SILVER LININGS: Paintings, Process and Poetry

features work by painter Katy Schneider and poet Jim Armenti.

Schneider and Armenti began a collaboration at the beginning of the pandemic. Each day, Schneider created a tiny exquisitely rendered painting of an object found in her home and emailed an image of the completed work to Armenti. In return, he sent her a poem inspired by the painting. Their collaboration is still going!

Katy Schneider’s 400 and counting 3×4 inch paintings of everyday objects as well as a group of 6×6 inch paintings will be on view in the Main Galleries. A selection of Jim Armenti’s object inspired poetry will also be on display. Visitors will be invited to write poems to go with Schneider’s paintings in a Poetry Process Gallery.


There’s no doubt in my mind that early

papyrus makers were simply copying.

There’s no end to animals chewing things

up and spitting them out as new material.

Who knows the person who was patient

and watched wasps season after season

Spitting out paper in their hexagonal cells

carefully glued onto a safe looking spot.

Their grey softness belying the pointed

and wary tips of their buzzing defenders.

All day every day the workers gather fluff

and duff, chewed sticks and bark to build.

And I am a big supporter or their efforts

and their creation thinking it quite clever

and wondering how many eons of development

it took to flesh out the method, the technique

of many independent builders flying in and

laying down just the one brick and then

getting out of the way hurriedly for the next

worker to bring the spit and gruel, the next

small patch of home space, the next incubating

cell bound on all sides by other small cells.

And it’s only when I repeatedly walk into their

path just over the back door that I say goodbye.