Visual Voices

Contact:  Jane Haw
(973) 684-5448




 In celebration of Women’s History Month, the Passaic County Cultural and Heritage Council at Passaic County Community College and the Paterson Public Schools are pleased to present VISUAL VOICES, an art exhibition by KIMBERLY BATTI, PATRICIA KAMINSKI and DONATA REILLY. The exhibit is the fourth in a series of five consecutive group shows to be held at the College by Paterson Public School art teachers. The exhibit is on view in the Broadway & LRC Galleries from March 10 through April 25, 2009.

The Broadway & LRC Galleries are located at Passaic County Community College, Broadway at Memorial Drive in the downtown historic district of Paterson, New Jersey. Hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. A reception for the artists will be held on Thursday, March 12, 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Admission to the exhibit and reception is free and open to the public.

Kimberly Batti is an art teacher, painter and freelance illustrator. She has illustrated on-line magazine articles, literary journals, children’s books and developed character designs for animation. Batti’s imagination and childhood memories are great sources of inspiration for her work in general and for the paintings and embroidered artworks in this exhibit. About her whimsical work, the artist states, “Inspired by captivating visual forms and fantastical color palettes, I seek to paint works that honor life experiences.” She recently illustrated her first children’s book, Charlotte Bakeman Has Her Say by Mary E. Finger. Her poster design was selected for the New England Oyster Festival, 2008. Kimberly Batti has exhibited her work in northeastern galleries, such as A.I.R. in New York City and her paintings are in collections throughout New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island.

For the past five years Patricia Kaminski has taught art at the New Roberto Clemente School in Paterson. Her work in this exhibition is a photographic presentation that captures her students’ school day. “My photographs portray the average and not so average day to day occurrences, seen through the eyes of me, their Art Teacher.” Kaminski studied photography at William Paterson University and interned at Lois Greenfield studios in NYC and with photographer Robin Schwartz. Ten photographs from her study on family life are in the permanent collection of the Johnson and Johnson Headquarters in New Brunswick, NJ, where she had a one-person exhibition in 2003.

Donata Reilly, a sculptor and painter, teaches art at School #9 in Paterson. A figurative sculptor who works with a model she is interested in the process of transferring the energy from the model into the clay. Reilly uses resin as a final material. “The use of resin allows me to describe the surfaces at a layered level, making the initial surface less opaque and absolute so the viewer’s eye can slide from the surface and travel around the fragile translucent edges. I purposely preserve texture and all marks including even my fingerprints, which are traces of my presence in both the process and the finished work.”

For additional information, please contact Jane Haw, Gallery Curator, at (973) 684-5448 or visit our website at  .

The Passaic County Cultural and Heritage Council at Passaic County Community College has been named a Distinguished Arts Organization and is funded, in part, by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment of the Arts.