‘Silk City Love Affair,’ Joseph Verilla


A photo of Paterson in 1977, by Joseph Verilla.

It was a time, Joseph Verilla says, when, in Paterson, “smoke spewed from factory smoke stacks, water flowed through the raceways and the Fat Man served ‘Heavy Duty Soup’.” It was, more specifically, 1977, when Verilla took 30 black and white photographs of the city, which will be on display at the Paterson Museum from Sunday through Jan. 19.

Verilla — who taught ESL, creative writing and poetry in the Paterson School District for 35 years, and now teaches creative writing at the School of Visual Arts in New York — took the photos while attending Goddard College in Plainfield, Vt., and they are a part of the college’s permanent collection. He showed them to his wife while they were attending the college’s 150th anniversary celebration, last year, and he decided at that point to try to get them displayed.


An invitation to the opening of “Silk City Love Affair.”

The Paterson exhibition, titled “Silk City Love Affair,” also contains Verilla’s poetry and prose about Paterson, and some Paterson artifacts.

The opening reception, Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m., will include a reading by Verilla.

For information, visit PatersonMuseum.com.

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Robin O'Brien November 15, 2014 - 7:46 am

Hi, Joe..loved your Larry Doby exhibit. I will definitely come to town to see your photos. Great luck with the showing. Hope all is well.

Scott Presty November 17, 2014 - 10:43 am

Hey Joe…Long time and many suns and moons since the last time we shared a concert at the Capital. It looks like your happy and doing something you really love. Lots of luck and hope your family is well!
Catch any trout lately? I would love some of that meat bread!
Be well. I’ll be in NJ for a couple of days around Thanksgiving and if I have a chance I would like to stop by.


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