Thursday, December 1, 2016

"His Eyes Were So Blue" at Betsy Jacaruso Gallery

 L -"He Said Compassion"        R -"Belle Dress"

"Sound of Wind"
"He Said Compassion"

"Murmuration"  detail
Installing "Heart and Lungs"
"Heart and Lungs"

Sunday, September 25, 2016

"His Eyes Were So Blue" At Betsy Jacaruso Gallery

Opening Reception October 15, 5-7 pm

The Betsy Jacaruso Gallery is pleased to present “His Eyes Were So Blue”, an exhibition of sensuous, lightweight installations by Mimi Czajka Graminski.
 Her installations are inspired by materials that evoke a sense of gravity, invisible air, and shadow play—such as, delicate fabric, translucent paper, and airy wool. She says, “I see my studio as a laboratory where I collect disparate specimens and then manipulate and transform them, sometimes contrasting them with unlikely pairing”. The exhibition  “His Eyes Were So Blue” includes works where the shadow appears more solid than the physical media, and the appearance of fragility is contrasted by inherent strength. Graminski relates these qualities to the intersection of feminism and femininity—“where strength and delicacy exist on the same plane."
We will host an opening reception, free and open to the public, on Saturday, October 15th, from 5-7pm.
The show will remain on view through the month of October. 

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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

"But Today is Different" A Collaboration with Poet Sarah Stern at Joyce Goldstein Gallery

Sarah Stern and I are continuing our collaboration of poetry and sewn drawings in a new exhibit at Joyce Goldstein Gallery. Sarah will be featuring work form her book But Today is Different, (Wipf and Stock Publishers), as well as three new poems. I will have several new thread on linen drawings.

In speaking about how we arrived at our pairings, we started in a very literal sense—the colors and shapes and how there was an almost magnetic pull between the art forms. But then inevitably the conversation would go beyond that connection, to the very experiences that shaped the pieces and poems—the natural world, on being a woman in mid-life, family, on losing parents, on jobs, bonfires, and so much more. To us, these matchings feel personal and political, and the process by which they came together, deeply mysterious and humbling.

The exhibit at the Hammond Museum also continues until September.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

"Behold the Moon" at the Hammond Museum

The Opening at the Hammond Museum in North Salem, NY.

Monday, May 16, 2016

"Behold the Moon" at the Hammond Museum

I will be exhibiting two new wall installations. Image detail below.

Mimi Czajka Graminski Image: "Waning" detail,  fabric, wool 

''Behold the Moon'' an art exhibit to celebrate the Hammond Museum's 50th Anniversary of Moon Viewing - curated by Bibiana Huang Matheis.
 Opening Reception: Saturday June 11, 1-3PM
 Exhibit: June 8September 17, 2016
 Hours: Wednesday to Saturday: 12 Noon to 4PM
 Location: Hammond Museum and Japanese Stroll Garden
                   28 Deveau Road, North Salem, NY.
 Museum Tel: 914 - 669 - 5033,
North Salem NY - This year Hammond Museum and Japanese Stroll Garden is celebrating its 50th anniversary of Moon Viewing. The Annual Moon Viewing Concert (August 20) at the Hammond Museum is a tradition that was begun by the founder Natalie Hays Hammond in 1966. The elegant custom of eating, drinking, listening to music, and writing poetry while watching the moon, has been performed devotedly since the Tang Dynasty in China (618-906) and started in Japan in the middle of the Hein period (794-1192). To commemorate the event the Hammond Museum has asked Bibiana Huang Matheis to curate an art exhibit “Behold the Moon” to accompany the celebration.  The Exhibit will be on view for 3 months (June 8 to September 17). Bibiana Huang Matheis has invited 13 well established artists from the Hudson Valley, Connecticut, Long Island and NewYork City to participate in this multimedia art show. Included in this contemporary art exhibit, to honor an ancient tradition, are 8 site-specific installations. Artists are Carla Goldberg, Chuck von Schmidt, Eda, Eleni Smolen, Elizabeth MacDonald, Harry White, Illse Schreiber-Noll, Karen Fitzgerald, Leslie Pelino, Lisa Breznak, Lori Robeau, Mimi Czajka Graminski and Pam Smilow. The resulting art exhibit is a seamless flow of contemporary, contemplative visual poetry - Behold the Moon at the Hammond.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

HER Stories Performance: "Stitching Together" at ArtsWestchester

Stitching Together:Bean Dress, beans, fabric   Past to Future fabric  Grape Dress grapes, plastic  

Thursday, March 31, 2016

HER Stories Performance on Saturday April 2, 6-8 pm at ArtsWestchester

Mimi: Bean Dress (Center) fabric, beans ,thread

I will be working with 3 dress sculptures representing my mother, my grandmother and myself. Pictured above is Bean Dress representing my grandmother Rosa Monaco Mangiafico.

HER Stories

HER Stories is a multi-media performance featuring artists
Bettina “Poet Gold” Wilkerson
Bibiana Huang Matheis
Elisa Pritzker
Flora Vial
Magogodi Makhene
Mimi Czajka Graminski
Nalini Rau
Sarah Stern
“Her Stories” focuses on the strength, wisdom and perseverance of the female human spirit. Sources are varied and include a female shaman from an extinct tribe, wives of Italian fishermen, and a heroine’s tales from India among many others.
Each artist will deconstruct the actual events and reinterpret them through their individual medium: painting, video, music, poetry, drawing, sculpture, dance, spoken word, photography.

"Her Stories" is a free event with RSVP requested :

Location: ArtsWestchester Gallery at 31 Mamaroneck Ave. White Plains, NY 10601

Monday, March 14, 2016

Attachments Exhibition March 2016

Installing Hearts and Hawks crocheted yarn on photos, vellum, found objects
Hearts and Hawks (one panel) Installation

An Exhibition at

Millbrook Library 
3 Friendly Lane
Millbrook, NY 

March 5 - 31, 2016
Opening Reception and Gallery Talk 
March 5, 5-7 pm 

Monday, February 1, 2016


Atlantic Gallery  Dialogues  January 2016

 I was invited by Ruby Silvious to participate in this exhibition at the Atlantic Gallery in Chelsea. My work on the left was chosen to respond to her print, on the right.

Graminski: Left Top:For Alberto, Left Bottom:For Henri fabric and thread on vellum
Silvious: Right: Relief print

Ruby Silvious and Mimi Czajka Graminski are showing works inspired directly or indirectly by a recent Matisse exhibition. The connection was an indirect one stemming from the images stored in the subconscious. Both artists were influenced by the cutouts of Matisse but they took that inspiration in different directions. Silvious’ forms, while abstract, have references to Matisse’s botanical shapes. Graminski’s are also undulating and bulbous but they have a figurative quality. Both Ruby Silvious and Mimi Czajka Graminski reside in the Hudson Valley and are known for their 2 and 3 dimensional work.