M & M: One Intention – Two Views

Contact Jane Haw

March 2, 2012

(973) 684-5448



In celebration of Women’s History Month, the Passaic County Cultural & Heritage Council at Passaic County Community College is pleased to present M & M: ONE INTENTION – TWO VIEWS, abstract paintings by New Jersey artists MADELEINE RIBBING­MESSIHI and MARRIOTT SHELDON.  The exhibition will be on view in the Broadway & LRC Galleries at Passaic County Community College from March 7 through April 19, 2012.

A reception for the artists will be held in the Broadway Gallery, Thursday, March 8, 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.  Admission to the exhibit and reception is free and open to the public.  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.

Madeleine Ribbing-Messihi and Marriot Sheldon are both abstract expressionist painters, but their approaches to painting are unique.  Born in Stockholm, Sweden, Madeleine Messihi studied dance from an early age.  She states, “My extensive dance background profoundly influences my approach to painting where my love for movement comes to play in the physical aspect of “moving” over the canvas.  The canvas becomes a stage where I work on the whole painting throughout the entire process, constantly changing focus and energy.”  Marriot Sheldon’s experience living in China had a great impact on her artwork which is shown in her use of calligraphic line integrated with shape and color.  Her work draws on ideas from Buddhist and Taoist philosophies and reflects her love of nature and interest in social issues and environmental activism.  She says, “My work is an experiential path to self discovery and spiritual growth.”

Madeline Ribbing-Messihi studied at The National Academy of Art, NYC; Parsons School of Design, NYC; The Juilliard School of Performing Arts and Ballet Akademin, Stockholm.  She has exhibited her work at Ward Nasse Gallery, NYC; Nexus Gallery, NYC and the Belskie Museum of Art and Science, Closter, NJ, among others.

Marriott Sheldon received a Master of Fine Arts degree from William Paterson University and a BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  She also studied art at East China Normal University, Shanghai, China, and Central Art Academy, Beijing.  She has shown her work at William Paterson University; A.I.R. Gallery, NYC; Glance Gallery, Raleigh, NC, and Hong Kong University.  Sheldon is currently an adjunct professor of art at Passaic County Community College and Bergen Community College.

For additional information, please contact Jane Haw, Gallery Curator, at (973) 684-5448 or visit our website at www.pccc.edu/art/gallery.

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

The Passaic County Community College Art Galleries strive to maintain a barrier-free facility including complete access for patrons using wheelchairs. Large print materials, FM listening systems, select audio publications and Braille transcriptions are available on request.  Please contact (973) 684-6507 for availability.