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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. 


The show will be available for viewing upstairs in Locals' historic storefront during open hours:

Wed, Thurs: 7:00am - 3:00pm
Fri, Sat: 7:00am - 8:00pm
Sunday: 7:00am - 3:00pm
Mon, Tues: closed


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). 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 an entry point into these eloquent but daunting poems.

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