Art Gallery Celebrated National Poetry Month

UNION — For the fourth year the Les Malamut Art Gallery hosted on Thursday, April 28, at 6 p.m. “Painting with Words” an evening to celebrate National Poetry Month. The Les Malamut Art Gallery (wheelchair accessible, downstairs in the Union Public Library) is located at 1980 Morris Avenue, Union.

Hosted by Leona M Seufert, poet and Les Malamut Art Gallery board member, this evening was part of an ongoing series of free events taking place inside the gallery. Attendees were treated to poetry readings from six New Jersey poets. The evening’s selections of subject matter ranged from tragic, to comic, to uplifting. The audience enjoyed this literary evening and were also given the opportunity to view the current exhibit “Unique Visions” a multi-media group show by six New Jersey artists.


Participating poets who read their poems: Deborah LaVeglia, director of the PoetsWednesday Poetry Series at the Barron Arts Center in Woodbridge, Chris McIntyre publisher of The Idiom Magazine, Leona M Seufert, Roselle Park’s first Poet Laureate, Barbara Wirkus, curator for the Les Malamut Art Gallery, published poet Robert Rosenbloom, and Harriet Swan Barkei.

National Poetry Month is a celebration of poetry. It was first introduced in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets as a way to increase awareness and appreciation of poetry in the United States and is celebrated every April.

The gallery is open during Library hours. The Les Malamut Art Gallery, originally opened in March 1988 as the Wheelchair Gallery Inc., and through an elevator provides access to the lower level of the of the building where the gallery is located. Each year six to eight exhibits are mounted and have included various media. For more information about the gallery visit

(left to right, back row) Robert Rosenbloom, Chris McIntyre (front row) Deborah LaVeglia, Barbara Wirkus, Leona M Seufert, Harriet Swan Barkei

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