplace in “Of the Angels,” a new Riverworks exhibition that sees hard questions about life as new inspiration for reflection and hope.
Featuring 17 oil paintings paired with excerpts from Massaro’s translations of the poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke, “Of the Angels” explores vivid imagery and subtle emotions that help us recognize and affirm our universal experience. “I’m fascinated by life’s undertow,” Massaro says, “the unspoken, unseen energy that bonds artists and poets with their viewers and readers.”
“Of the Angels” will be on display from Wednesday, November 15, 2023, through Sunday, December 31, 2023, at Locals Farm Market, 19929 Fisher Avenue, Poolesville, Md. This show is the ninth Riverworks “Artist in the House” exhibition to be featured on the second floor of the historic house at Locals.
An opening reception will be held at Locals on Sunday, November 19, 2023, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The reception is free and the public is invited to attend.
The reception will also mark the first book signing of Massaro’s translation of the Duino Elegies, a series of ten mystical poems by Austrian poet Rainer Maria Rilke (1875–1926). Often cited in popular culture for their references to angels, the Duino Elegies are long, challenging monologues in which Rilke yearns to make sense of love, suffering, beauty, the fragmentation of the modern world, and the humility of all humanity before the vastness of creation.
Each painting in “Of the Angels” is paired with an evocative excerpt from the translation, which Massaro hopes will give modern readers, especially young people, an entry point into these eloquent but daunting poems.