Friday, June 16 at 7pm. (Doors open at 6:30pm.) 

We invite  the community to join husband and wife duo, Matthew & Paula Goldman, and Carla Panciera for an evening of literature, art, and herbal healing.  Matthew Goldman is The Constant Waterman and Rev. Paula Goldman is the owner and creator of Silver Circle HerbalsCarla Panciera is a Westerly native and an award-winning poet.

The Constant Waterman grew up in Hadlyme, Connecticut by the lovely Connecticut River, where his love of sailing first set him adrift.  Despite spending his college years away from the Atlantic Ocean, Union College offered canoeing in the lakes and rivers of the Adirondacks. After college he joined the Navy and discovered life aboard a 540’ ship with 800 other sailors.

Mr. Goldman began to write poetry in his twenties, and by the late 1970’s he’d become the editor of ‘A Letter Among Friends,’ a poetry quarterly under the aegis of the Groton Public Library.  He also experimented with pen and ink illustrating. After a move to RI and the purchase of a sailboat, he submitted short boating stories to several magazines. He progressed to writing about and illustrating local landmarks of southeast Connecticut. He and his wife, Paula, returned to Connecticut, where he wrote, illustrated, sailed his sloop, ‘MoonWind,’ and repaired other boats.  His pen and ink illustrations appear in local galleries, and his numerous black and white illustrated prints and cards, as well as his books, are available from stores about southeastern New England as well as from his website:


Rev. Paula Goldman, RN has been an herbalist since 2002.  She completed her Apprenticeship with Susan Clements at Red Fern Farm in Hope Valley, RI.  Paula made herbal products for several years, mainly for her family’s use.  In 2008, she opened Silver Circle Herbals and began to use her nursing and herbal knowledge plus her intuition to create more complicated herbal products.  Her Ordination as a Minister, Priest, and finally Bishop in the Madonna Interfaith Community increased her ability to tap into her intuitive side as well as the Spiritual World for more assistance.  She gives her products Reiki (energy healing) as she is creating them and adds special ‘blessings’ specific to each product to help make them work optimally.  Her mission is to bring natural/organic healing to as many people as she can.  Her herb shop in the Stage Coach House Inn in Wyoming, RI has become a meeting place for people to “just have a cup of tea and chat” while shopping and discussing each individual herbal need.  She creates products for a wide variety of conditions ranging from migraines to arthritis, all made in small batches by Ms. Goldman.


The event also features Westerly native Carla Panciera who will read her award-winning poetry and sign books.  Born in Westerly and raised on the former Tum-A-Lum Farm, Carla Panciera is the author of two collections of poetry, One of the Cimalores (Cider Press 2004) and No Day, No Dusk, No Love (Bordighera 2009). Her short story collection Bewildered (University of Massachusetts Press 2014) received the Grace Paley Award in Short Fiction from the Association of Writers and Writing Programs.  Carla is a high school English teacher in Ipswich, MA and lives in Rowley, MA, with her husband and three children.

About her poetry collection No Day, No Dusk, No Love, Jim Moore, author of Lightning at Dinner, The Freedom of History, and The Long Experience of Love says:

“I am drawn to things with no edges,” Carla Panciera writes in her marvelous book . . . and indeed she is drawn to such things. And it turns out almost everything, if you seek out its hidden joys and underlying sorrows, is a thing with no edge. The line between elegy and incantation is wonderfully blurred in poem after poem. This may be why the poems are never predictable: the edgelessness of Panciera’s universe means the poet is equally at ease with British Literature and American cows. It also means that the poems are a great pleasure to read.”


Tim Lebling from the Savoy Bookstorewill offer cookies and coffee with his "Wakin' up Waggin," and as always, the gallery is open for tax-free shopping!

This event is open to the public.  ​ Donations appreciated.


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Westerly Arts Café is not just a gallery space in Artists’ Cooperative Gallery of Westerly, it’s a meeting place, a point where art meets the community and “Where Art Comes Alive."  This new venue, now in its second year, combines all forms of Art, film, poetry readings, literary salons, music, theater, and performance art (and anything else we can offer). Our mission is to provide Westerly as a backdrop for all of the Arts and make Westerly a destination for artists and all who support the Arts.  We are also giving emerging artists a venue to perform and showcase their talents and established artists more visibility in our community. 

Our Website and Facebook page  will have all of the events.

Arlene Piacquadio 


Artists' Cooperative Gallery of Westerly