Loading Events

Lines Connecting Lines 2022

An exhibit of poetry & the artwork it inspired

On View April 7 - June 1, 2022

Artist Gathering April 28, 2022, 6:30-8:30pm

The public is invited to a gathering
with the poets and artists.

About the Exhibition

Start with one work of art and allow it to grow and transform into a completely new piece of art in a different medium. It is not a unique idea, but it is one that has proven inspirational time and again. In this case the original art was poems written by local poets that then inspired new works of visual art. The outcome of this collaboration is the exhibit “Lines Connecting Lines” at Gallery UMA (145 Pleasant Street, Malden) opening Thursday, April 7.

This exhibit is inspired in part by this year’s Malden Reads book selection “An American Sunrise,” by Joy Harjo. This collection of poems written by Joy Harjo, deal with loss, memory, and the nature of joy and hope. The collection also explores human rights and socio-political equity across American cultures and communities (which is especially relevant to our diverse city of Malden), the values of various indigenous peoples, and the importance of our land and environment. As we step through the portal of the pandemic, we see the collection of artwork and poems of this exhibit as a springboard for ideas and conversations that will help us heal and move forward as a community.

It is hosted by Gallery UMA, curated by Lisa L. Sears and co-organized with David Chia

Advance REGISTRATION is strongly encouraged, so we can plan for numbers (given Covid uncertainty). With registration, attendees will receive access to an online gallery guide, complete with information about the artists, poets, poem readings, and more. (Detailed schedule listed below)

Participating Poets

Terry E. Carter
Kathy Fischer
Anna Geoffroy
Robert Hayes
Christopher Hickey
Judah Leblang
Julia Lisella
Jason M. Rubin
Felicia Ryan
Lisa L. Sears
Julian Smith
Jeff Taylor
Rachel Woodring

Header Art
Poem excerpt by Christopher Hickey; 
Artwork by Sharon Santillo, Emily Goldhammer, Jen Moltoni, Ose Manheim, Cassandra Peters, Edward Cardini

Participating Artists

Susan Altman
Edward Cardini
Marilyn Davidson
Linda Dolph
Sarah Gerould
Sioux Gerow
Emily Goldhammer
Jennifer Hunter
Peg Kane
Yana Lapaix
Ose Manheim
Jen Moltoni
Cassandra Peters
Chiara Pieri
Sharon Santillo
Elizabeth Scorsello
Kelly Slater
Stephanie Stigliano


With Covid still uncertain, we will try to manage the people flow in the small Gallery UMA space by offering two adjacent venues (Malden Senior and Teen Center, 7 Washington Street) with various happenings scheduled throughout the two hour stretch from 6:30pm-8:30pm.

  • 6:30-7:30pm – check in at either venue. At Gallery UMA, you can view the exhibit in waves of 10-15 people. At the Senior & Teen Center, you can view a film screening featuring images of all the artwork overlaid with recordings of the poems read aloud.
  • 7:30pm-8:00pm – formal gathering at the Senior/Teen Center with prize announcements, discussion and public readings of select poems included in the exhibit
  • 8:00-8:30pm – as in the first hour, check out the exhibition at Gallery UMA and/or view the video at the Senior/Teen Center.
  • UMA will provide parking validation stickers for parking in nearby parking lots or garages. Present your parking pass to the welcome desk at either venue to receive the validation stickers.

Covid protocols

  • Masks are REQUIRED to be worn at Gallery UMA, as the space is small and it is not possible to maintain a safe physical distance for guests who wish to take full safety precautions.
  • Masks are ENCOURAGED (but not required) at the Malden Senior/Teen Center.
  • Do not attend this event if you are not feeling well or were recently exposed to someone who tested positive for Covid.

Gallery UMA Hours

  • Monday – Wednesday noon – 6:30 pm
  • Thursday noon – 7 pm
  • Fridays by appointment: 11am – 6 pm.  (To make an appointment, please give 24 hours advance notice by emailing ose@umaverse.org)

*Hours are subject to change if there is a rise in Covid cases.

This project is supported, in part, by a grant from the Malden Cultural Council, a local agency, which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.