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N. M. Hoffman and Gloria Matuszewski with Donna Seager – The Roses [Special Art & Poetry Event]

Presented by Book Passage at Book Passage, Corte Madera, Corte Madera CA

Jun 10 2023
N. M. Hoffman and Gloria Matuszewski with Donna Seager – The Roses [Special Art & Poetry Event]

N.M. Hoffman- photo credit Peter G. Schmidt; Gloria Matuszewski- photo credit Renee Jahnnke

You are invited to a presentation by the translator and the painter of The Roses, N.H. Hoffman.

In-Person Author Event
* Saturday, June 10, 1:00 pm

The Master’s French Solace: The Roses by Rainer Maria Rilke

The Roses, a series of poems by Rainier Maria Rilke (not appearing), is a gift of solace offered in a new book by poet, N. M. Hoffman, and painter, Gloria Matuszewski. The book is comprised of Rilke’s original French, a new English translation and visual images that heighten the beauty of the text.

In an age requiring so much of it, Solace is the force that exudes from these poems. It is a kind of Solace that replicates the Solace enforced by Time, but by means of a cinematographic intimacy with the life of the Rose that startles us from our instant grief.

You are invited to a presentation by the translator and the painter of The Roses, N.H. Hoffman, moderated by Gallery Director, Donna Seager of the Seager / Gray Gallery, 108 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley, CA 94941, with additional readings from a new art book forthcoming from KH&W with poems by N.M. Hoffman; images from the paintings of Gloria Matuszewski: The Chairs.

About Kearns, Howard & Walker Kearnes, Howard & Walker is the publishing arm of the Hubert H. & Elsie Lui Family of Students, originally established in Chicago in 1968 and subsequently based in San Francisco and the Bay Area from 1979 to the present. For more information and author’s; painter websites

Gloria Matuszewski earned her bachelor’s degree in art from the University of California in Berkeley, a secondary teaching credential from SF State University and participated in Graduate Studies at JFK University in Arts and Consciousness.

Her artwork has been featured in the Art in Embassies Program in Saudi Arabia and in Myanmar. She has exhibited in many national shows and throughout the state of California for 35 years. Her work is in several collections including Kaiser Hospital, Marin General Hospital, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, William F. Black Collection, the Ron Collins Collection, Stanford Medical Center Collection and the Tempe Public Library in Arizona.

Matuszewski is represented by the Lori Austin Gallery in Healdsburg, CA and the Andra Norris Gallery in Burlingame, CA. The artist is also an active member and exhibiting artist at the Marin Museum of Contemporary Art. She lives in Novato, California.

A native of New Orleans, Donna Seager’s education was at the University of Texas, where she studied Art History and English.  She began in the art business in 1979, working in galleries in New Orleans, Boston and San Francisco.

She was the director of the Marlborough Gallery in Boston before moving to California in1989.  She continued to work in galleries in the Bay Area until 2005 when she opened Donna Seager Gallery.  In 2011, she partnered with Suzanne Gray to form Seager Gray Gallery and moved the gallery to Mill Valley where they are a cornerstone of the Marin arts community.

Seager has distinguished herself for her discerning eye and commitment to the arts in her area. She has given lectures on the art of the book at international fairs in Miami and San Francisco and curated an exhibitions at the Brooklyn Public Library, the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art the Sun Valley Writers Conference. She has served on the board of the San Francisco Art Dealers Association and The San Francisco Center for the Book and was the chair of the Marin County Cultural Commission.


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1:00 pm - 2:30 pm


Book Passage, Corte Madera

51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, CA 94925

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