The Mother’s Day Freedom Project” – an exhibit featuring the art of Monica Nagle and Stephen Shaw

Opening reception is December 7, from 5 to 7 p.m.  Light refreshments will be served.

The Franklin Gallery at RiverStones Custom Framing, 33 N. Main Street in Rochester, will host an exhibit during the month of December called The Mother’s Day Freedom Project featuring the work of artists Monica Nagle and Stephen Shaw.  Kris Ebbeson, the proprietor of RiverStones Custom Framing and manager of the Franklin Gallery, will hold an opening reception on Thursday, December 7, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.  The public is invited and light refreshments will be served.

Nagle has spent the last 45 years as a socially conscious, collage artist, poet, jazz, folk and blues musician, author, publisher and educator. Originally from Buffalo, New York, she moved to New Hampshire in 1993 from Princeton, New Jersey.  She currently lives in Dover, New Hampshire and is a member of the Dover Arts Commission; serves on the Dover Homeless Coalition and will open her new studio in December at the new Dover Arts Center located at The Washington Street Mills.

“Monica’s poems are lyrical like songs that surge wave upon wave to the shoreline.  Many of the lyrics are entities by themselves but become reborn within a different context and emotional kinship when you hear them sung. They have the energy of Rimbaud, Shelly or Keats from a distant corridor of time, but they are modern words with an immediacy and intensity that knows no partition. Monica has a modern voice. She is a late 20th century, early 21st century songstress riding her real and imagined steed, as if within the frame of a Marc Chagall painting.” says Poet, Singer/Songwriter Lester Hirsh.

Former State Director of Arts and Humanities for the New Hampshire YMCA and creator of the award winning “Art of Living Program”, a national art focused community prevention program for middle and high school youth, Monica’s entire career has involved Arts, Poetry, Music and Community. She has toured and lived in Canada, the United States and Brazil.

The Mother’s Day Freedom Project is Monica Nagle’s latest collaboration with Concord artist, writer and musician, Stephen Shaw, who created 40 paintings, one for each line of Monica’s survivor and healing poem “If You Had Head My Voice” published in 2016 in her book by the same name.

The project goal, an anti-violence campaign, will HONOR those who “hear the voices of victims” and “heed the call” by gifting every police station, first responder’s office, domestic violence shelter, homeless shelter and recovery center in New Hampshire by Mother’s Day of 2018, with a custom framed and signed copy of her poem. The cost to sponsor a location is $100 which covers the cost of printing and framing.

The Mother’s Day Freedom Project “Travelling Gallery Show” will serve as a venue to help raise funding for many of the organizations receiving the gift of her poem. Monica is promoting her sponsors on The Mother’s Day Freedom Project Facebook Page and her website She is also working on a new book, documenting her journey with interviews and photos, in an honest dialogue, examining solutions to violence in each community receiving the gift.

Monica has recorded a new music album “Mothers and Daughters”, as well as a new spoken word CD of her book “If You Had Heard My Voice” for the project. Prints and notecards of the paintings will also be available for sale and a portion of all proceeds will be given to charity. She has set up a local fund for the Seacoast and will also be donating to Steven Tyler’s Janie’s Fund “A Big Voice for Abused Girls”, which is in partnership with Youth Villages. The Mother’s Day Freedom Project is scheduled to expand nationally after Mother’s Day of 2018.

RiverStones Custom Framing and the Franklin Gallery are open Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. For information about the The Mother’s Day Freedom Project exhibit and other RiverStones events and services, call (603) 812-1488, or send an e-mail to