New Boutique & Gallery!

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My company, Maia Gilman Architect PLLC, recently completed interior layout design services for a new boutique and gallery in Chatham, NJ, called Scooch A Mi. Check it out! Owner Ellen Eppie has a full range of creative, colorful, culturally-varied and affordable gifts for the holiday season and beyond. I’m thrilled to contribute the thriving of this local business and hope that you will too.

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Here’s the lovely Ellen at her desk – stop by and say hello!

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Wishing you all the best,

Maia

-www.maiakumarigilman.com

My Art Opening & Book Signing – Tonight!

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One of the best moments of this whole art-and-book work came this morning when I went into the Lundt-Glover Gallery before all the lights had been turned on, and my artwork was hung and level on the walls, readied the day before for tonight’s art opening. Alone with my art and the diffuse skylight-filtered light… this was an immensely satisfying moment.

I made a couple of videos this morning to share with you:

 

 

And the next amazing moment happened just an hour ago, when I was leaving the gallery for a quick errand, and two young women chased after me to ask about my work, life and heritage, after they’d had a sneak peek at the show. We had a buzzy and beautiful chat and I hope I’ve inspired a couple of new writer-painters in the process.

 

And we’re adding a new component to the wine-art-book-music of tonight: a doodling art station where guests can grab an oil pastel or two and doodle away while sipping wine and listening to classical music. It’s going to be fun!

 

Join us if you can – and if you can’t, you can read about it here after.

Lundt-Glover Gallery, Chatham Township Municipal Building, 58 Meyersville Road, Chatham, New Jersey, USA

Opening of Eterna Solo Art Show and book signing of The Erenwine Agenda: Friday, 15 September 2017, 6:30pm-8:30pm (tonight!)

A wilderness journey from heart to home

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Have you ever wondered what’s happened to the wilderness of the suburbs? Wondered how to reconnect with nature when you’re city-based and not feeling mobile to visit lesser-explored lands? Asked for just a few minutes of wonder and stillness, without having to travel too far to find it?

That’s what I am sharing with you–an encapsulated journey of how one person I know very well, has discovered all of these things.

I’m writing not about my own take on wellness and wilderness, but about that of my husband, Tom, an avid paddler for decades. He recently took an adventure trip overnight, right from almost-our-backyard. Read on to learn more of his local kayaking adventure, exploring the lush wilds of New Jersey.

Turning it over to Tom and his GoPro camera–let yourself live through his words and images for a few minutes of your day. Click on each heading or photo to follow along or go directly to his blog to read directly.

1 – Intro

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2 – Putting in

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3 – Herding Herons

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4 – The Flats and the Meadows

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5 – The Chatham Chop

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6 – Canoe Brook Water Reservoir to Great Piece Meadows

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7 – The Great Piece Meadows

8 – Second Day

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9 – Canoes vs. Kayaks

10 – PI – Poison Ivy

11 – a bit about trees

That’s it! Hope you’ve enjoyed a bit of this Passaic journey. More soon.

All the best,

Maia & Tom

 

 

 

 

 

Heading out for the weekend? This Saturday/Sunday only, my books are free!

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Jump on it!

Described by shaman Janet StraightArrow as

a journey of awakening and finding positive ways of taking action to assist a world in environmental distress

and by architect and AIA Middle East president Raya Ani as

a timely and contemporary novel about love and care for the world—The Erenwine Agenda helps us understand how we might navigate from a place of non-communication to a place of resolution.

You guessed it, I’m running my last free book weekend starting tomorrow, Saturday July 1st, to Sunday July 2nd – after that we go to multi-outlet sales, including Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Apple, etcetera.

If you’d like to download two of my books for free, this is your last chance! I’m offering my love story about fracking, The Erenwine Agenda: a novel as well as my Reiki manual, entitled (very creatively!) Reiki: a manual. You can download now and read later.

Thanks everyone and please spread the word! I am hoping for oodles of positive review of both books on Goodreads and Amazon, especially in advance of the print editions which are coming out this fall.

Happy long weekend,

Maia

www.maiakumarigilman.com

Getting Personal…

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I’m working on a new bio, inspired by Dan Blank. It’s taking shape…here it is:

I design, write and paint to reveal deeper connecting rivers of light that flow through our problems and carry us to solutions. I am interested in the weave of words, images and form as they fix our focus on what we think matters in any moment in time. My work is evolving now: as an architect, in a careful, climate-ready approach to renovating existing and historic buildings; as a writer, in crafting my second novel about creative states of consciousness; as an artist, in a series of paintings aimed at targeting the viewer’s attention to that which is eternal, and of upward motion.

I moved to New York on the strength of two months of dreams: every night the same dream. I was painting large, colorful, abstract images and everywhere I went, things worked out through the kindness of strangers. I took jobs in architecture, my “field” of study, and wrote about the environment, published a novel (my first, visionary eco-fiction). The abstract painting began after over a decade of living in the New York area, for me now expanded to New Jersey, after saying out loud over a game of Scrabble, “drawing for me is like breathing,” and realizing I had work to do in shifting from decades of pen sketching realistic spaces, to translating the essence of what I saw and felt of my meditative experience enhanced through my practice of Reiki. And so I began to paint, and the weave became richer, tighter and more compelling to me as a creator.

I knew I’d be a creator from a young age, and so becoming an architect was not a surprise. Limiting myself to architecture was not a possibility, since I see life too spherically to stay within the boundaries of one traditional discipline. My training in architecture (at the University of British Columbia, in Vancouver, Canada) and practice in historic restoration (in New York City) gave me a strong foundation (pun intended!) for understanding the fundamentals of form and function, and it was from that vantage point that I branched out into the more visionary aspects of translating experience into art. The work is both grounded and expansive.

I’ve always been a writer. First it came as small stories I wrote for myself, and poems, then articles, published, and poems, published. In the same way that my first novel was more globally about ecology and specifically about fracking, so is my second novel more broadly about creative states of consciousness and more specifically about medical marijuana. There is a third novel, in the ethers, which is generally about transportation, and specifically about high speed rail networks. All of these works are as seen through the lens of architecture, which for me is a focusing device using the skills and vantage point that come easily to me.

I’m lit up by talking about light and color and space, and by hearing what inspires others in their work. I adore teaching others, children in particular, about how to tap into that essence and to find an expression of it in built, sculptural, three-dimensional form. This began long before I had my own children, now entering their teenage years, and it has formed a colorful thread in the larger weave of my work. Sharing what I know at every step is part of my learning and my growth as an architect. As a creator. I continue to work the weave, to find new threads, in design, words and paint – and I am always excited to share that unfolding with people whose flow brings us together.

-Maia

www.maiakumarigilman.com

Most Iconic

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Vancouver Public Library | Raining

main floor, main branch, Robson Street,

before it was Virgin, and Victoria’s Secret, and empty before –

Timothy Findley.

A most iconic author

stood, and read.

An ambulance passed, fast in the rain, lights reflecting off that sheer glass façade –

Timothy Findley:

a most iconic author,

stopped, and breathed.

He stood and said nothing, just closed his eyes a moment.

Then,

“I always say a prayer whenever an ambulance goes by.”

A most iconic author.

-Maia

www.maiakumarigilman.com